2011 Buick crossover plug-in hybridEnlarge Photo
Buick's adding two more crossovers to its lineup under the Enclave, and according to one source, a small ute based on the next Chevrolet Aveo is in the works.
This morning, GM confirmed it's working on a future Buick plug-in hybrid and confirmed the presence of a second crossover vehicle. Automotive News reports that the second Buick crossover won't simply be a gas-engined version of the hybrid ute, but will in fact be a version of a vehicle being spun from the next-generation Chevrolet Aveo.
2011 Chevrolet Viva, to be sold in South America as Chevrolet AgileEnlarge Photo
It's likely the new Buick plug-in hybrid crossover will share some of the "Voltec" lithium-ion batteries and motors with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The rest of the Buick plug-in, though, will be based on the recently killed Saturn Vue 2-Mode Hybrid, down to the V-6 engine, two-mode hybrid system, and basic bodystyle (hinted at here in a detail photo supplied by GM).
A gas-only version of the Buick plug-in hybrid crossover will go on sale in 2010. It will be offered with either GM's new 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter, direct-injection V-6 also destined for Cadillac's CTS lineup.