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  • Chevrolet Bolt officially revealed at this year's Consumer Electronics Show
  • Fully electric hatchback offers wedge-shaped design and futuristic interior
  • Bolt also touts a 200-mile range and pricing that Chevy says is "affordable"

Chevrolet has used this year's Consumer Electronics Show to reveal its latest ultra-efficient new model: a fully electric hatchback called the Bolt. Featuring futuristic styling and an impressive new powertrain, the Bolt is expected to go on sale by the end of the year with a starting price that Chevrolet says will be "affordable."

For many car shoppers, the most exciting thing about the upcoming Bolt is what's under the hood. While Chevrolet has not yet confirmed final details -- including battery size and horsepower -- the automaker has announced the most important number: 200. That's the Bolt's range in miles, and it places the hatchback in near-Tesla territory for a lot less money.

How much less? Chevrolet hasn't announced that either, though the automaker promises that the Bolt will be "affordable" when it reaches dealers in late 2016 as a 2017 model. Although Chevrolet hasn't defined affordable, we expect the Bolt's starting MSRP to roughly mirror that of the Nissan Leaf, which offers an Environmental Protection Agency-estimated range of up to 100 miles and a price tag in the low- to mid-$30,000 range before tax incentives.

While Chevrolet hasn't announced other specifics, such as charge time and dimensions, we know the Bolt will boast a 10.2-inch center touchscreen, which will host Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. Other features include GM's standard OnStar system with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, a 360-degree camera and EV-specific mapping that designs routes to maximize range and provide locations for nearby charging stations.

As for styling, we now know that, too -- though we had a pretty good idea what the Bolt would look like after Chevrolet rolled out a concept version at last year's Detroit Auto Show. While the production model isn't as wild as the concept car, it still offers a similar, wedge-shaped profile -- and a highly futuristic interior.

Like most EV shoppers, we're excited to hear more about the Bolt as Chevrolet announces more details closer to the hatchback's end-of-year launch.

What it means to you: With a 200-mile range and unique styling, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will undoubtedly make a splash when it reaches dealers later this year.

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