Buick Velite 5 is a Chevy Bolt for China

Mar 30, 2017 04:30 AM EDT | Yen Palec

Just a day after a teaser image was shared by Buick, a leaked official image have inadvertently confirmed that the Velite 5 car will make its imminent debut in China. Based on the photos, the Velite 5 is a second-generation Chevrolet Bolt with a Buick logo on it.

The car is not entirely just a rebrand. Buick did some minor updates in order to somehow separate the two car from each other. The Velite 5 has slightly modified headlights, upper and lower grilles, bumpers, and the new horizontal LED lights which replace the vertical ones found in the Volt.

The Buick Velite 5 will be produced locally in China. The car will be Buick's first extended range electric vehicle which the company claims has a maximum range of more than 466 miles. However, this figure is speculated to be based on China's testing regulations. According to Green Car Reports, when running solely on electric power, the Velite 5 will have a mileage of around 62 miles.

Buick has yet to confirm it, but there are several rumors claiming that the Velite 5 will make its official debut at this year's Shanghai Motor Show which is expected to open its doors next month. Many believe that the Velite 5 is just the first phase of Buick's electric and hybrid rollout in China. The company is expected to release more models in the country within the next two years, according to Motor1.

China is strongly pushing towards the adoption of more eco-friendly cars in the country. Aside from rolling out electric and hybrid cars, Buick's parent company, General Motors, is also expected to open a new battery manufacturing facility in Shanghai. The facility is expected to open within this year.

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