Buick Wildcat EV not only ahead of its time, but designed as a platform for futuristic features such as artificial intelligence, biometrics, and aromatherapy. Show car combines efficiency and technological innovation in a mind-blowing package
The American car manufacturer Buick, which is part of General Motors Corporation, introduced a concept electric car Wildcat EV. Specifications have not yet been disclosed.
Buick claims that Wildcat EV not only ahead of its time, but designed as a platform for futuristic features such as artificial intelligence, biometrics, and aromatherapy. The show car combines efficiency and technological innovation in a dizzying package. It's the kind of forward thinking that makes it electric in every way.
Buick's first electric car is expected to go on sale in North America in 2024, and the company intends to fully electrify its lineup by the end of the decade – 5 years ahead of the deadline set by General Motors to abandon internal combustion engines.
For nearly 70 years, the Wildcat name has been reserved for Buick's innovative, progressive concept vehicles that push the boundaries of design and technology. The first Wildcat concept, introduced in 1953, showed off the design of the next generation Buick. The Wildcat II and Wildcat III concepts appeared in 1954 and 1955, respectively, and were overseen by legendary chief designer Harley Earl. In 1985, another Wildcat concept debuted. It was a futuristic, mid-engined, all-wheel-drive supercar designed to showcase new engine technology.
The Wildcat was designed to convey an entirely new design language that will influence production Buick models for the foreseeable future. The new Buick three-shield logo, prominently displayed on the front and rear of the body, symbolizes the design transformation and new production models will wear it starting in 2023.
"Concept Wildcat EV represents the brand's true design future,” said Sharon Gauci, Executive Director of Global Buick and GMC Design. "Buick has always looked ahead and this expression shows where we are going and our optimism for the limitless possibilities of an electric future."
Concept car Wildcat EV also introduces a new expressive Buick face, featuring a bold, forward-leaning front end with a low-mounted trapezoidal grille. Sharp, swoosh-shaped taillights sit high on the sides of the car, while the main light sources are located on the outer edges of the grille. The lighting elements are tuned to create a unique welcome choreography when the driver approaches.
“From every angle, the car looks like it’s ready to jump,” said Bob Boniface, director of Global Buick Design. "This is the result of a close attention to proportion and sculptural beauty derived from the intersection of shapes rather than lines."
Additional exterior design features include:
- Distinctive semi-hinged doors for easy entry and exit.
- A unique aluminum finish that flows seamlessly into the interior structure of the seats.
- Micro-LED lighting technology and thin beam projection lenses for front lighting.
- An external "state of charge" indicator visible on the hatchback's exterior glass.
- 18-spoke "turbine" wheels in the style of Jet Age.
Inside the concept cabin Wildcat EV has an inner glow that is inviting and soothing, while at the same time incorporating new technologies designed to make the ride more enjoyable.
The 2+2 configuration, defined by a prominent console that extends from the base of the dashboard to the rear seat, uses unique graphic and color contrasts to create a sense of visually floating elements designed to enhance the cabin's sense of lightness and spaciousness.
Color plays an important role in creating the warmth and coziness that an interior conveys. Legato Green color permeates the cabin and is highlighted by brushed or brushed aluminum trim. Bright orange elements, including seat belts, also make the car visually stand out.
Additional interior design elements include a lightweight flat-bottomed steering wheel and cockpit-style seats with cantilevered headrests that appear to float.
When it comes to integrating technology and interacting with the infotainment system, the wide touchscreen is the hotspot on the dashboard, along with the complementary screen on the console.
Show car Buick Wildcat EV created to be a platform for futuristic features such as artificial intelligence, biometrics and aromatherapy. The car is designed to detect an increase in the driver's heart rate and automatically adjust the car's parameters to calm him down. For example, when Zen mode is activated, the vehicle will dim interior lights, diffuse soothing aromatherapy scents, and activate seat massage.
“We are on the cusp of true change and this concept car is their tangible vision,” said Sharon Gauci. "This opens the next chapter in Buick's design heritage as we make a decisive transition to our all-electric future."