The Wildcat EV concept debuted earlier today, which features a new design language that previews Buick's upcoming Electra electric production cars.
Buick is slated to introduce the first Electra model in 2024, and it is expected to go 100% electric by 2030 in the United States.
General Motors designed and created The Electra-X in Shanghai to preview an actual production model for China, where Buick is five times more popular than in the US.
Electra-X may not be sold in the U.S., but it's much more like the crossover we'll see in the future than the fantastical Wildcat. The Electra-X is easily the best-looking SUV Buick has ever created, whether it is a production or concept car.
Buick's new model has a shark nose, a giant trapezoidal grille, and super thin, checked-out LED headlights that, along with 'aviation-style' lights at the edge of the grille, will become a Buick signature.
As with the Aston Martin DBX or new Lotus Elite, the Electra-X has a similar shape and stance, and the smooth body sides are accentuated by some sharp intake lines.
Electra-X's rear end has numerous spoilers and a well-integrated CHSML brake light, while the emblem of Buick's three shields is highly modernized.
The exterior of the Electra-X isn't too far off from what you might expect from a production vehicle, but its interior isn't what you'd expect. There's only a 30-inch 'Freeform' display with a 6K resolution atop a row of slim air vents.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 chip powers Buick's new infotainment system, whose pixel density is close to that of the human eye.
Buick says the car has a voice command system that can control almost 50 functions and features via a touchscreen at the end of the center armrest. A 3D-knit fabric made of recycled bottles covers the seats, and there are copper accents and hidden GS logos throughout.
In the Electra-X, Buick says that it rides on GM's Ultrium platform, but no details have been provided about the engine. By 2025, the brand plans to introduce five production electric vehicles in China, including two that will be revealed this year, and one of which will be based directly on the Electra-X.
Electra branding will appear on the Chinese vehicles just as it will on US vehicles. However, Chinese models will be in different body styles, such as minivans and sedans. Buick's new EVs will likely be crossovers in the US.
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