China to get the electric Buick Velite 7 this year, so maybe the U.S. will finally get the Chevrolet Bolt EUV?

General Motors announced today that later this year, the Buick brand will launch in China the all-electric Buick Velite 7 "SUV".

This new model (we would describe it as a crossover/SUV) seems to be related to the Chevrolet Bolt EV  and was already expected (see the report from our sister site here).

GM says that it will have a range of 500 km (311 miles) NEDC, but more details will be revealed closer to launch. The unofficial reports (see video below) said that the electric motor will be 130 kW (noticeably below the 150 kW in Bolt EV).

"The VELITE 7 has a distinct sporty-looking exterior. It also features outstanding spaciousness, customer-focused connectivity and advanced driver assistance technologies that are designed to deliver a delightful and convenient ownership experience."

"Leveraging GM’s unmatched global EV expertise, the VELITE 7’s electric propulsion system is powered by a new modular high-performance lithium-ion battery that has higher energy density through improved cell chemistry and an optimized design. Its battery pack has an advanced structural design and a liquid-cooling battery thermal management system that meet GM’s global standards for safety and reliability."

In China, Buick operates under the SAIC-GM (50/50 joint venture between GM with SAIC), and already offers:

The main question is whether the Buick Velite 7 heralds in the new Chevrolet Bolt EV in the U.S.? We already heard about the Bolt EUV more than a year ago. The trademark filing for the "Bolt EUV" was already secured.

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Buick Adding VELITE 7 to Its Electric Vehicle Portfolio in China

  • Compact SUV has compelling EV range of 500 kilometers
  • Meets GM’s global standards for battery safety and reliability

SHANGHAI – Buick announced that it will introduce its first electric SUV, the VELITE 7, in China this year.

Developed on GM’s global electric vehicle platform, the VELITE 7 compact SUV will offer an electric range of up to 500 kilometers under New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) conditions on a full charge.

The VELITE 7 has a distinct sporty-looking exterior. It also features outstanding spaciousness, customer-focused connectivity and advanced driver assistance technologies that are designed to deliver a delightful and convenient ownership experience.

“Buick is strengthening its EV lineup with an all-new entry for today’s consumers, giving them the functionality of an SUV and the confidence to go farther with an impressive 500 kilometers of range,” said Molly Peck, executive director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM. “We topped it off with a suite of leading technologies to meet the needs of progressive and eco-minded Chinese drivers.”

Leveraging GM’s unmatched global EV expertise, the VELITE 7’s electric propulsion system is powered by a new modular high-performance lithium-ion battery that has higher energy density through improved cell chemistry and an optimized design. Its battery pack has an advanced structural design and a liquid-cooling battery thermal management system that meet GM’s global standards for safety and reliability.

Buick has been a pioneering global brand in introducing electrified vehicles in China. The family includes the VELITE 5 extended-range electric vehicle, and VELITE 6 and VELITE 6 Plus electric vehicles.

Additional information about the VELITE 7 will be shared closer to its launch.

 

Buick has found success offering premium SUVs and cars with sculptural designs, refined performance, modern interiors and thoughtful personal technologies. Buick’s award-winning customer service and sales experience, along with the Avenir trim, the highest expression of Buick luxury, are attracting new buyers to experience Buick’s unique approach to attainable luxury in North America and China. Buick has sold over 10 million vehicles in China since its introduction by SAIC-GM in 1998. More information about Buick vehicles in China is available at www.buick.com.cn.