Just days after the zero-emissions crossover was fully leaked in China, General Motors showed off the first teaser of its all-new Buick Electra E5 ahead of the vehicle’s world debut in the Asian country.
The automaker revealed a teaser image of the all-new Buick Electra E5, the Tri-Shield brand’s first all-electric vehicle based on the Ultium battery and Ultium Drive powertrain, while confirming that the compact crossover EV will be officially unveiled before the end of this year in China. The image shows the silhouette of the Electra E5 faded in light blue on the chassis with the battery pack and wheels in the foreground.
Although the company hasn’t yet announced it explicitly by name, but as a “five-seat utility,” we know that Buick’s first EV based on the Ultium architecture will be the all-new Buick Electra E5, as GM President Mark Reuss announced it last week during an Investor Day presentation held on November 17th – the very same day that Chinese authorities leaked the Electra E5.
In addition to anticipating the imminent official unveiling of the Buick Electra E5 and confirming the crossover’s launch in the first half of next year in China, GM’s local subsidiary also announced that it will introduce a second all-electric Buick model based on the Ultium platform during the 2023 calendar year in the Asian country. Both models are the first members of the zero-emission Electra family of models that the brand will introduce to the Chinese market.
“With the highly flexible Ultium platform at their core, the new models will play a strategic role for Buick in China’s highly competitive EV market,” said General Director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, Cesar Toledo, in a statement. “They will start a new chapter in the brand’s accelerated transformation toward electrification and intelligent mobility, reinforcing our commitment to bringing in the latest technologies to meet our customers’ evolving needs,” he added.
The all-new Buick Electra E5 will make its world debut in the coming weeks and will go on sale in the first half of next year in China, Buick’s highest-volume market. However, the Electra E5 is a global model that will also be sold in North America, scheduled to arrive in the U.S. market in early 2024.