Buick’s future will include a convertible and new compact, GM Authority has learned. The Tri-Shield brand has seen sales rise 13 percent in the first half of 2014, and the brand wants to keep the momentum going well into the future. Here’s what we expect from the brand in the near future:
- Buick Convertible: set to be Buick’s take on the Opel Cascada convertible (and possibly using the same name), the two-door cruiser is expected to be powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that Consumer Reports praised in the Regal.
- Buick Envision: Buick’s compact SUV will be called Envision in China and possibly in North America as well. It will slot between the full-size Enclave and subcompact Encore CUVs. Most likely, the new Envision should be ready for U.S. consumption in mid-2015 as a 2016 model, and will possibly use a different powertrain than its Chinese counterpart.
- Buick Verano: a new Verano is anticipated for 2017. The car should share its platform with the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze and be the equivalent of the next-gen Opel Astra.
- Buick LaCrosse: the LaCrosse is scheduled for a redesign for the 2016 model year. The large Buick will be the first vehicle built on the successor to the Epsilon front wheel-drive platform, dubbed E2XX, also utilized by the future Buick Regal as well as the Chevrolet Impala and Malibu.
- Buick Regal: due for the 2018 model year, the next-gen Regal likely will ride on a version of the E2XX platform.
- Buick Encore: after facelift for 2016, the Encore is expected to be redesigned for 2018.
- Buick Enclave: the next-generation Enclave SUV will begin production in the spring of 2017. The new vehicle will be lighter and will likely use a smaller, more efficient V6 paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.