Back in November of 2017, we reported on a leaked image that showed a forthcoming GM electric crossover model. At the time, we speculated it was likely some kind of Chevrolet, or alternatively, some kind of Chevrolet Bolt-based Buick crossover. Now, following a series of new spy photos and the release of new information, we know that what was previously leaked was indeed a Chevrolet Bolt-based EV crossover, specifically the Chinese market-bound Buick Velite 7.
The new Chevrolet Bolt-based EV crossover made a rather informal debut courtesy of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, as reported by the Chinese auto website Autohome. New images show the final design, which appears to be almost exactly the same vehicle that was leaked in 2017, save for a few changes to the grille and the addition of new Buick badging.
It’s a good looking crossover, and shows a continuation of the design themes laid out by the Chevrolet Velite 6. In the corners, the Chevrolet Bolt-based Buick Velite 7 rocks a set of 17-inch wheels, while the body is taut with hard creases and sharp lines.
The Velite 7 is also nearly four inches longer than the Chevrolet Bolt EV, with a wheelbase that’s nearly 3 inches longer. According to the recent Autohome report, the Buick Velite 7 produces upwards of 175 horsepower.
Meanwhile, another Chevrolet Bolt-based electric crossover is headed down the pipeline dubbed the Bolt EUV. Last week, we spotted what we believed to be this new electric utility vehicle, as captured in a series of spy shots. As it turns out, the prototype we spotted was in fact the Buick Velite 7.
There’s still a lot left to know about the new Chevrolet Bolt-based Buick Velite 7, so we’ll do some digging and report back. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Bolt EV news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.