The upcoming 2021 Buick Velite 7 is a new compact crossover SUV. It rides on battery-electric power, and it will be very similar to the Chevy Bolt EV model. Moreover, Velite 7 will go on sale in China, and its arrival in the US is uncertain. This small crossover will ride on the GM’s BEV2 platform, and it will use a 66-kWh front motor.
The battery pack will provide a long driving range. While Buick is hiding most of the details, many reports are suggesting a similar setup to the Bolt EV model. As with any other Buick, Velite 7 will feature elegant appearance and very modern and premium interior design. The sales should start later this year.
2021 Velite 7 Exterior Design
The all-new 2021 Buick Velite 7 will look very distinctive. It is an elegant compact crossover SUV with impressive styling and imposing stance. Most likely, Buick will opt for a design that is closer to the original Velite concept. That means we should expect a flashy look with plenty of modern cues.
That includes a wing-shaped grille flanked by brand-new matrix LED headlights. Velite 7 will be a five-door crossover, and Buick said the focus would be on efficiency. That means Buick will deliver amazing aerodynamics in order to enhance the driving range.
The same is with the interior. Buick refuses to deliver more precise interior details. However, the 2021 Buick Velite 7 will surely offer a premium cabin with plenty of room. There will be room for five passengers, and the legroom will be above average for the compact crossover segment. From what we know, the manufacturer will offer a panoramic sunroof as standard.
Moreover, the upholstery will be made from recycled materials. New ambient lighting is available, and the interior will look very modern and elegant. The Velite 7 will arrive with various driver-assistance aids as well. That includes low-speed automatic driving capabilities, a new 360-degree camera, and other safety systems.
Platform, Power, Transmission
The arriving 2021 Buick Velite 7 will be very similar to the Chevy Bolt EV. That includes a similar mechanical setup. For a start, General Motor’s BEV2 platform underpins both models. Moreover, the platform accommodates a 66-kWh front electric motor. The same battery should provide around 260 miles of driving range.
However, we are still waiting for Buick to release all of the powertrain specs. Performance is still a mystery, but Bolt EV uses a single electric motor that delivers 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, a single-speed transmission should be in the offer.
2021 Buick Velite 7 Price and Release Date
While we are waiting for the manufacturer to release pricing details, the new model will surely arrive later this year. As we said, the 2021 Buick Velite 7 won’t reach American soil, at least in the first year of production.
The reason is that GM already offers the Chevy Bolt EV model in the US. As for the Velite 7, this model will hit the dealerships in China. This won’t be the first model from the Velite family to arrive in China as the automaker already offers Velite 5 electric model.