General Motors is currently in the process of continuing to align its Buick and Opel brands. That means more product sharing will take place between the two going forward, starting with the recently-released Buick Envision.
The Envision will eventually be brought to Europe as a replacement for the aging Antara SUV, which has been around in one form or another since 2006, and was the basis of the long-gone Saturn Vue and Chevrolet Captiva Sport. The Antara will likely remain cosmetically identical to the 2016 Buick Envision, save for a tweaked front end to accommodate an Opel-style grille and an Opel emblem.
In China, the Envision is available with GM’s 2.0-liter turbocharged LTG Ecotec engine producing 256 horsepower 260 pound-feet of torque linked up to an all-new start/stop “DSS” six-speed transmission. It’s not clear if this engine will appear on European-spec models, but given that diesel engines are very popular in Europe, the Antara will likely offer one of GM’s new oil burners.
We’ll know more about the incoming Antara replacement as its late-2015 debut date approaches