2024 Buick Electra: Will There be a New Buick Electra? General Motors has lofty goals of surpassing Tesla in sales of electric vehicles by the year 2025; but, in order to achieve this goal, every brand under the GM umbrella will need to produce electric vehicles that are competitive in their own markets.
That includes Buick, which is one of the very few remaining GM brands that will transition to electric vehicles. The Electra, which is Buick’s first electric vehicle (EV), has the potential to put the brand on a far more promising path. Sales of Buick vehicles have been stagnant as of late, and the brand’s range is not particularly innovative.
At this moment, there are not many specifics available about the Electra, but judging by the Electra Concept, it will be a striking crossover vehicle that will be very different from the Electra full-size sedan that was manufactured until 1990.
It is interesting to note that the Electra moniker will be used to a series of future models as a kind of electric vehicle (EV) sub-brand; yet, given that buyers can’t seem to get enough of crossovers, we’d be astonished if the brand’s debut EV were anything other than a crossover.
When Is The Buick Electra Coming Out?
It is anticipated that the Buick Electra will be unveiled sometime in 2023, and shortly after that, a release date will be announced, at which point it will either come as a 2024 or 2025 model.
What’s The Price Of The 2024 Electra?
The fact that we anticipate the first electric vehicle from Buick to have dimensions comparable to those of the Cadillac Lyriq may make it easier to estimate its price. It is likely that the base price of the 2024 Buick Electra will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $60,000 MSRP, but it is feasible that the price of additional trim levels could be higher.
The Electra-X is the name of Buick’s latest regional concept vehicle, which was unveiled in China. It remains to be seen if the production Electra-X and Electra will be the same vehicle but with different names for the China and USA markets, or if the differences run deeper than just the names. Although the Electra-X concept appears to be much more production-ready than the original Electra concept, the latter is more likely.
Another fascinating possibility is a new trademark that we found for an Electra GS, which is most likely going to be a high-performance variant of the Electra that will be released in 2024. Again, we are forced to rely on speculation, so this could either be a sportier version of the Electra with a distinctive body style or it could have a crossover body and more powerful motors, making it comparable to a potential Cadillac Lyriq V. Since we are forced to rely on speculation, this could be one of two things.
In addition to the Lyriq, potential competitors for the Buick Electra might include the Chevrolet Blazer EV, the Audi e-tron, and the BMW iX. This is predicated on the assumption that the Electra will compete in the small or midsize crossover sector. When it comes down to it, everything will depend on where Buick chooses to place the Electra in the market.
New Buick Electra Exterior and Colors
Although we haven’t seen the outside of the Buick Electra yet, we have a few designs that should give us a good indication of what to anticipate. In addition to the Electra Concept that was presented in the year 2020, Buick has just recently shown us the breathtaking Wildcat EV Concept, which the company claims is a preview of the brand’s future design language.
Additionally, the Electra-X Concept, which is pictured in white below, is a concept that was presented in China. If we were able to find an artificial intelligence program that could properly integrate these three ideas into one, then maybe we would have a better idea of what the final production of Electra would look like.
These ideas all have clear contours and depend less on intricate particulars than they do on striking proportions in order to capture your attention. Both the Electra and Electra-X ideas have headlights that are very thin, wheels that are exceptionally huge, and a glasshouse that is not very deep.
The Electra Concept’s wild butterfly wing doors and complete lack of standard door handles are not likely to put it into reality. On the other hand, the Wildcat’s “forward-leaning” front end and low-mounted, trapezoidal grille might make it into production.
The Wildcat Concept’s blade-style taillights and turbine wheels are also appealing to us, but none of these design aspects, nor the color options that will be offered for the next Buick Electra crossover, have been officially announced. Whatever the case may be, it seems that the time of sleek but relatively unremarkable Buicks is drawing to a close.
Rather than presenting a body that has been chiseled, the general framework of the Buick Electra was modeled by the space capsules, which had sculpted surfaces. It has been said that Buick has adopted a particular design language in order to include an aesthetic quality directly into its appearance.
The design language for the Buick Electra has been given the term “Potential Energy,” and it has been drawn much like the design language for other American crossovers that are going to go into production in the next several years.
The Buick Electra is often classified as a small crossover; yet, we were able to appreciate it more as a tall sedan due to the layer effect and the longer bonnet, both of which provided the sense that it was stretched out.
Even though it is still considered to be a Buick concept model, the automaker has applied a minimalist design aesthetic to it by giving it a clean and smooth exterior that is devoid of any highlights or character lines. Instead, the airy greenhouse-shrouded glass dominates from all sides of the vehicle.
In addition, Buick was successful in defining an athletic form while maintaining the Gran Turismo design, which does not often combine well with shiny furniture. In addition to the angular appearance that has been tamed for the Buick Electra, the aerodynamic quirk has been strengthened.
Both the front and the back halves of the fascia bear a likeness in the center inscription that reads ‘Electra,’ with the front half being highlighted with a lit emblem. The front fascia is illuminated with LED lights to create an effect that is three-dimensional and is connected by a narrow opening.
Buick Electra Engine And Performance
Again, there is no hard evidence to suggest how the Buick Electra will be propelled, but based on the available information, we may make some educated guesses. When Buick unveiled the Electra Concept in 2020, the company said that it was equipped with two electric motors that were capable of generating 583 horsepower and that it could accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in under 4.3 seconds. This is much more powerful than the Lyriq, which has two motors and all-wheel drive and produces 500 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.
It is possible that a powertrain with this degree of gusto might fulfill the job of an Electra GS, but a version with only one engine would be used to propel the standard Electra and would have a more straightforward rear-wheel-drive setup. With 340 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) basic model of the Lyriq is not lacking in power.
As with a good number of other electric vehicles produced by General Motors, the Electra is anticipated to be built on the adaptable Ultium platform. As we will see in the next section, this might result in an excellent driving range on a single charge.