General Motors is tapping deeper into the electrified segments in China with the Buick brand, which will launch two versions of the Velite 6 locally.
Both cars are based on the Velite Concept (pictured in the gallery below) that debuted at the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show, though one will have a plug-in hybrid powertrain, whereas the other will be a zero-emission vehicle.
Nothing else is known about them so far, and the teaser image that previews the PHEV model reveals only the ‘Velite 6’ badge, in addition to a tweaked tailgate design and a slightly modded taillight pattern compared to the show car.
The company does say that it will “feature a high-performance hybrid electric vehicle propulsion system, which will maximize performance, fuel savings and range”, without disclosing any numbers yet. As far as the EV derivative goes, this is said to “adopt an all-new battery electric vehicle propulsion system, which will ensure a comfortable electric driving experience”.
Buick hasn’t announced when the Velite 6 will be unveiled, but CarNewsChina reports that it will be presented locally on April 17, before arriving at dealers in the second half of the year.
Both cars will be assembled by the Shanghai-GM joint venture.