Buick will introduce its first EV developed on GM’s new Ultium platform later this year in China. Deliveries of the five-seat SUV will begin in the first half of 2023 and will be followed by a second Ultium-based EV by the end of next year.
Buick’s Ultium-based EV will be equipped with a battery cell made specifically for the Chinese market, along with GM’s “nearly wireless” battery management system. It will also feature the enhanced Super Cruise driver assist technology, as well as the Virtual Cockpit System jointly developed by GM and PATAC (GM’s automotive engineering and design joint venture in Shanghai).
Buick plans to open up to 58 Buick EV City Showrooms across the country, and more than 600 Buick NEV Zones across its dealership network. The best-selling GM brand in China also plans to install over 400,000 charging poles across the country by the end of 2023.
“With the Ultium platform at their core, the new models will play a strategic role for Buick in China’s highly competitive EV market,” said Cesar Toledo, General Director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM.