This move is in line with our belief that Buick is on its way to becoming a crossover and SUV brand. As we outlined in a previous article on this subject, the Regal is the only Buick sedan left in the automaker’s U.S. lineup and it is being built under a contract agreement with Opel, which GM sold to PSA Group in 2017. Its future is therefore uncertain, and if the Regal were to be discontinued, Buick’s lineup would consist of crossovers and SUVs only.
Additionally, Buick is not known to have any new sedans or crossovers in development. As we exclusively reported in February, the automaker’s dev engineers are currently busy working on five new crossover models that are expected to arrive before the end of 2020. Some of these new Buick crossovers will be next-generation iterations of current models, like the new Encore, while others will be all-new entries. Some will be available in both China and North America, but others will be China-only or U.S.-only products.
In addition to the next-generation Encore, this crossover/SUV offensive will also include the next-generation Envision, a new B-segment model for China, the production version of the Buick Enspire concept and the new three-row Buick Envoy.
The new Encore, which will debut as a 2020 model year vehicle, is expected to be the first of these crossovers to arrive, with a debut date set for sometime this year.