Buick unveiled its Wildcat EV concept that gives a glimpse into what the future holds for the iconic brand. It plans to go all-electric by 2030.
As part of its plans to go all-electric by the end of this decade, Buick unveiled its Wildcat electric vehicle concept that gives a glimpse into what the future holds for the iconic brand. Alongside the unveiling of the new concept car, Buick also made a couple of other notable announcements. To start, the company announced that it will go EV-only in North America by 2030, five years before its parent company General Motors is planning to ditch internal combustion engines for good. Buick also announced that its first all-electric vehicle will debut in 2024.
Founded in 1899 by David Dunbar Buick, Buick is one of the oldest existing automotive brands globally. It is a division of General Motors and is marketed as one of the premium brands from the company alongside Cadillac. Outside of the U.S., the brand operates in a handful of countries worldwide, including China, Canada and Mexico. Some of the popular models on offer from the company include the Enclave, Encore, Envision, Excelle, LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and more.
In a press release announcing the unveiling of the new Wildcat concept, Buick said that the vehicle would be a 2+2 coupe with a “powerful, expressive presence.” It sports a sharper and edgier look compared to traditional Buicks and previews the design language and technology for future production models. In terms of technology, the vehicle comes with micro-LED and thin-beam projector lenses for the front lighting. It also has ‘blade-style taillights’ in the roof’s sail panels and horizontal lamps that are stylistically aligned with the headlamps upfront. There’s also an external ‘state of charge’ indicator that can be seen through the exterior hatchback glass, as well as 18-spoke turbine alloys.
The Wildcat Concept Will “Influence” Future Buicks
The Wildcat EV concept looks stunning as is. However, it’s difficult to say how many design flairs will make it through to the final production model. Buick, of course, is not promising anything, as it says that the concept will only “influence” production models in the coming years rather than forming the basis for any mass-produced car.
The Wildcat EV also sports Buick’s updated logo, which the company also announced this week. The logo still retains the company’s traditional three shields, but in the redesigned version, they are arranged horizontally instead of diagonally. What’s more, the outer circle has now also been ditched, although the design retains the patriotic red, white and blue color scheme for the three shields. The company says that the new badge will be body-mounted onto the front fascia of Buick products from next year.