We’ve heard quite a bit about future General Motors electric vehicle programs like the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV, so we would not blame anyone for wondering where a Buick EV may fits into the automaker’s future product portfolio.
Buick hasn’t been left behind in GM’s plan to bring 20 new electric vehicles to market before the end of 2023. The automaker recently divulged its plan to release two new Buick EV crossovers, one of which is described as a “CUV” and the other as an “SUV.”
Buick describes the SUV model as having “more conventional crossover proportions that maximizes interior space and cargo,” while the CUV “will feature more expressive proportions with a greater emphasis on form and athletic fashion.” We interpret this as meaning one model will be more about practicality and everyday use, whereas the other will be a bit more style-forward and have some more performance and flare.
Like the Cadillac Lyriq, the Buick EV models will ride on GM’s new BEV3 dedicated electric vehicle platform and use its proprietary Ultium battery technology. Ultium batteries will range in size from 50 kWh to 200 kWh, with the largest battery providing up to 400 miles of driving range in certain models. GM has not released any details on the Buick electric crossover’s powertrains, so we don’t know how big the battery will be or how much power it will have. It stands to reason the crossovers will be offered with all-wheel drive, though.
GM has said in the past that its future EVs would feature its Super Cruise hands-free semi-autonomous technology and we’d be surprised not to see it appear in the two Buick EV crossovers.
With Buick now only producing crossovers, these two upcoming Buick EVs will be a natural fit in the brand’s lineup. It’s not clear when we should expect either to arrive, but we know that GM is going full steam ahead on its various EV programs, so it will be hard at work trying to get both to market ASAP.