To the surprise of many, General Motors has just revealed the all-new Buick Electra Concept at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show. The concept is an electric crossover that showcases the brand’s vision for a new generation of zero-emission vehicles. The Electra Concept is the first sample of a Buick vehicle riding on the BEV3 platform and using GM’s Ultium battery system, which will spawn at least two production crossovers for the brand between now and 2025.
“Building on Buick’s proven leadership in electrification, the Electra represents the brand’s ambition to bring together beautiful styling and intelligent connectivity in the new era of zero emissions,” said Executive Director of Buick at SAIC-GM, Molly Peck, in a statement. “The advanced Ultium battery unlocks the exciting new possibilities for what future EVs will look like. The Electra fully leverages state-of-the-art technology to set a new standard for future EV design and personal mobility,” she added.
The all-new Buick Electra Concept showcases the brand’s next-generation design language for electric vehicles called “potential energy,” which introduces clean, minimalistic styling inspired by a space capsule. The concept vehicle combines the athletic look of a four-seat crossover with the design of a Gran Tourer, giving it a bold and innovative appearance.
With organic lines and sculptural surfaces throughout its body, wheels and lighting elements, the Buick Electra Concept’s exterior serves up an alluring mix of elegance and dynamism. Notable highlights include the illuminated front grille, sophisticated LED Matrix headlight signature, the butterfly doors and the large, innovative 23-inch wheels.
The Electra Concept’s cabin is inspired by a spaceship with a minimalist design that lacks a traditional instrument panel. A huge, floating curved screen is the central feature, along with a retractable steering column and suspended seats that create a zero-gravity visual effect. This futuristic atmosphere offers plenty of space for four people.
Utilizing the upcoming modular BEV3 platform and advanced Ultium battery pack, the Buick Electra Concept is said to boast a driving range estimated at more than 412 miles (660 kilometers) on a single charge. The powertrain consists of two Ultium Drive motors – one on each axle – generating a combined output of 583 horsepower (435 kW), allowing for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 4.3 seconds.
Although GM hasn’t yet disclosed this openly, the all-new Buick Electra Concept is expected to serve as the foundation for an upcoming Buick crossover currently in development, and that should hit the market during the 2024 calendar year. In fact, this model will be called the Buick Electra E4.