Buick Debuts Velite 6 In China – PHEV Launching This Year, BEV Later On


Both are production models, with the PHEV to go on sale first later this year.

***UPDATE – Live images from debut of Velite in China have been added to this post.

Following yesterday’s unveiling of the Enspire Concept, Buick is ready to roll out a pair of production models. Both go by the name of Velite 6, but one of them is a plug-in hybrid whereas the other takes the shape of a fully electric vehicle. Before you ask which is which, the one on the right lacks the combustion engine (and the fuel cap on the rear fender).

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Buick Velite 6
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Speaking of the ICE, the plug-in hybrid version comes with a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter gasoline engine that has been “tuned for hybrid vehicles.” It works together with two electric motors, an electronically controlled variable transmission, and a lithium-ion battery pack to give the partially electrified Velite a maximum range of 700 kilometers (435 miles).

Fuel consumption in the combined cycle stands at a remarkably low 1.4 liters / 100 km. Doing a quick conversion, that works out to 168 miles per gallon, but bear in mind the number is not exactly accurate considering the method the cars are being tested in China and in the United States is significantly different.

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The plug-in hybrid Velite 6 will offer several driving modes, allowing the owner to switch between the power of the combustion engine, the punch delivered by the electric motors, and their combined forces.

As far as the pure electric version is concerned, details about the zero-emissions model are rather scarce at this point. Buick says it benefits from a new-generation powertrain that will provide customers with a “smooth, quiet and natural driving experience.” Like with the PHEV model, the entirely electric Velite 6 will be accessible via the owner’s smartphone set to work as a virtual key to enter and start the car.

The first to go on sale will be the plug-in hybrid scheduled to be launched in China this year, with the EV programmed to arrive at a later date.

Press blast below:

Buick VELITE 6 Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Enspire All-Electric Concept SUV Make Global Debut in China

WUZHEN – The Buick VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and the Buick Enspire all-electric concept SUV made their global debut this evening at a launch event in the scenic Chinese city of Wuzhen, Zhejiang.

Buick also announced that the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be launched this year and its sibling, the VELITE 6 electric vehicle, will be introduced in China at a later date.

Buick VELITE 6

Buick is focused on electrification, connectivity, intelligence and sharing in line with its Buick Blue new energy vehicle strategy. The VELITE 6 represents the latest application of this strategy.

The two VELITE 6 models leverage electrification and connectivity technology from SAIC-GM’s parent companies, including Buick’s newest electric propulsion technology and connectivity technology. They are based on the VELITE Concept new energy vehicle that was unveiled in November 2016.

The VELITE 6 has a dynamic posture coupled with a wide stance. The modern, streamlined shape aptly represents the innovative exterior styling that matches the new nameplate’s exciting technological character.

The high-performance propulsion system of the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is composed of an EVT electronically controlled variable transmission, two AC permanent-magnet synchronous motors with a high-performance lithium-ion battery, and a 1.5L naturally aspirated engine especially tuned for hybrid vehicles.

The motors and engine efficiently optimize power in different driving modes – such as the hybrid-driven mode of the motor and the engine, the single-driven mode of the motor, and the single-driven mode of the engine. It has a range of 700 km and combined fuel consumption of 1.4 liters/100 km.

The new-generation modular high-performance ternary lithium-ion battery pack will be assembled at the new state-of-the-art SAIC-GM Power Battery Development Center in Shanghai. The battery incorporates leading battery heat management technology, providing independent and uniform temperature control of each battery unit via liquid cooling. This will ensure a longer life cycle and more stable performance.

The VELITE 6 electric vehicle will adopt a new-generation pure electric drive system to offer customers a smooth, quiet and natural driving experience.

The flexible and open cloud-based Buick eConnect technology in both models enables cutting-edge services and over-the-air update capability. With exclusive accounts, users can personalize their settings for OnStar, navigation, internet use and more. Music and destinations can be sent to the car display screen via WeChat in real time, for one-button navigation and listening. Users can also directly receive information about their vehicles’ condition and recommended maintenance.

VELITE 6 users’ smartphones serve as a virtual key to enter and start the vehicle. They can authorize others to use their vehicles through their phones as well. Additional functions and new features will continuously be added to improve the user experience.

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31 Comments on "Buick Debuts Velite 6 In China – PHEV Launching This Year, BEV Later On"

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It’s a nice enough looking car although I’d much prefer the Enspire come to production soon!

The Velite 6 might make it out of China in some form. When GM Authority asked Buick if it was China only or intended for global markets, Buick responded that the truth was “Somewhere in the middle.”

Perhaps it could be coming out here as a Chevy Volt variant in a year or two…?

The Velite 5 and the current gen Volt are badge swaps. Why not do the same with the Velite 6?

I wonder if GM will give the Volt the Cruze hatchback treatment (true hatch)….and drop the current liftback version.

I’d still rather see a “true” CUV Volt variant though (Voltec Equinox!)

I’m concerned this new car has the same roofline as the current Volt, in other words, no fix for the rear seat head room issue.

