The Buick Velite Isn’t Actually a Volt in China… by Michael Accardi November 18, 2016November 20, 2016 Share Comments Thread Turns out everyone was wrong. The Buick Velite concept isn’t actually Buick’s version of the Volt for Chinese consumption, but instead, a preview of alternative energy vehicles as part of the brand’s new Buick Blue initiative. Its styling is a marked departure from Buick’s current design language. Whether or not you like it, the swoopy and sharp Velite concept is a harbinger of a new look to come for the entire Buick brand. Like everything else these days, the concept is a sporty, yet practical crossover which is obviously efficient, intelligent, and good for the environment. Under the Velite’s skin lurks a high-performance, plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, along with GM’s new intelligent electric drive system, and a high-po lithium-ion battery. Buick says this technology will be used in its next PHEV model. Inside, the Velite’s cabin offers an integrated design and recycled materials. A panoramic sunroof and ambient lighting are yet more hints about Buick’s upcoming alt-energy vehicle. The cabin is also a connected hot-spot, offering cloud-based storage, services, and operation via app. Safety features include adaptive cruise control, low-speed automatic driving, night vision, and a 360-degree intelligent traffic system which includes hazard warning, lane departure, and safety distance keep assist. Following the Velite, Buick promises to develop and sell more vehicles with PHEV and all-electric powertrains. It’s unclear at this point how closely the Chinese and North American strategies will be linked.