Many brands announced the expansion of the electrified models in the future and Generals Motors also revealed some details about its electrification plan. The brand said, it has an ambitious plan to launch the total of 20 electric vehicles within next five years. First to come are two models and unsurprisingly they will be based on the architecture of the Bolt EV. When the Bolt electric car arrived in 2017, the model came on the self-dedicated platform and considering a huge cost that new platform developing needs, it was the matter of time when GM will launch new models based on this architecture.
So, among 20 planned electric cars, GM will first offer two Bolt-based models and according to the latest reports, one will be the 2019 Buick small electric SUV. Two models are expected within the next 18 months and other 18 electric models will come in the next 5-year period. However, GM also promises the new platform for these models and also important for the brand is to reduce the cost of the battery cell. The goal for the GM is to reduce the battery cell cost from the current $145 per cell to $100 by 2021.
What we know about the 2019 Buick small electric SUV
When GM was recently speaking about the electric push, the brand didn’t say any detail about the specific model and under what sub-brand will be launched. However, trusted industry sources revealed one of two Chevy Bolt-based models will carry Buick’s logo. The model will use Bolt’s platform and should also have roughly the same proportions. However, the reports promise more rear legroom.
On the other hand, while two models will share the same platform, Buick’s version will have unique sheet metal and styling elements. The model should look similar to the Buick Encore but should get aggressive Led lights, floating roof and more unique details.
As for the interior of the 2019 Buick small electric SUV, the model should provide more passenger space than model’s platform donor. GM premium brand should also equip the new, small electric SUV with many upscale amenities and features that can’t be found in the Chevy Bolt.
Buick’s new electric SUV will offer nicer materials, premium accents and stitching and more advanced tech features. The model should include larger center touchscreen likely in the tablet-like form and won’t likely have the gear lever yet push-button style like in Honda and Acura models.
2019 Buick small electric SUV: Powertrain
When it comes to the powertrain of the 2019 Buick small electric SUV, the reports suggest similar setup as on the Bolt EV. This model has the flat 60-kWh battery sitting under the floor and providing the power for the 150-kW electric motor. This motor powers the front wheel only and provides up to 266 lb-ft of torque. The Bolt has the range of 238 miles.
2019 Buick small electric SUV: Arrival, Price
GM should launch this model sometime in next 18 months. The model could come as the 2019 Buick or even as the 2020 version. The 2019 Buick small electric SUV is expected to cost about $3000 more than the Bolt EV.