Concept Corner: Buick Wildcat EV

Last month, Buick – which along with Cadillac, is one of General Motors’ premium brands –unveiled this, the Wildcat EV concept. And it is a glorious thing – a stunningly good-looking 2+2 coupe that introduces a new styling direction for Buick.

The brand has given the car the Wildcat name that it used for a series of striking concept cars during the 1950s and 1980s, and this newest effort certainly lives up to the standards set by its predecessors.

There’s a low, wide stance and forward-leaning front-end appearance that features a low-mounted, trapezoidal grille. The aggressive look is aided by micro-LED lighting technology and thin-beam projector lenses for the front lighting, a windscreen that seems to flow into the side glass, and blade-style taillights at the rear. Jet-age inspired 18-spoke ‘turbine’ wheels add to the Wildcat’s muscular look and there’s new Buick tri-shield badging too.

There’s a unique design to the doors, with a semi-swing set-up meaning a portion of the roof lifts as the doors open. Very cool.

The interior, as you might expect, is pretty futuristic. A prominent ‘floating’ console with a touchscreen display extends from the base of the instrument panel to the rear seating area, and there’s plenty of brushed and polished aluminium for the trim, cockpit-style seats with cantilevered headrests, and a sweeping touchscreen along the dash.

The Wildcat EV concept is built, Buick says, to be a platform for futuristic features such as artificial intelligence, biometrics and aromatherapy, and the technology is designed to adapt to its user and make suggestions on a variety of features from infotainment to comfort to vehicle functions. For example, there’s a Zen Mode, that can, Buick says, detect an elevation in a driver’s heart rate and automatically adjust vehicle settings to calm them down. It does so by dimming the cabin lights, adjusting sound settings, dispersing calming aromatherapy scents, and activating massaging seats.

As a concept, the Wildcat EV is unlikely to make it to the road as seen here – it is pretty much a styling and design exercise – and there’s no information about what is powering the car (although as Buick is part of GM, it would presumably be some version of the company’s Ultium platform).

However, Buick has announced it will be a fully electric brand by the end of the decade (see page 43) so there’s a chance that plenty of the Wildcat EV styling may make it into some future model. Let’s hope so, because it is a beauty.


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