Wildcat EV styling will influence Buick production models for the foreseeable future

An exterior view of the Buick Wildcat EV concept

The Buick Wildcat EV styling will influence Buick production models for the foreseeable future. (Photos courtesy of Buick)

BY MARK MAYNARD

The Wildcat styling will influence Buick production models for the foreseeable future, Sharon Gauci, executive director, Global Buick and GMC Design, said in a release.

She said that Buick’s new tri-shield logo symbolizes the design transformation, and new production models will wear it starting next year.

Buick's new tri-shield logo

Buick’s new tri-shield logo will be mounted onto the front fascia of Buick products starting in 2023.

“The Wildcat EV concept represents the real design future for the brand,” Gauci said.

The Wildcat 2+2 coupe has a laid-back proportion with a low, wide stance. The windshield wraps around and flows into the side glass, which tapers dramatically with the fast roofline to accentuate the aggressive profile.

The swing style doors on the concept EV

Semi-swing doors for easy entry and exit.

Exterior design highlights include:

  • Semi-swing doors for easy entry and exit.
  • Micro-LED lighting and thin-beam projector lenses for the front lighting.
  • Blade-style taillights embedded in the roof’s sail panels and check-mark-style horizontal lamps.
  • An external “state of charge” indicator visible in the exterior hatchback glass.

“The more you look at the Wildcat EV concept, the more the details reveal themselves,” said Bob Boniface, director, Global Buick Design.

The concept's front seat area

Interior design elements include cockpit-style seats with cantilevered headrests and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

Interior

The cabin of the Wildcat EV concept has a prominent console that extends from the base of the instrument panel to the rear seating area. The design uses unique graphic and color contrasts to create the perception of visually floating elements. The design is intended to accentuate the cabin’s lightweight feel and spaciousness.

Legato Green flows through the cabin and is accented with brushed or polished aluminum trim. Orange elements, including the seat belts, also add visual distinction.

Additional interior design elements include cockpit-style seats with cantilevered headrests and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

A flat-bottom steering wheel

A prominent console extends from the base of the instrument panel to the back seats.

Technologies

The Buick Wildcat EV concept is built to be a platform for futuristic features such as artificial intelligence, biometrics, and aromatherapy. The vehicle is designed to detect an elevation in driver heart rate and automatically adjust vehicle settings to be more calming. For example, Zen Mode will dim the cabin lights, disperse calming aromatherapy scents, and activate massaging seats.

Everything about the concept is intended to convey what’s possible — in design, technology, and the transformative experience of EV mobility.

“We are on the cusp of true change, and this concept is a tangible vision of it,” said Gauci.

The rear end with new logo and nameplate

Blade-style taillights and check-mark-style horizontal lamps.

See the design video here.

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