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I have been wondering if they are going to have the Bolt available at the fair and if you would be able to get into the vehicle (they have some cars that are on stage where you cannot access them). It appears as though they will.
I should be going on the 23rd, so I will be sure to get more pictures and report back on what I think.
Based on the wheels, I believe this is the LT trim.

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Apparently so! I found this today in YouTube:

"2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV (LT Trim) First Look/ Impressions/ Review"

I love the Red! Tell us your impression(s) of the Bolt EV after the Fair, please!
 

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The Bolt looks so nice in deep red! Let's hope you can actually climb inside because Chevy apparently locked the doors for the paris motor show.
 

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I have spent a good amount of time in the car show there and where that vehicle is placed is on the general show floor where you will be able to access it. Very rarely do they have a vehicle in that area locked and with the windows down, I would not expect it to be. I am curious to get to talk to someone from GM. The manufacturers typically have a fair amount of well trained marketing staff on hand (I have had some lengthy conversations with people at Ford and VW in the past). Also with the Gm assembly plant in the area, and GM heavily sponsoring the fair, there are a lot of GM corporate folks around. I am excited to see it and see what the wife thinks.
 

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That means you can ask them questions that we have about the Bolt. Not sure if this has already been answered by someone, but will the Bolt use resistive heating or a heat pump?
 

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Maybe we should make a list of questions and pick a few ?
That might actually be a good idea. I am curious to see what information they will have and if I can find someone with more than just basic marketing knowledge. I was hoping to make it to the fair sooner, but I will not be going this weekend.
 

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It turns out that I will be going tomorrow and not Sat. I will try to make a list with some questions if I can find a highly knowledgeable person. We shall see.
I will try to get some good pictures and let everyone know what I think.
 

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I am going to try to find out what the 'sport' button specifically does. I have seen it in several pictures it is on the bottom row of buttons in the center stack, blow the hvac and radio controls, it looks like there is the hazard/emergency flashers button, then a sport button the the heated seats button.
 

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I am going to try to find out what the 'sport' button specifically does.
Changes the mapping on the throttle. The "go pedal" will be more responsive, but it will not change available horsepower, torque, etc.

On some EV's, "Sport" mode does make more horsepower available.
 

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I was able to confirm that the Sport mode will only alter the throttle response (and it actually may not be that noticeable a difference). The product specialist that I was speaking with has been working with the vehicle since the initial launch so was quite knowledgeable about the vehicle even thought I didn't have many questions. There was another gentleman there who had some questions about the 12 volt battery and the rep was actually able to give some information about that so overall I felt that they had a pretty good grasp of the vehicle although they still guard a lot of the technological information. I did find out that they are supposed to have a Premier trim vehicle at the Fort Worth auto show that is the first week in Dec. We may be seeing the vehicle show up at dealers in CA around this time as well so I may not go see it. There was no additional information regarding vehicle availability or any plans for roll-out although they hinted that it could possibly be similar to what was seen with the Volt (most likely CARB states first) but GM could also go with markets with high Volt sales volumes as well.
As far as the interior, I think that it is somewhat comparable to other Chevy vehicles. It was ok, but nothing to write home about. The seats seemed comfortable and there was a good amount of room. The drivers seat leg room was more than adequate. I felt that I would probably be most comfortable at 2 to 3 clicks forward, so there should be room for folks well over 6 foot tall. With the front seats all the way back there was still adequate room in the rear for most anyone. One thing I did notice was that for my personal comfort, the steering column could have telescoped out slightly further. I felt like I might have ended up moving the seat forward just a touch more to have a more comfortable reach to the steering wheel.
The back seat was as roomy as suspected, no issues with 2 adults back there, and a third adult would probably not be ab issue for shorter trips. There is not an arm rest/passthough in the middle seat, just the 60/40 split. The backrest latch was easy to operate (I have experienced some vehicles where it was difficult to depress the release).

I could not open the tailgate, but it had the false floor in place and I would say that there is about 4 inches in depth below the cover.

One thing that I did find out is that they are using a new version of the Michelin Energy tires on the Bolt. The rep said that this is the first production vehicle with this tire. It has what they are calling a 'self sealing' technology that will withstand a puncture up to a quarter inch without losing pressure. My only question there will be replacement cost. The regular version of the tire runs about $130 each and I am not finding the self seal version widely available yet (and its possible that they could be sold exclusively through Chevy dealers)
http://www.michelinman.com/US/en/why-michelin/michelin-selfseal-technology.html
 

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The LT does NOT have an armrest in the middle seat in the rear.
The Premier DOES (with 2 cup holders)! See this video:
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Note: the Premier has the black painted wheels and the roof rails (the LT has the all-silver wheels and no roof rails).
 

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The LT does NOT have an armrest in the middle seat in the rear.
The Premier DOES (with 2 cup holders)! See this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f87QNA_Nn_g

Note: the Premier has the black painted wheels and the roof rails (the LT has the all-silver wheels and no roof rails).
So the Premier it is, thanks ! Definitely need those cup holders.. it just legit is a necessity.
 

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The rear seat looks like a tight fit in the picture even though you said that there's adequate leg room. :eek:
What's that lever looking thing beside your left foot in the driver footwell?
 
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