Buick Velite 6 Plus gets more power (110 kW) and battery capacity (52.5 kWh), but stays below $30,000 after incentives.

Buick just launched a second, more-capable all-electric version of the Velite 6 multi-activity vehicle (MAV) in China.

The entry-level Velite 6 BEV introduced in April 2019 was equipped with a 35 kWh battery pack, good for 301 km (187 miles) NEDC, and an 85 kW electric motor.

The new one - Buick Velite 6 Plus - is equipped with a 52.5 kWh battery pack and a 110 kW electric motor for up to 410 km (255 miles) NEDC, but it's also some 135 kg heavier (1,675 kg).

"The original VELITE 6 MAV was launched in April with an electric driving range of 301 kilometers. As Buick's first global all-electric vehicle and SAIC-GM’s first electric vehicle for the mass market, the VELITE 6 integrates resources and advanced technology from GM and SAIC for new energy and connected vehicles. It represents the latest application of the Buick Blue strategy."

Buick list also tons of safety features:

"With safety as a priority, the VELITE 6 PLUS comes with a range of advanced technologies, including six air bags, Forward Collision Alert (FCA), Collision Mitigation Braking (CMB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA), Bosch's Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). In addition, it has a 10-inch touch-sensing center console and supports over-the-air (OTA) updates, Super ID and a virtual key."

"VELITE 6 customers are entitled to 100G of free OnStar 4G LTE data service every year. The warranty remains effective if the vehicle’s ownership changes, ensuring a high residual value."

It will be quite interesting to see how GM's brand will cope with BEV sales. Currently, the Velite 6 will be sold after national subsidies at:

  • Velite 6: from RMB 165,800 (≈$23,412) and RMB 185,800 (≈$26,236) 
  • Velite 6 Plus: from RMB 177,800 (≈$25,106) and RMB 199,800 (≈$28,213)
 
Buick Velite 6 Plus
Buick Velite 6 Plus

Buick Velite 6 Plus specs:

  • 52.5 kWh battery pack (140 Wh/kg energy density)
  • range of up to 410 km (255 miles) NEDC
  • energy consumption of 13.1 kWh/100 km NEDC
  • 0-50 km/h in 3.6 seconds
  • 110 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque
  • 0-80% DC fast charging in 40 minutes (5 minutes adds up to 40 km of NEDC range)
  • 1,098 liters of space
  • length of 4,650 mm, a width of 1,817 mm, a height of 1,510 mm and wheelbase of 2,660 mm
  • curb weight of 1,675 kg
Buick Velite 6 Plus
Buick Velite 6 Plus

 

Buick Velite 6 specs:

  • 35 kWh battery pack
  • range of up to 301 km (187 miles) NEDC
  • energy consumption of 13.3 kWh/100 km NEDC
  • 0-100 km/h in 11.8 seconds
  • 85 kW of power and 255 Nm of torque
  • 1,098 liters of space
  • length of 4,650 mm, width of 1,817 mm, height of 1,510 mm and wheelbase of 2,660 mm
  • curb weight of 1,540 kg
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Buick Launches VELITE 6 PLUS MAV Electric Vehicle in China

Increases electric range to 410 kilometers on a single charge

2019-10-12

SHANGHAI – Buick launched the VELITE 6 PLUS MAV (multi-activity vehicle) electric vehicle today in China.

The newest member of the VELITE 6 family, the VELITE 6 PLUS has a constant-speed range of up to 410 kilometers under New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) conditions on a single charge. This enables it to fully meet the daily transportation needs of most urban users.

“Buick is providing exciting solutions to cater to the growing number of car buyers across China who wish to drive a new energy vehicle,” said Molly Peck, executive director of Buick for SAIC-GM. “The VELITE 6 PLUS will also help promote vehicles powered by electricity and increase their acceptance by consumers.”

The original VELITE 6 MAV was launched in April with an electric driving range of 301 kilometers. As Buick's first global all-electric vehicle and SAIC-GM’s first electric vehicle for the mass market, the VELITE 6 integrates resources and advanced technology from GM and SAIC for new energy and connected vehicles. It represents the latest application of the Buick Blue strategy.

The capacity of the battery in the VELITE 6 PLUS has been increased to 52.5 kWh and its energy density has been increased to 140 wh/kg, allowing it to store more energy with the same volume. It provides electricity consumption of 13.1 kWh/100 km.

Its new-generation pure electric drive system offers a smooth, quiet and natural driving experience. It generates 110 kW of maximum power and 350 Nm of maximum torque. The VELITE 6 PLUS can accelerate from 0 to 50 km/h in 3.6 seconds.

The battery can be fully charged to 80% of capacity within 40 minutes with a direct current (DC) fast charger. The vehicle can be driven for more than 40 kilometers after the battery is charged for five minutes.

With safety as a priority, the VELITE 6 PLUS comes with a range of advanced technologies, including six air bags, Forward Collision Alert (FCA), Collision Mitigation Braking (CMB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA), Bosch's Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). In addition, it has a 10-inch touch-sensing center console and supports over-the-air (OTA) updates, Super ID and a virtual key.

The VELITE 6 family is now available in six variants at a price between RMB 165,800 and RMB 199,800 after national subsidies for new energy vehicles.

VELITE 6 customers are entitled to 100G of free OnStar 4G LTE data service every year. The warranty remains effective if the vehicle’s ownership changes, ensuring a high residual value.