Electric Buick crossover to be based on Bolt

“The Bolt is our platform that we’re going to continue on and have a huge range of vehicles,” said GM CEO Mary Barra earlier this year. Now InsideEVs reports that GM is planning an electric Buick crossover based on the Bolt platform.

According to InsideEVs’ “trusted/known source,” who recently attended a GM focus group, the new Buick will feature the same basic specs as the Bolt – the same 60 kWh battery, motor and 238-mile range, but perhaps a bit less acceleration – but will have its own distinctive look, and possibly some new features, such as a larger center touchscreen, and new seating with power controls. It’s expected to cost around $3,000 more than the Bolt.

Green Car Reports estimates that the new electric Buick could be more than two years from going on sale. Given the huge popularity of the Buick brand in China, it’s likely that the new model will be targeted at that market.

 

Source: InsideEVs via Green Car Reports

  • Vincent Wolf

    Worthless without an effective 150 kW + charging network and ability to accept up to 350kW charging rates for the batteries. GM just doesn’t get it. Tesla will teach them.

  • Eco Logical

    If it has AWD I might consider it.

  • Jeff3948

    The new Buick mini SUV EV based on the Bolt better have the following enhancements; 150kW DC fast charge rate (50kW is the max rate for the Bolt requiring about 1-1/2 hours of charging to 80% from empty where 150kW could do it in 30 minutes), 17kW level 2 charge rate (7.2kW is the Bolt’s max level 2 rate) which would allow the Buick to charge in 4 hours instead of the 9.5 hours of the Bolt from empty, 250 mile range which would require a larger 70kW battery so the heavier weight of the Buick is off-set by getting at least a little more range than the Bolt, a slightly faster 6.0 second 0-60 speed than the Bolt’s 6.5 seconds (after all it is a Buick so it should speed up faster than a Chevy), and an electric motor adjustable driver seat. Also, a Cadillac version would have to get 300 mile range (100kW battery) and a 0-60 time of 5 seconds or less.