Buick Velite Plug-In Hybrid Concept Revealed

2 months ago by Eric Loveday 20

Buick Velite Concept

Buick Velite Concept

Buick Velite Concept

Buick Velite Concept

Over in China, at the Guahnzhou Auto Show, Buick rolled out its Velite plug-in hybrid concept.

Buick says this is strictly a concept with no concrete plans for production, but we believe otherwise.

The press blast on the reveal of Velite contains only a few details. Here are some highlights:

  • serves as a template for future new energy vehicles under the brand’s Buick Blue strategy.
  • is characterized by its high-performance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain with GM’s new-generation modular intelligent electric drive system at its core.
  • incorporates a high-performance modular lithium-ion battery pack.
  • sophisticated technology will be applied in Buick’s upcoming PHEV model.

There are no specific figures to be found anywhere in the press release, so we have no info on battery capacity, electric range, etc.

But there is this bit of promising info in the release:

“Based on various platforms, additional products featuring HEV, PHEV, extended-range electric vehicle (EREV), and all-electric powertrains are on the way from Buick to provide diverse, intelligent solutions for green mobility.”

Buick Velite Concept

Buick Velite Concept

Full press release below:

Buick Velite Concept Makes Global Debut in China

GUANGZHOU – The Buick Velite Concept made its global debut today at Auto Guangzhou 2016. The new model serves as a template for future new energy vehicles under the brand’s Buick Blue strategy.

The development of the Velite Concept was led by the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), GM’s engineering and design joint venture with SAIC, leveraging GM’s global resources. The Shanghai-based team drew inspiration from water and traditional Chinese culture to create a vehicle that is efficient, intelligent and green.

The model has an innovative crossover body that combines a sporty design with practical space. Flowing lines and rippling, sculpted curves reflect Buick’s all-new design language while improving aerodynamics. Its wing-shaped front grille is matched with intelligent matrix LED headlights, giving a hint of Buick’s styling for future new energy vehicles.

Like all Buick models, the Velite Concept has an elegant interior. Its integrated design includes recycled materials, a panoramic sunroof and induction ambient lighting, again pointing to design trends for upcoming new energy vehicles.

The Velite Concept is characterized by its high-performance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain with GM’s new-generation modular intelligent electric drive system at its core. It incorporates a high-performance modular lithium-ion battery pack.

An enhanced electric drive unit and intelligent controls help maximize performance and fuel savings under different driving conditions. The sophisticated technology will be applied in Buick’s upcoming PHEV model.

The Velite Concept serves as a mobile network. Users can enjoy an interactive human-machine experience thanks to its efficient and convenient connection with their intelligent devices as well as the application of innovative technologies such as cloud-based connection and storage, customized service and remote operation.

Another notable feature of the Velite Concept is its 360-degree intelligent traffic induction system supported by sensors on the car body, which enables multiple functions such as hazard warning, lane and safety distance keep assist, high-speed adaptive cruise control, low-speed automatic driving and night vision.

The introduction of the Velite Concept follows August’s global debut of the Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and demonstrates Buick’s effort to speed up the implementation of its Buick Blue new energy vehicle strategy.

Based on various platforms, additional products featuring HEV, PHEV, extended-range electric vehicle (EREV), and all-electric powertrains are on the way from Buick to provide diverse, intelligent solutions for green mobility.

Besides the Velite Concept, Buick is also showcasing the recently launched new-generation Buick GL8 and GL8 Avenir at Auto Guangzhou 2016. Based on its breakthroughs and innovations in terms of design, comfort, safety, quality and technology, the new-generation GL8 has set a new benchmark for large luxury MPVs. The first model under Buick’s Avenir sub-brand, the GL8 Avenir fully expresses Buick’s design aesthetics of “go beyond the classics” and the customer-oriented Buick Care customer service program.

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20 responses to "Buick Velite Plug-In Hybrid Concept Revealed"

  1. CLIVE says:

    Design rip-off.

    Looks like the IDS concept in many ways.

    1. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

      Meh. It looks like the Chevy Cruise hatchback.

      1. Aaron says:

        I’ll bet it is based off the same chassis, bringing the possibility of this car being real that much closer.

        1. CLIVE says:

          Hatchback aside the Cruise is a smaller car and looks nothing like it.

  2. JP DeCaen says:

    Pretty nice body design. Is blue glass standard?

    1. mx says:

      Yes, very good design.

  3. ffbj says:

    I like it. I think GM will make it too. They want to get more into Jhina, and this is about only way to do it. Joint ventures.

  4. mx says:

    Does this fix the rear seat headroom problem of the Volt?

    1. DonC says:

      There is more headroom in the Volt than the Model S, even after the headroom in the latter was “fixed”. There is, however, very little legroom.

      The Cadillac ELR took this a step further, fixing the headroom issue by eliminating all legroom in the back. So no problem with the headroom since no one will be sitting back there.

      1. Aaron says:

        Fact checked: Correct. The 2017 Volt has 1/2″ more rear headroom than a Tesla Model S.

  5. DonC says:

    The big deal is the statement that Buick will be turning out many different types of electrics. That’s possible because GM can turn out HEVs, PHEVs, EREVs, and BEVs with the same Voltec system. AFAIK it’s the only major manufacturer which can do this. You’d expect it to jump on this advantage and drive for more market share. So far it hasn’t done this, but perhaps this is changing.

    1. Anon says:

      Likely only in China, ’cause their government is more pro-environment than Trump’s Administration.

      1. Lior Sempson says:

        You are wrong. Trump will be just fine for EVs. Just sit and watch.

        1. Spider-Dan says:

          Wrong!

          SAD

        2. Anon says:

          My God, you actually voted, too. Sad.

          Learn facts about your poor choice for a ‘President’, instead of using your gut feelings to judge his behavior. Your neglected brain cries out to be utilized:

          http://www.ecowatch.com/trump-ebell-epa-advisor-2097121562.html

        3. Aaron says:

          Lior, I hope you’re right. His rhetoric on the environment (over 50 tweets saying it’s a Chinese-made hoax) and his appointment of climate change deniers makes your statement unlikely to be true.

  6. ClarksonCote says:

    Is this different than Buick’s rebadged Volt? I thought that was going to be called the Buick Velite?

    1. Kdawg says:

      It’s the same car I believe. To me, the styling looks a mix between a Gen2 Volt and the Buick Riviera concept.

    2. larry4pyro says:

      Its not clear. The vague amount of information doesn’t rule out the possibility of a Volt clone, but it also doesn’t rule out an entirely new EV. I wonder if this reveal has anything to do with the strange press releases awhile back where GM says the Bolt is on an entirely new, and as yet unnamed platform. Couple this with the 400k reservations for the Model 3 with similar performance but better looks, and I’m wondering if the Velite might be a battery EV designed to attract some of the people interested in the Model 3.

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