Buick’s first Ultium-based electric vehicle unveiled in China

Photos and details have emerged of Buick’s first electric vehicle based on GM’s Ultium platform, the Electra E5, which has been leaked in China. Can we expect to see Buick’s electric vehicle in the booming US market?

While there’s been little information about Buick’s electric vehicles so far, we’re finally getting a glimpse of what to expect from the automaker’s electric lineup.

In June 2022, Buick announced that it would go all-electric by 2030, unveiling a new logo to represent the brand’s transition into the future. The automaker didn’t give too many details, but did mention that the EV lineup will use the “Electra” name.

Being under General Motors, we can only expect Buick’s electric vehicle to be based on GM’s Ultium electric vehicle architecture that the automaker already uses for electric Chevy, GMC and Cadillac models.

Buick offered a preview of its Wildcat, 2+2 EV concept, showing what the company can do in the electric age. However, since then the automaker has remained relatively quiet on what we can expect with plans to start production in 2024.

That was until official documents from China revealed Buick’s electric vehicle, the Electra E5, and what we can expect from the upcoming Buick EV lineup.

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Buick Electra E5 Source: Automotive News China

Buick’s first Ultium electric vehicle is born

According to documents released by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the dimensions of the Buick Electra E5 EV are:

  • 193 inches long
  • 75 inches wide
  • 66 inches tall

Size-wise, the dimensions are similar to the highly anticipated 2024 Chevy Equinox, another electric vehicle that will sit on GM’s Ultium platform.

The Electra E5 features slim LED headlights, a “closed style” grille and a shark nose shape.

Even though there is little information about the EV’s powertrain, the documents show that the Buick E5 (base model) will be equipped with an electric powertrain capable of 180 kW or 241 HP.

Buick has already trademarked Electra 1 through 9 in the US, so we’ll most likely see a version of the Electra E5 in the US. The E5 sits in the middle of the range, indicating a mid-size crossover, one of the most demanded and growing car segments.

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