GM has now also rolled out an electric timetable for its Buick subsidiary and, with the Wildcat EV Concept, has also given a preview of the upcoming electric models.
The future of the Buick brand lies - at least on the North American market - in purely electric drives. The US automaker GM has now announced this. As early as 2024, the first production model should roll out under the label. All electric Buick models will also carry the Electra badge. As a further indicator, the car manufacturer is adapting the brand logo. No longer a circular logo, the badge incorporates a sleek, horizontally oriented layout that builds on Buick's recognizable triple shield. The complete change to an electric brand should be completed by the end of the decade.
GM follows up with a glimpse of Buick's electric future with the Wildcat EV Concept, which illustrates the brand's new design language that will be visible on production vehicles in the future. The Wildcat itself probably has no concrete future as a production model.,
Sharp on both ends
The line of the 2+2-seater coupe determines the front-leaning radiator section with trapezoidal radiator grille. The spoiler lip of the apron, which has a sensor field in the middle, is flanked by wide cooling air ducts bordered with chrome elements. In a mirrored manner, the LED lights above take up the shape of the chrome brackets and cooling air ducts. How much the Wildcat is looking forward to its passengers can be shown in various light shows with its headlights.
The extremely flat windshield arches into the side window front and thus ensures a surrounding glass surface and thus a filigree look of the roof structure. The upper window line, framed by a chrome strip, grows out in one sweep to the C-pillar. The roof line above extends to the L-shaped, staggered LED taillights in the rear rump. In addition, the lights also show the charge level of the battery when the vehicle is stationary. The rest of the rear design takes up the front design again with its strong indentations.,
The door design is also an eye-catcher. For easier access to the individual seats in both rows, part of the roof swings up, while the long doors open conventionally. The side windows are frameless, and the view to the rear is provided by cameras that transmit their image to small monitors in the door panels. The 18-inch light-alloy rims in the turbine look provide further typical Buick chrome decoration.
Lots of screens, lots of aluminum, zero technology
In the cockpit, a high, continuous center console separates the passengers on both sides. The seats with massage function can be moved lengthways, and the belts are integrated directly into the backrests.Behind the three-spoke steering wheel, the driver is presented with a digital display flanked by another touchscreen – contemporarily combined under a glass surface. The center console also houses another touchscreen with a rotary pushbutton control and various direct selection buttons. Numerous brushed or polished aluminum panels ensure the techno look on board, while the leather surfaces on the seats add comfort. Also on board is a multi-adjustable LED lighting and an interior scenting. Artificial intelligence controls these and numerous other functions based on biometric data recorded by the car. So the Wildcat sympathizes with its passengers.,
Buick completely dispenses with really hard facts about the Wildcat EV Concept. The only thing that is clear is that the drive is purely electric. What is certain, however, is that the upcoming Buick electric range will also be based on the company's own Ultium platform. However, this allows a large spread in all core data.
GM makes Buick a pure electric brand. The first electric model will come in 2024, and Buick will only offer electric vehicles by 2030. They should stand out with a new, independent design line. The Wildcat EV study gives a first glimpse of the new Buick look.