Some 12-plus years ago, the Buick Velite convertible made its entry at the 2004 New York auto show. That idea never went anywhere, but now the tri-shield brand has acted the wraps off another show vehicle having the name Velite. Uncovered at the Guangzhou auto show in China, the current Buick Velite is a four-door crossover that the brand calls a model for time alternative-energy automobiles it ideas to make.
While the Velite’s name may sounding a bell for those with a preternaturally tough memory of Buick show automobiles, the styling is more of an instantly acquainted assemblage of design cues from today’s crossover SUVs. Beyond the winged opening which is spreading throughout the Buick roll the design, from the boomerang-shaped LED headlights to the multitude of busy body formations, strikes us as small more than a mashup of components that could have come off a BMW, an Infiniti, a Mercedes-Benz or a Toyota.
As to the Velite’s powertrain, Buick isn’t overlapping much beyond stating that the crossover concept is a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid with a lithium-ion artillery pack.
With both China and the U.S. showing a quenchless craving for crossovers, we’ll declare an act model of the Velite has the latent for sales success. If the content of an idea vehicle is to make consumer joy, then Buick’s too-acquainted Velite falls far abbreviated of the name’s other most new efforts, the Avenir and the Avista.