Buick Reveals Velite 6 PHEV And EV Crossover in China

by Heather Platt | Posted on Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

General Motors is rolling out another electrified vehicle with its new Buick Velite 6 crossover. The model is designed to sit above the smaller, China-market Buick Velite 5 hatchback, which is a rebadged version of the Chevrolet Volt that is sold in the United States.

Buick Reveals

The larger Velite 6 will be available with either a plug-in-hybrid powertrain or as an all-electric vehicle. The plug-in hybrid relies on a combination of two electric motors and a gasoline-fed engine for motivation. The internal-combustion engine is a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter inline-four, like that found under the hood of the smaller Velite 5 and Chevy Volt.

The Velite 6 PHEV can switch between being powered by the electric motors, the gasoline engine, or some combination of both. A lithium-ion battery pack stores electricity for the motors.

Although Buick didn’t reveal power specifics or an EV range, the brand does note that the Velite 6 PHEV will be able to travel almost 435 miles before needing to be recharged and refilled.

Buick didn’t release many details about the Velite 6 EV, but it’s likely to have a larger lithium-ion battery pack than its PHEV counterpart.

Like the Velite 5, the Buick Velite 6 is expected to remain exclusive to the Chinese market; neither the plug-in hybrid nor the EV models are anticipated to make their way to the States.


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