Buick has now confirmed that its upcoming EREV offering for China will indeed be the Velite.

First reported by us some 6 months ago, the Velite is basically a rebadged Chevrolet Volt with some subtle exterior and interior changes.

Buick has released just the one lone teaser image of the Velite (as shown above). However, from previous spy photos, including the pair of images directly below, we get a solid idea of what Velite looks like in the flesh.

Buick Velite

Buick Velite

Buick Velite

Buick Velite

Buick officially calls the car Velite 5, possibly due to its ability to seat 5 individuals.

The press release from Buick has a few more details on Velite:

Buick announced today that the Velite 5, its first extended range electric vehicle (EREV), will be launched shortly in China.

The Velite 5’s pure electric driving mode is prioritized to meet daily user demand for zero emissions and fuel consumption, with the electric driving range surpassing an estimated 100 km. In EREV mode, the model can deliver a total driving range of over 750 km, eliminating so-called “range anxiety” and opening a new chapter for electric mobility in China.

Further down the road, Buick says it will launch a PHEV and BEV in China. Both of these vehicles will hit the market within 2 years.

Here's a look at the dramatic Velite concept so that you can see how much its design changed in the production version.

Buick Velite EREV Concept

Buick Velite EREV Concept

Press blast from Buick China below:

Buick Announces Velite 5 Extended Range Electric Vehicle Coming to China

SHANGHAI – Buick announced today that the Velite 5, its first extended range electric vehicle (EREV), will be launched shortly in China.

Leveraging GM’s proven EREV technology, the Velite 5 also offers advanced connectivity and safety technologies.

It is equipped with GM's latest electric drive system that features the company’s patented 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 liquid-cooled, high-performance ternary lithium battery pack.

The Velite 5’s pure electric driving mode is prioritized to meet daily user demand for zero emissions and fuel consumption, with the electric driving range surpassing an estimated 100 km. In EREV mode, the model can deliver a total driving range of over 750 km, eliminating so-called “range anxiety” and opening a new chapter for electric mobility in China.

Last year, Buick launched the all-new LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle and hosted the world premiere of the Velite Concept, which served as the template for future new energy vehicles under Buick's strategy in China.

In the coming two years, Buick also plans to introduce plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in China.