Buick Unveils Velite 6 PHEV in China
With the arrival of the Velite 6 PHEV, the Buick lineup of green models for the Chinese market is growing once again.
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In China, EVs and hybrids are frequently referred to as “new energy vehicles.” Buick’s newest NEV adds a plug-in hybrid powertrain option to the Velite 6 lineup, which already includes two fully electric vehicles: the Velite 6 multi-activity vehicle and the Velite 6 Plus.
“Leveraging cutting-edge plug-in hybrid technology, the Velite 6 will offer no compromises in vehicle performance or driving range, making it an ideal option for both daily commuting and long-distance traveling,” said Molly Peck, SAIC-GM’s executive director of Buick sales and marketing. “With this newest entry, Buick’s NEV family will expand further to meet the needs of those looking for a high-quality green product from a brand they can trust.”
The design of the Velite 6 PHEV exhibits characteristics of both a crossover and a wagon. It runs on Buick eMotion electric drive technology, which incorporates dual electric motors, a high-performance lithium battery pack, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine. This system can also be equipped with an intelligent electronic CVT for extra fuel efficiency.
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According to Buick, Velite 6 PHEV drivers can expect outstanding range and efficiency. Using hybrid power, the vehicle can travel up to 485 miles on a tank of gas. When operating in electric-only mode, the Velite 6 PHEV will have a range of up to 37 miles. In this electric-only mode, the vehicle will be able to achieve the equivalent of 168 mpg.
Details on this model’s features and capabilities are still a bit sparse, but other Velite 6 vehicles come with an array of advanced driver-assist technologies, a 10-inch touch screen, and over-the-air software updates.
Per Buick, more details about the Velite 6 PHEV will be forthcoming when the vehicle goes on sale later this month.
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