Its for china market

Nah i see GM lifting the Volt and replacing the t shape battery for a flat floor and designing it like a regal x

The Chevy Volt does have a hatch. Cruze hatch Volt Hatch very similar

Article just got real photo. To me it is clear it is a Volt2 with CUV-like roof. This looks like it will fix rear seat headroom, improve visibilty and expand cargo. Air drag may take a small hit, but clearly a winner. Wish the US Volt woild get the new roof. The rest of the styling is not an improvement on Volt2 IMO.

Maybe, keep the Volt & Bolt EV, & ADD the new “Jolt”, a more Bolt Like Body, but with full Flat 40 kWh Battery, giving 150 EV Miles Range, plus Voltec drivetrain to run another 300+ miles on Gas, for Road Trips.

That would not make sense to have a 40 kWh battery and an ICE. Better a smaller battery for a plug in hybrid… say with 50 miles range on electric.

Hmm….dunno about the styling of those.
I do wonder if the body style of the Velite 6 plug-in is what may eventually replace the Volt, since the Volt is reportedly on the chopping block.

“v”ing it might be the only way to save it. But then they’d have to do something about the range. Any range loss would mean a reduction in ZEV credits. It only just gets the full 1.3.

GM gets plenty of credits from the Bolt. The Volt credits are likely just a bonus, which makes it easier for them to chop the Volt as perhaps replace it with a lower range CUV plug-in.

It looks like they may have addressed the back seat issue. Looks like more cargo space as well. I like it well enough from these pictures, but I’m just not a fan of the now trendy “twisted rag”, tortured sheetmetal look. Designers are now just chucking creases in just for the hell of it just make it look more “designey”. Cars sort of have this gaunt, anorexic look now.

I think it will do better in US as a Buick, rather than a Chevy. The price will be about $40k, which is in line with Buick expectations.

The Velite 6 PHEV drive trains sounds very similar to the current Gen 2 Voltec drive train.

1.5 L naturally-aspirated engine.

EVT transmission

dual PM motor/generators

“ternary” (in-three-parts) modular battery pack with each module having independent cooling.

Drive modes generally match Gen 2 Voltec

Perhaps by emphasizing that the pack is “modular” and with independent module cooling loops, they meant they split up the pack and relocated individual modules about the vehicle to give more usable interior space and a real 3-passenger rear seat.

That’s because it _is_ the Volt drivetrain.

So we should expect very small battery in PHEV if there was nothing to brag about

Looks like computer art. Still no real photographs with product release a few months away? The nre roof line would be great on the US Volt, addressing rear headroom ussue and possibly rear visibility issues.


Some photos of both the Enspire and Velite 6 can be found here. At the auto show this month they will be better viewable to the public. (hopefully)

So there should be more photos on the web.

Any idea about battery sizing for either car?

Pic makes it out as if it has about 60 cells (1/3 the size of the Gen 2 Volt).

Looks liek a bit of a cross between the Bolt and Leaf. Agree with Wade though…that Enspire is much sharper looking and likely punches above its weight class.

I keep hoping for full electric or “higher EV range” PHEV (like 35+ EV miles) small SUV to replace my wife’s XC60, but everything is a tease or years away.

The current XC60 T8 is cool, but at 18 miles of EV range, less than half our miles would be electric…:(

Looks like they hired some designers from Toyota. Overdone, but if it sells……

Seems obvious it is a Gen2 volt with sheetmetal changes and a more CUV -like rear hatch. The hatch very similar to I-Pace treatment. Hope we get that asoect in the US Volt

Then it wont cost that much to make

No details whatsoever about the Velite BEV, not even a launch/further announcement date given, so it should eb ignored for now.

Its a bolt with a longer sportier hood and buick badge

Yes and a desperately needed change. Trying to sell a $45,000 Chevy car with little utility just never matched up with their demographic. However an ‘SUV’ can easily fetch that kind of money especially without a Chevy badge. It might be 90% the same vehicle and only noticeable changes are the rear end but it’ll sell much better. I presume also it will allow them to introduce and AWD version.

You know, I see a little bit of Gen 1 Opel Ampera in the front.

This could be the 3rd generation Volt, if GM were to be so smart as to do one.

A few too many creases on the side for my taste ,but a good looking car with a form factor that makes a whole helluva lot of sense nonetheless.

Low, sleek hatches with enough height in back to stow stuff = BRILLIANT. perfect form factor for an only car in a small to medium sized family. The more duties one car can do the better. So many EVs are purchased as a 2nd, 3rd or 4th car in a household.

I particularly like the sleek, small surface area nose of the car. Who needs the huge faux grilles like BMW, Jag, Audi and others are pasting onto their new EVs?!.

Some pictures of the dark blue EV version would be appreciated. Perhaps a separate article?

Hi everyone! Is the 1.5l motor still connect to the transmission? Why not get rid of the transmission and use a gazoline motor as a generator only for charging the battery? This way the electric motors are the only propulsion system. For sure you need a generator powerful enough to charge the battery and supply the motor but its a much simpler system the having the need of the transmission. The motor could be tune to a fix rpm for optimizing the generator. What do you think?