Buick Turns The Chevrolet Volt Into The Velite 5 For China
Published on March 28, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter
Buick has released a teaser for the upcoming Velite 5 extended-range electric vehicle (EREV), it will debut on next month’s Shanghai Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market in Q3. The Velite 5 is a variant of the Chevrolet Volt with a different front and rear, manufactured in China by the Shanghai-GM joint venture.
Buick is teasing for nil because we already know what it will look like.
The plug-in hybrid drive train seems to be exactly the same as in the Volt. The 1.5 liter petrol engine is rated at 99hp and fuel consumption is rated at 0.9 liter per 100 kilometer.
Size: 4579/1811/1494, wheelbase is 2694, and curb weight is 1610 kg.
Volt: 4580/1810/1430, wheelbase is 2690, and curb weight is 1607 kg.
The Chevrolet Volt was sold in China as an import between 2011 and 2014, but it was far too expensive so sales were slow; really slow, like a dozen per year slow. The Velite 5 will be much cheaper but the exact price is yet unknown.
The 5 in the name indicates that Velite will be a sub-brand or a model range. Next up is likely the production version of the…
… 2016 Buick Velite concept, a sporty shooting brake, based again on the Volt platform.
The Velite name was first used on a 2004 roadster concept, and in 2014 there were rumors that Buick was going to use the name for the U.S. version of the Opel Cascada. But that didn’t happen, and the Velite went to China instead.
Interestingly, the first time we heard the Volt was going to be a Buick in China was way back in 2010. At the time it was assumed that General Motors was going to rebadge the Opel Ampera as a Buick. The Ampera is the European variant of the Chevrolet Volt.
Buick Velite concept.