The Buick Wildcat EV concept made it obvious that Buick is headed in a new direction in terms of not only branding, but also the styling of its vehicles. On the styling end, GM Authority has now learned that future electric Buick vehicles will feature flush-mounted exterior door handles.
This new styling element for future Buick EVs is intended to deliver a small upside to a vehicle’s aerodynamics, while also delivering a high-tech aesthetic and modern feel. For those not aware of the new handles, they sit flush with the body panels when not in use. When the handles are needed, they’re presented (either automatically or via a button push) for either pulling or opening, as needed.
These flush-mounted door handles can be seen on the recently-revealed Electra E5 and leaked Electra E4. Other electric Buick models in the marque’s Electra range will follow suit in featuring a flush door handles.
Electric Buick models aren’t the only GM products to get flush-mounted door handles, as the Cadillac Lyriq already has an early version of these. However, the Lyriq has an early version of these. As GM Authority was first to report, the Cadillac Lyriq will get a different set of door handles in the near future that will allow them to “present” themselves to the user.
Speaking of the Electra E5, this upcoming crossover will be the brand’s first all-electric vehicle to utilize GM Ultium battery and GM Ultium Drive technology, in addition to being the first member of Buick’s upcoming Electra family of zero-emission models. This new lineup with wear Electra badges followed by a numbered from E1 to E9, which suggests that the E5 will be positioned smack-dab in the middle, with the E4 slotting below it.
GM revealed the Buick Electra E5 late last year, after it was leaked in China a month earlier. The model rides on the GM BEV3 platform. Aesthetically, the upcoming Electra E5 adopts many styling cues from Buick’s Pure Design language heralded by the aforementioned Wildcat EV concept.
Meanwhile, some details and photos about the Electra E4 leaked earlier this week in China. GM Authority was the first to report that the model was green-lit for production after the Electra-X Concept unveiled back in June. As the leaked photos clearly reveal, the production model will stay true to the concept in terms of overall design, including the model’s general shape, proportions, and body style.