Only about 2 months ago on April 13, Buick launched the Electra E5 SUV -- its first model based on GM's Ultium platform -- in China.
(Image credit: Buick)
General Motors' Buick brand is probably the most aggressive of the foreign brands when it comes to tapping into the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) market, with a second model coming two months after launching its first model based on the Ultium platform two months ago.
The Buick Electra E4 -- an all-electric coupe SUV -- will go on sale in China on June 19, the brand announced on its social media accounts yesterday.
Notably, Buick launched the Electra E5 SUV, its first model based on GM's Ultium platform, in China only about 2 months ago, on April 13.
Buick was already warming up for the Electra E4's launch earlier this month, sharing exterior images of the model as well as its core specs.
The Electra E4 entered the Chinese industry regulator's list of new models that will be allowed to be sold in China two months ago.
The model has a length, width and height of 4,818 mm, 1,912 mm and 1,581 mm, respectively, and a wheelbase of 2,954 mm, according to the regulatory filing dated April 11.
For comparison, Buick's first model based on the Ultium platform, the Electra E5, has a length, width and height of 4,892 mm, 1,905 mm and 1,655 mm, respectively, and a wheelbase of 2,954 mm.
The model has two power versions, the dual-motor version with a maximum output of 143 kW for the front motor and 68 kW for the rear motor. Its single-motor version has a front motor with a maximum output of 150 kW. The model supports a top speed of 180 km/h.
The Buick Electra E4 is powered by a ternary lithium-ion battery supplied by a joint venture between CATL and GM's local car-making partner SAIC, with a 65-kWh pack for a CLTC range of 530 km in the standard range version and a 79.7-kWh pack for a CLTC range of 620 km in the long-range version.
Buick is one of the most aggressive in embracing the transition to electrification in the Chinese auto industry. It launched the Electra E5 on April 13, offering five versions with starting prices of RMB 208,900 ($29,100), RMB 222,900, RMB 225,900, RMB 239,900 and RMB 278,900, respectively.
On April 25, Buick announced that the Electra E5 received more than 8,000 orders after 12 days on the market.
On May 29, SAIC Motor, a joint venture between GM and SAIC, said the first deliveries of Electra E5 vehicles had begun, but did not announce the number of deliveries.
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