Buick Velite 6 PHEV & BEV To Launch In China

APR 4 2018 BY MARK KANE 12

Buick announced two new plug-in electric cars that will soon be introduced in China.

Buick VELITE 6 (New Energy Vehicle in all-electric and plug-in hybrid version)

Those two cars are the all-electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the new Velite 6 model, based on the Velite Concept (PHEV) unveiled in November 2016.

Buick already offers in China the Velite 5 (aka second generation Chevrolet Volt in the U.S.).

We don’t know how the production Velite 6 looks just yet (upper image is a concept, while on the right is just a teaser), but GM said that both powertrains / battery systems are new tech:

  • PHEV: …will feature a high-performance hybrid electric vehicle propulsion system, which will maximize performance, fuel savings and range
  • BEV: …will adopt an all-new battery electric vehicle propulsion system, which will ensure a comfortable electric driving experience

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Buick notes that the Velite 6 will play a vital role in  GM’s overall vision of zero emissions. There is no word on whether the China-produced (we believe) Velite 6 will ever go on sale in the U.S.


Buick Velite5

“Buick will add two new models to its China portfolio – the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and VELITE 6 electric vehicle – to tap into the fast-growing domestic demand for new energy vehicles.

The new models will leverage electrification and connectivity technology from GM and its partners, including Buick’s newest eMotion electric propulsion technology. They are based on the VELITE Concept new energy vehicle that was unveiled in November 2016.

The VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will feature a high-performance hybrid electric vehicle propulsion system, which will maximize performance, fuel savings and range. The VELITE 6 electric vehicle will adopt an all-new battery electric vehicle propulsion system, which will ensure a comfortable electric driving experience.

As part of the Buick Blue new energy vehicle strategy, the two models will play a vital role in addressing GM’s vision of zero emissions and providing more intelligent options in its largest market.

Buick is focused on offering its customers worldwide a range of electrified options – from mild hybrids to all-electric vehicles. The new models will join the Regal Hybrid, VELITE 5 extended-range electric vehicle and LaCrosse Hybrid in Buick’s electrified lineup in China.”

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I’m interested to see what the Velite 6 ends up looking like. Hopefully very similar to the concept Velite with minor production tweaks, as that looked pretty sharp.

As for the all-electric Velite, I’d have to think it’ll have the Bolt’s powertrain?

Velite 6: Might just fix the Volt’s rear seat headroom problem! Maybe there will be a Volt 3.0 with the same roofline?

Will deliveries start in 2018?

It’s expected to hit in late 2018 in China. But we should know for sure later this month when it is revealed at the end of April.

Hopefully it is planned for the US as well!

Yes, are we seeing the new design for the Volt 2019?

I hope so. The hatchback (that’s not a cool word I suppose) version looks really sharp and practical. It has the looks of a $40,000 car which is really what needs to happen here.

Also put that drivetrain in the Buick Regal Tourx.

While I like wagons personally, there’s a zero chance of that happening ever, or at least not before SUV/CUV platform gets it. That’s what the sales numbers point to …

The TourX is begging for a plug.

The roofline in Volt is so curved that the glass extends to the roof of rear seat passenger. Velite looks like a more conventional hatch where the roof extends to the trunk area which means the sunlight will not beam on the head of rear seat passengers and this makes them comfortable during summer day time.

But I am puzzled at whey they use so many different names like Volt, Ampera, Velite and so on. Why not a single name that will be a global brand. Still no info on the specs or Velite 6.

GM has sold Opel to PSA.

Maybe GM should consider selling (more) Buick cars in Europe?

I’m going to assume the Velite 6 to use both the Volt (the PHEV variant) and Bolt (the BEV version) powertrains to minimize cost and make use of Chnia’s growing EV appetite.

I’m personally interested in the Velite 6 with the Bolt powertrain. The Bolt as most know is a great car and buyers whom I spoke to all love it. The primary complaint (Superchargers aside) is the seats and cheap feeling interior, something Buick does better than Chevy. If they considered the US market, it could be marketed as an upscale Bolt.

If I pass on cars made in Asia now, these would be included. No Chinese electronics, no Chinese cars. Please don’t make me bail on GM.