buick electra

 

Buick Electra E5 (B233) China: April 2023, USA: to be expected summer 2024

Buick's first pure electric five-seat mid-to-large SUV based on GM's BEV3 Ultium electric vehicle platform has a length, width and height of 4892/1905/1681 mm respectively, and the wheelbase is 2954 mm, similar to that of the upcoming Chevrolet Equinox EV for America. This front-wheel-drive SUV is equipped with an electric motor with a maximum power of 180 kW and a maximum cruising range of 545 km, or, at a higher selling price, 150 kW with a maximum cruising range of 620 that came in September 2023.

The front permanent magnet synchronous motor of the Avenir (part-time) four-wheel drive model can reach 143 kW, where 68 kW is the peak power of the rear asynchronous induction motor (for better traction and quicker acceleration) by Huayu Magna Electric Drive System Co., Ltd., a joint venture founded in 2017 by Magna and SAIC Motor to supply SAIC Volkswagen. The Electra E5 Avenir has a maximum cruising range of 603 km.

The 180 kW, 150 kW and 143 kW motors are essentially the same units with varying battery platform voltage (352.3V/194 Ah for the 180 kW and 293.6V/271.6 Ah for the latter two). Wheel sizes are 18- and 20-inch. The Electra E5 is optionally available with GMs Super Cruise driving assistance system.

This Buick has not officially received a Chinese name and is simply called E5. In October 2023, a 20% cheaper entry-level Pioneer Edition model (169,900 yuan) without electric seat adjustment, electric mirrors and sliding roof came onto the market.

Over 20,000 were sold in 2023. In February 2024, two Pro models were added, with the power supply changed from the 68 kW ternary lithium battery to the 65 kW lithium iron phosphate battery, known from the E4, and the CLTC range was reduced from 545 km to 515 km. Although the price of the new models is the same as the earlier models, the iron phosphate battery lasts longer.

In the USA, the Electra served as the flagship Buick line through its entire production from 1959 to 1990 (front-wheel-drive from 1985), succeeded by the Park Avenue until 2005, after which Buick China sold a rebadged rear-wheel-drive Holden Statesman as Park Avenue from 2007 until 2012.

platform:

BEV 3

Electra E5

23-

front suspension:

McPherson strut, coils

USA

China

rear suspension:

5-link independent, coils

China

wheelbase (cm):

295.4

length (cm):

489.2

width (cm):

190.5

height (cm):

168.1

all-electric

part-

time

fwd

fwd

fwd

4wd

China

23-

24-

23-

23-

23-

curb weight from:

2225

2125

2210

2320

kg

drive motor:

180

180

150

143/68

kW

245

245

204

194/92

hp

330

330

330

305/160

Nm

battery capacity:

65

68.4

79.7

79.7

kWh

CLTC electric drive range:

515

545

620

603

km

0-100 km/h:

7.7

7.6

8.6

6.7

sec

Power consumption per 100 kilometers:

13.7

13.5

13.5

14.1

kWh

 

Buick Electra E4 (B223) China: June 2023

On the same platform as the Electra E5, this crossover is 10 cm lower. 180 kW as well as 143/68 kW (part-time) four-wheel-drive models will be sold. Wheel sizes are 19- and 20-inch.

The 180 kW entry-level version is equipped with 65 kWh lithium iron phosphate batteries (384V/169.5 Ah) provided by BYD's Fudi Company, resulting in a maximum cruising range of 530 km, while the 143/68 kW model feature the ternary lithium-ion batteries (also used in the Electra E5) from United Auto Battery Co., Ltd., a joint venture between SAIC Motor and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL).

The entry price of the Electra E4 was 19,000 yuan lower than that of the Electra E5, until the arrival of the E5 Pioneer Edition model in October 2023, which in turn is 20,000 yuan cheaper than the E4. In the third quarter of 2023 2,334 Electra E4 were sold vs 12,551 Electra E5

Super Cruise is available on the GS 4wd. The Electra E4 will not be sold outside China, where over 3,000 were sold in 2023. In February 2024, a price cut brought the entry price from 189,900 to 159,900 yuan, 10,000 yuan cheaper than the E5. The E4 has a panoramic dome canopy, no sliding roof.

platform:

BEV 3

Electra E4

23-

front suspension:

McPherson strut, coils

USA

China

rear suspension:

5-link independent, coils

China

wheelbase (cm):

295.4

length (cm):

481.8

width (cm):

191.2

height (cm):

158.0

all-electric

part-

time

fwd

4wd

China

23-

23-

23-

curb weight from:

2150

2240

kg

drive motor:

180

143/68

kW

245

194/92

hp

330

305/160

Nm

battery capacity:

65

79.7

kWh

CLTC electric drive range:

530

620

km

0-100 km/h:

7.6

6.2

sec

Power consumption per 100 kilometers:

13.4

13.5

kWh

 

For more specifications on North American and worldwide Buick SUVs and engines, see:
On a Global Mission: The Automobiles of General Motors International

For recent specifications on Buick cars built in China, see:
On a Global Mission: The Automobiles of General Motors International   

GM Electric Vehicles

 

Far East Auto Literature

24 February, 2024