Buick Velite 5 Launches With *72 Miles Of Electric Range

6 months ago by Eric Loveday 11

Buick Velite 5

The Chevrolet Volt’s fancier cousin has arrived in China and Buick says it can go up to 72 miles on battery power alone.

Of course, that 72-mile figure in on China’s more optimistic testing cycle, so expect real-world electric range to be more Volt-like at 53 miles or so.

Here’s the statement of range from General Motors China:

“Equipped with GM’s latest intelligent electric drive system, the Velite 5 offers up to 768 kilometers of range in extended-range mode. Its prioritized pure electric driving mode provides 116 kilometers of range, fulfilling consumers’ demand to commute with zero petroleum consumption and zero emissions.”

Buick Velite 5

GM adds:

“With the Velite 5, Buick continues to establish itself as a pioneer in green technology in China. The Velite 5 is the first hybrid vehicle manufactured in China with fuel consumption below 1.0 liter/100 kilometers. Its average fuel economy performance is as low as 0.9 liter/100 kilometers.”

Impressive for sure, but this is a Volt with a tweaked exterior, upscale interior and a new badge, so we already know its specs. What about pricing? Well, General Motors China revealed that too.

“Two trim levels are being offered. The 1.5GL is priced at RMB 265,800 and the 1.5GS is priced at RMB 295,800. Each is eligible for a subsidy of RMB 36,000 from SAIC-GM.”

Breaking that down into U.S. dollars (after subsidy), pricing is as follows:

  • 1.5 GL – $33,367.70
  • 1.5 GS – $37,723.79

And because smog is an issue in China, Buick has equipped the Velite 5 with an advanced air filtration system:

“A highly efficient automatic air-conditioning system filters out PM2.5 fine particulate matter and odors.”

The Buick Velite 5 made its on-stage debut yesterday in Shanghai. Orders can be placed now.

Press blast below:

Buick Velite 5 Extended-Range Electric Vehicle Debuts in China

Expands its portfolio of new energy vehicles

SHANGHAI – The Velite 5, Buick’s first extended-range electric vehicle, made its global debut in Shanghai today. It is the latest iconic product from the brand in the new energy vehicle segment.

Equipped with GM’s latest intelligent electric drive system, the Velite 5 offers up to 768 kilometers of range in extended-range mode. Its prioritized pure electric driving mode provides 116 kilometers of range, fulfilling consumers’ demand to commute with zero petroleum consumption and zero emissions.

With cumulative retail sales of more than 8 million units in China, Buick is committed to expanding its portfolio of new energy vehicles. Under the Buick Blue strategy, it will introduce additional new energy vehicles in China in the next two years, including hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and pure electric vehicles.

With the Velite 5, Buick continues to establish itself as a pioneer in green technology in China. The Velite 5 is the first hybrid vehicle manufactured in China with fuel consumption below 1.0 liter/100 kilometers. Its average fuel economy performance is as low as 0.9 liter/100 kilometers.

Buick Velite 5

The Velite 5 features GM’s proven EVT electronic controlled intelligent variable transmission. The system has a double high-performance, permanent-magnet electric motor drive unit. This supports its hybrid-exclusive 1.5L direct injection engine as well as its new-generation lithium battery pack.

It is the second model that wears the Buick Blue badge, joining the LaCrosse hybrid electric vehicle launched last April. Two trim levels are being offered. The 1.5GL is priced at RMB 265,800 and the 1.5GS is priced at RMB 295,800. Each is eligible for a subsidy of RMB 36,000 from SAIC-GM.

Buick Velite 5 highlights:

Power Split technology used in both pure electric and extended-range mode ensures that each power source contributes its fair share in different driving modes to maintain high energy efficiency and provide consistent driving performance.
Multiple intelligent safety systems include adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane keep assist (LKA), automatic parking assist (APA) and high-beam assist (HBA). All trims come with 10 air bags as standard.
Modern aestheticism and compact coupe styling blend with interior spaciousness to meet a range of user needs.
Keyless entry and push-button start enhance convenience.
A highly efficient automatic air-conditioning system filters out PM2.5 fine particulate matter and odors.
A Bose premium sound system has eight speakers for acoustic pleasure.
Next-generation OnStar telematics service is free of charge for five years. With 4G LTE, users can enjoy a range of safety and security, connectivity and mobility services.
OnStar’s mobile app enables users to remotely monitor vehicle conditions, such as power level and charging status, and search for public charging facilities.
An 8-inch high-definition touchscreen supports Bluetooth, voice recognition and Apple CarPlay, offering a safe high-speed connectivity experience for the driver and passengers.
The Velite 5 will take center stage on the Buick stand at Auto Shanghai 2017, which starts this week.

Buick is an international brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning models in North America and China. Buick has sold over 8 million vehicles in China since its introduction by SAIC-GM in 1998. More information on the Buick brand in China can be found at Buick Media Online.

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11 responses to "Buick Velite 5 Launches With *72 Miles Of Electric Range"

  1. Kdawg says:

    So would we count sales of these as “Worldwide Volt sales”?

    1. Mikael says:

      Only if it suits your narrative. 😉 The Leaf was the worlds best selling EV last year, but not if you don’t count the badge slapped onto the Nissan Venucia Leaf. 😛

      Volt/Opel Ampera/Vaxhaul Ampera/Holden Volt? Buick Velite?

      Bolt/Ampera-E?

      Expect people to have double standards.

  2. Bacardi says:

    Are there any difference in features/options? The “luxury” interior looks the exact same except for the badge and different seat cloth…

  3. GreenMD says:

    It looks like the 2 tone on the Velite has black on top of the dash, unlike the 2 tone leather option on the Volt. Good idea.

  4. Jim Bo says:

    Did they just drop a finer PM 2.5 filter into existing ventilation system? If so, that could be good aftermarket for US Volt, assuming it is a finer filter with compatible flow rate.

  5. Joe says:

    subsidies are provided by GM-SAIC joint venture?
    Not by the Chinese government?

    Is it because it’s not sold under a Chinese brand?

    thanks

  6. BenG says:

    Looks sweet.

  7. Samwise says:

    If you want to see just how much American car manufacturers really just don’t get EVs look at the model numbers.
    You have an electrically driven car, with model numbers based on the displacement of the back up generator…

  8. ModernMarvelFan says:

    ““A highly efficient automatic air-conditioning system filters out PM2.5 fine particulate matter and odors.””

    Wish I can get that in the Volt in the US.

    Heck, my gen 1 Volt doesn’t even come with an cabin air filter at all!!!

  9. Jim Bo says:

    It would seem easier for them to make a high flow pm 2.5 filter than to develop a new hivac system. So it may be as easy as acquiring that filter.