General Motors has just confirmed that the first Buick EV based on all-electric Ultium propulsion technology will debut later this year in China, the Tri-Shield brand’s largest volume market.
The automaker has confirmed its plans to introduce the first Buick EV powered by Ultium Battery and Ultium Drive motor technology this year in China, as it first said when announcing the onslaught of 12 new Buick vehicles for 2025 in the Asian country. Indeed, Buick will play an important role in GM’s Ultium expansion in the Chinese market.
Although the company has yet to reveal any information about this intriguing vehicle, there is a possibility that the first Ultium-based Buick EV will be a global model that will debut simultaneously in China and the United States – as it happened with the announcement of the brand’s new image and corporate identity on June 2nd.
In any case, we know that the first Buick EV will wear an Electra badge that has already been announced as the base nameplate for the brand’s future all-electric products. The first example of this new naming strategy is the all-new Buick Electra-X Concept, unveiled earlier this year in China as a preview of an upcoming all-electric crossover.
In fact, one of the first Buick EVs to debut in China is expected to be the production version of the Electra-X Concept that is closer to the assembly lines than the first Buick Electra Concept GM showed off at the 2020 Beijing International Motor Show. The Electra-X Concept is a midsize crossover, with a dynamic stance and sleek proportions, that appears to be related to the Cadillac Lyriq and the Chevy Blazer EV.
The first Buick EV based on GM’s Ultium propulsion technology will make its debut in the coming weeks in China, where it will be built to supply the domestic market and is scheduled to go on sale sometime in 2023. It will be the second Ultium-based vehicle available in the country after the Cadillac Lyriq, which recently began arriving at local dealerships.