Buick gave us a preview of its new Envision midsize SUV for China yesterday. The SUV is perfectly in line with the brand’s styling-language but we also see some small Opel design hints, particularly in the bodylines on the side, the badge integration on the rear hatch and in the headlights. The design is perhaps best described as safe and conservative, which can make it attractive for some but a little unemotional for others.
Out front on the Envision we see Buick’s waterfall grille, xenon headlamps with boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights, two lower fog lights and vents on the hood similar to those on the compact Encore and full-size Enclave. Looking at the side reveals Opel-esque styling, which is no surprise as Buick described the car as having a “refined global design”. The SUV may also be part of General Motors’ plans to further align its Opel and Buick brands.
Out back we see taillights which are reminiscent of those on other cars in the Opel lineup, which incorporate a chrome strip housing the Buick badge in the middle. There is also a narrow-looking back window and dual exhaust tips.
We may eventually the Envision or a similar vehicles stateside, and Europe will almost definitely get the new crossover badged as an Opel. There is also talk of it making its way down to Australia as a replacement for the Holden Captiva. So if you’re not in China, there is still a good chance it will be coming to a dealer near you. Its styling is meant to please consumers the world over, so is it hot or not? Additional photos from the preview given to Chinese media can be seen here.