Buick may not have followed through on what we knew as the Buick Velite years back, but it won’t let the name go to waste. The Buick Velite had been leaked months prior to show it as a rebadged, second-generation Chevrolet Volt, but the brand will show a conceptual variant before production begins.
And now, the concept has leaked, too.
A Chinese media site leaked a grainy photo of the vehicle ahead of its reveal at the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show, which shows a decidedly more hatchback look over the current 2017 Chevrolet Volt. However, as far as we know, this is purely a conceptual design. We’ve seen photos of a production Buick Velite testing in Chicago, Illinois, wearing identical styling to the Volt.
As for the powertrain, it’s widely rumored to use the same second-generation Voltec powertrain as the 2017 Volt, meaning a 1.5-liter gasoline engine will be present along with battery power.
The Guangzhou Auto Show opens on November 18, 2016, where we will see the Velite concept completely uncloaked for good.