Buick announced a new modelApril 2, 2018
Brand Buick is preparing for the premiere of the hatchback Velite 6. The novelty is designed for the Chinese market.
The concept with the name Velite American brand introduced in autumn 2016 in Guangzhou. It turned out that the prototype gave the name to the whole Buick family. So, in 2017, a hybrid hatchback Velite 5 appeared on the Chinese market – it’s a rebuffed Chevrolet Volt. And in a couple of weeks in the China debut five-door Velite 6, and in two versions: a hybrid (with the ability to recharge from the electricity grid) and fully electric. While Buick distributed only one teaser serial Velite 6, it captures the rear lamp model. Judging by the picture, the shape of the lanterns and their “filling” have changed. Information on power plants Buick Velite 6 yet, all the details will appear on April 17.
The Velite concept was developed in the PATAC (Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center), a joint venture of the Chinese division of General Motors and the SAIC concern. The rechargeable prototype was equipped with a gasoline engine 1.5 from the Chevrolet Volt, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. Other characteristics of Velite Concept in Buick have not been disclosed.
The structure of the commodity hatch, Buick Velite 5 (clone Chevy Volt) includes a 102-strong gasoline 1.5, an electromechanical variator, two electric motors with a capacity of 118 and 65 hp, a lithium-ion battery of 18 kWh. Electric motors can not only rotate the wheels, but also operate in the generator mode, charging the battery. The claimed range of electric traction is 116 kilometers, in hybrid mode the hatch will be able to overcome up to 768 kilometers of track. Charging the model will take about 4.7 hours.
Production of the “five” is established in China at the joint venture JV GM and SAIC, there will also produce Velite 6. The price of Buick Velite 5 (without allowances for electrified models) starts at 265,800 yuan. Velite 6 is likely to be more expensive. By the way, Velite 5 in China did not enter: from the moment of entering the market in April 2017, it was realized 1,629 hatchbacks. Outside the Heavenly hybrid Buick does not sell, the same fate awaits and Velite 6.
Earlier it became known that in 2018 GM will present in China 15 new and restyling models.