General Motors has just launched the refreshed 2022 Buick Velite 6 EV in China, the only country in the world where Buick‘s all-electric vehicle is marketed. The biggest news for the Velite 6 EV’s new model year is an improved powertrain, allowing it to significantly increase its zero-emission driving range.
The updated 2022 Buick Velite 6 EV adopts the latest electric motor configuration and a new larger battery fully developed by SAIC-GM, increasing its driving range to 518 kilometers or 322 miles on a single charge, according to China’s Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC). This represents the second range increase for the Buick Velite 6 EV since its initial launch in late 2018.
“The Velite 6 EV has built strong momentum thanks to its premium quality, reliability and connectivity features,” said General Director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, Cesar Toledo, in a statement. “With its longer EV range and additional comfort and connected features, the upgraded model will meet customers’ rising demand for green mobility while strengthening Buick’s presence in NEVs in China,” he added.
Unlike the model’s previous update, which only improved the energy density of the existing battery, the 2022 Buick Velite 6 EV adopts a larger battery that increases capacity from the previous 52.5 kWh to 61.1 kWh. In addition, it benefits from an improved electric motor with an output of 130 kW or 174 horsepower. The powertrain and technical specifications are identical to those of the newly released 2022 Chevy Menlo EV.
Other enhancements to the 2022 Buick Velite 6 EV, representing the fourth model year of the vehicle’s first generation, include a quick charge feature that charges 50 percent of the battery in just 30 minutes, Buick’s latest eConnect infotainment system with standard 10-inch display and wireless Apple CarPlay integration, as well as new exterior trim details such as more modern-looking wheels and the addition of the Cyan paint color.
The refreshed 2022 Buick Velite 6 EV just went on sale throughout Buick’s extensive dealer network in China, the main volume market for the Tri-Shield brand. The all-electric crossover is available in three trim levels with a comprehensive list of safety and technology features, and can be purchased with special financing plans. The starting price is 159,900 CNY, about $25,000 USD at the current exchange rate.