Pretty much anyone familiar with the auto market, knows that electric vehicles are an inevitable part of the future .
And now, after this year’s introduction of the Chevy Bolt EV – the five-door all-electric subcompact vehicle – comes its CUV counterpart, the Buick EV Crossover.
When GM CEO Mary Barra, said that the Bolt would not be the only electric vehicle it would be launching, those of us here at Anthony Buick believe this is what she was referring to.
At least for now.
While it’s common for automakers to build multiple cars on the same underpinnings, the Chevy Bolt was created using its very own B-segment platform with the intention of being used across “a huge range of vehicles,” according to Barra. A very expensive undertaking for the American automaker indeed.
But all of GM’s efforts just might pay off in the long run.
As its initial offering of an EV crossover, the new plug-in vehicle will come equipped with even more options and amenities than the Chevy Bolt.
Sources say the truck will be based on the similar specs as its subcompact relative like the 60kWh battery and motor, comparable vehicle dimensions and a 238 mile range. There will also be a number of differences such as slower acceleration on the crossover, floating roof, aggressive LED lights, dashboard stitching, integrated tablet-like touchscreen, a 3-inch increase in legroom and about $3000 more in price.
What we still don’t know is whether the all-electric CUV will come with all-wheel drive and if the vehicle’s charging capability will be greater than the Bolt’s 50 kilowatt rate in order to meet the stringent emissions standards set for vehicles here in the U.S.
The introduction of an all-electric EV overseas, in China more specifically, will be a major plus for American automaker since its already having great success in that region. According to greencarreports.com Buick is GM’s most popular nameplate in the country selling about four to five times more vehicles than company’s other models.
Buick is positioning itself to be a very viable competitor for the likes of the Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro PHEV, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model 3 and the BMW i3.
And if Buick did launch its new EV in the next two years or so, it might just beat its rival – the Telsa Model Y – to the punch.