Buick announced today that the brand only wants to build an EV by 2030. The announcement also includes a concept car. Buick Wildcat EV is a low-key coupé that doesn’t quite fit into Buick’s future image based on shape and names, but provides a summary of the language structure of future designs.
Wildcat by no means is an unknown name in the Buick column. From 1963 to 1970 Buick produced a full-fledged family under that name. The brand also used the name more often for fancy cars. In the 50s there were already Buick Wildcat Concepts and in 1985 the brand featured supercar-like under one name. So now there is a new wild cat, but with a focus on electrical operation. The concept of the Wildcat EV is a four-seater coupe that resembles an older car in appearance. The large turbine wheels of the research model are the main reference for this.
In the front, a ‘grille’ with almost completely separated roofs immediately catches the eye. The rest of the front bumper, as it were, is wrapped around it. The headlights bend down on each side of the Wild Cat by shaking its head. The lower beam is located in the lower part of the bend, the remaining part of the lamp serves daylight. Most interesting are the Catcat rear lights. These consist of a layer structure and pass through the back window towards the roof. A stylish feature that can also fit well with an SUV or crossover. Speaking of roofs: part of the roof rises when the door is opened to make it easier to enter.
Aircraft-themed themes are also featured in some of the Wildcat EV interiors. The main emphasis is on digital placement: the dashboard has a large curved screen and in the middle cone there is an additional touch screen for various car functions. Additionally, the pedal placement is awesome: all acceleration and brake pedals are on the right side. However, it seems like this is more of a joke than a real return to production structure. After all, that way it will be much easier to combine the two pedals, with all the results that include …
According to Buick, the concept of Wildcat EV reflects what is possible in the field of design and technology in the future. Considering Buick’s current array, it seems unlikely that the brand will launch a low-cost coupe as the first electric car on the North American market, or launch a car like Wildcat EV altogether. It seems more likely that Buick’s first US EV will be a crossover. In this case, Electra from the Chinese branch of Buick offers the best clues. Especially when it comes to mention, because Buick EV all over the world will be called Electra. For the Chinese-US market, Buick is moving in a different direction depending on the format language, so some details of the Wildcat EV Concept may return to production structures in the United States.