Buick announces Ultium-based EV for the Chinese market – Autoblog

Buick will expand its presence in the EV segment by launching a five-seater crossover on the Chinese market before the end of 2022. The model will use the Ultium technology developed by parent company General Motors, and it will be closely followed by another electric car.

Official details about the model remain few and far between; we don’t even know what it will be called yet. The company published an image that shows an electric platform topped by the outline of a crossover, and it clarified power will come from a battery pack with cells “tailored for China.” The battery-powered Buick will also be available with the Super Cruise technology found in other General Motors models.

The outline shares more than a passing resemblance with the heavily-camouflaged test mule that our spies spotted testing earlier in 2022, but it’s difficult to tell whether we’re looking at the same car. Trademark filings suggest Buick has several electric cars in the pipeline.

While the crossover won’t be the first electric Buick — the Velite 6 MAV went on sale in China in 2019 — executives have high hopes for it. To that end, the company will open up to 58 Buick EV City showrooms and over 600 Buick NEV Zones across China. It’s also working with “mainstream third-party charging operators” to make over 400,000 charging points available throughout China by the end of 2023.

Buick will release additional details about its upcoming electric model before the end of 2022, and deliveries are scheduled to start in the first half of 2023 on the Chinese market. As of writing, it’s too early to tell whether the EV will join the Envista on its trip across the Pacific or stay in China. Looking ahead, the brand announced plans to release a second electric car built around Ultium technology before the end of 2023.

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