scottf200 wrote: GRA wrote:
2019 Chevy Bolt Gets Minor Updates – No Range Improvement
I take issue with "Minor updates". GM will finally allow people who don't want leather seats to have the same safety features as those who do, as the 2019 will allow you to order Driver Confidence Package II on the LT, previously only available on the Premier:
Driver Confidence II Package: Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision
Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking and
IntelliBeam automatic high beam assist.
That is a trivial building issue that is just a procedure on the floor and in their computer which should have been available from day one. That is no upgrade. It is very doubtful that people did not buy the Bolt because of that.
I completely agree that it should have been offered across all trim lines from the start, as safety options shouldn't be bundled with comfort and convenience options. Unfortunately that's what most companies continue to do, owing to the high profits from the latter. While it's no upgrade to the car itself, it is an upgrade to the people who don't want to pay extra for a bunch of options they neither need or want, dropping the entry price for those they do want by several thousand dollars. Sometime in the next few years all cars will come standard with AEB (at least), but until then safety advances will continue to be available incrementally as an option, and every drop in their price is an upgrade. Other than that, about the only major things Chevy needs to upgrade (or at least have better quality control) are the seats, and within the next MY or two the QC rate, which is already below that of the Ionic and the upcoming Kona/Niro BEVs, the latter two in particular likely being the Bolt's direct competitors.
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on Mon May 14, 2018 5:39 pm, edited 3 times in total.
Guy [I have lots of experience designing/selling off-grid AE systems, some using EVs but don't own one. Local trips are by foot, bike and/or rapid transit].
The 'best' is the enemy of 'good enough'. Copper shot, not Silver bullets.