General Motors’ main joint venture in China launched the 2024 Buick Velite 6, which adds a new base trim that includes a lower-range battery pack to make the all-electric mobility even more affordable. In fact, the 2024 Velite 6 EV becomes the lowest-priced vehicle in the entire Buick range currently available in the Chinese market – below the popular Excelle sedan.
The 2024 Buick Velite 6 EV represents the sixth model year for the nameplate launched in late 2018 as the brand’s first all-electric model. Since then, the company has substantially reduced the costs of the Velite 6’s powertrain technology, and decided to reposition it as the entry-level model by offering it alongside the next-generation electric vehicles in the new Electra family.
As such, the repositioned 2024 Buick Velite EV maintains the exact same look as in previous model years. It does not adopt Buick’s new corporate image, instead continuing to use the brand’s old logo and design language. In fact, the Velite 6’s raised wagon body measures the same 183.9 inches in overall length, 71.5 inches in width and 59.8 inches in height as before, mounted on a 104.7-inch wheelbase.
Based on a regional variant of the GM BEV2 platform first introduced in the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV, the 2024 Buick Velite 6 EV receives a lithium-ion battery pack with a range of 430 kilometers or 267 miles on a single charge – less than the 518-kilometer or 322-mile range provided by the upgraded version of the vehicle that arrived for the 2022 model year. The front-mounted electric motor developing 130 kW or 174 horsepower, along with 265 Nm or 195 pound-feet of torque, is unchanged.
The new entry-level variant of the 2024 Buick Velite 6 EV is now available for sale in the brand’s official dealer network in China, where the vehicle is exclusively manufactured and marketed. The interior is also unchanged, with a 10-inch digital instrument panel and a 10-inch central infotainment touchscreen, as well as a comprehensive list of safety and comfort features. Here are the prices of the 2024 Velite 6 EV:
- 2024 Velite 6 EV Comfort: 112,800 yuan (about $15,480 USD at current exchange rates)
- 2024 Velite 6 EV Premium: 115,800 yuan ($15,890 USD)