Prototype 2024 Buick Electra electric crossover caught testing for the first time
Now we have our very first spy shots of Buick’s upcoming all-electric crossover. This prototype, tested on public roads in Michigan, shares a lot in common with the Electra X concept that was first shown this summer.
Although it’s still covered in plenty of camouflage – both a dazzling camo wrap and a softer black material – some prominent design elements can still be seen. The DRLs, for example, are reminiscent of those of the Electra X concept thanks to their many lines of LEDs that curve downward near the wheel arch.
The thin, angular taillights that protrude from the rear of the SUV are also reminiscent of the concept. Through the cammo you can even see flush door handles which will undoubtedly give this crossover a stylish edge.
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The overall shape also reminds us of the Electra X concept, albeit interpreted in a more production-friendly way. Admittedly, the rear of the vehicle descends less aggressively than the near-coupe concept, but the nose appears to be as pointed as that of the Electra X.
Buick has officially revealed it will be reviving the Electra name for its upcoming EVs and brands are suggesting it will use the “Electra EV1” through EV9 nomenclature for the lineup. It remains to be seen what number this vehicle will carry.
Although strongly reminiscent of the Electra X concept, the brand said that this design foresees a vehicle for the Chinese market. Meanwhile, for the North American market, Buick introduced the Wildcat EV concept, a sedan that shared a number of design features.
While it’s not impossible for Buick to test a vehicle destined for China in North America, it would be naïve to assume that it has no plans to launch electric crossovers in the North American market. SUV.
For both markets, however, Buick plans to base its electric vehicles on GM’s Ultium platform. In the all-electric 2024 Chevrolet Equinox, the platform offers both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive layouts that make between 210 hp (157 kW / 213 hp) and 290 hp (216 kW / 294 hp). Ranges, meanwhile, will vary between 250 miles (402 km) and 300 miles (483 km) depending on the version.
This Buick Electra model will necessarily play an important role in the future of Buick. The brand has pledged to go all-electric by 2030 and said its first electric vehicle will be ready for the North American market by 2024.