Images of the mildly updated, Chinese-market 2020 Buick Envision have surfaced online ahead of the vehicle’s official debut.
While the North American-spec Buick Envision was updated for the 2019 model year, the Chinese-market vehicle is getting a refresh for 2020 with updated front and rear fascias, new LED headlights and different taillights, among other small changes. It’s not yet clear if this slightly reworked version of the compact Buick crossover will find its way to North America.
According to Chinese publication Autohome, these updates have also made the car slightly longer at 184.8 inches (4,694 mm) and also a bit taller, with the tallest part of the crossover now measuring in at 72.4 inches (1,839 mm). We should note the wheelbase is the same 108.2 inches (2,750 mm) and it rides on the same front-wheel-drive-based GM D2 platform as the 2019 model-year vehicle.
Unfortunately, images of the vehicle’s interior have yet to leak, so it’s unclear what kind of updates General Motors‘ Chinese subsidiary, GM-SAIC, has applied—if any.
Under the hood of the Chinese-market 2020 Buick Envision is GM’s turbocharged 1.5-liter LFV four-cylinder engine, which is good for 169 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. Unlike the six- and nine-speed automatic transmissions available in the 2019 model-year Buick Envision for North America, this Chinese model uses a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. As you may recall, GM offers a 2.5-liter LCV four-cylinder engine in the North American Envision, along with an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter LTG four-cylinder. The 2.5-liter engine is paired with the six-speed auto, while the 2.0-liter turbo links up with the nine-speed auto.
Buick sales are down 20.63% in China in the first nine months of 2019, so GM will need to keep putting out updated versions of its more popular models, such as the Envision, in order to turn things around in the country. GM sales in China overall were also down year-over-year in Q3, with sales dipping 18 percent to 689,531 units, as per our sales report.