Back in November 2018, GM Authority exclusively reported that GM was working on a future Buick crossover to slot between the Envision and Enclave. We then caught a prototype for the vehicle in April, and have done so again just now as it was testing with its platform mate – the Cadillac XT4 (which we can just barely see).
The model seen here seems to have progressed in development compared to the first time we saw it in April. However, it’s still wearing placeholder headlights, taillights, and wheels, the latter taken straight off the Cadillac XT4.
The overall shape seems to be similar to the Buick Enspire concept that the production model is bringing to life. A few notable elements to note include what appears to be an interpretation of the Buick design language, a forward-facing camera within the grille, a panoramic moonroof, and a tucked-under exhaust tip.
The new Buick crossover, which will likely be called Buick Enspire, will represent the production version of the very futuristic 2018 Buick Enspire concept. It is assigned program code E2UB, which means that it rides on the GM E2 platform shared with the Cadillac XT4, Buick Regal, and Chevy Malibu. But despite sharing its architecture with the Cadillac XT4, the model will be positioned to occupy a different vehicle segment.
According to information obtained by GM Authority, the Buick Enspire will be a D-segment vehicle, slotting above the C-segment Buick Envision but below the upcoming mid-size Buick crossover that we’ve termed baby Enclave.
The model should offer the new GM 2.0L Turbo LSY engine and potentially another powerplant and potentially an electrified variant. The internal combustion engines should route power through the GM 9-speed automatic transmission driving on either the front or all four wheels.
If the Enspire slots between the Envision and baby Enclave, pricing should start around the $35,000 range, since the compact Envision starts at $31,000. To note, the Enspire will not replace the Envision, but rather be sold alongside it.
It’s also possible that the final name for this model will end up being the Envision GX, given Buick’s latest trend of creating a “family” of vehicles, with an entry-level model carrying the “regular” name (such as Encore) and the premium-level model carrying the GX moniker (like Encore GX that recently debuted).
An official debut should take place some time in 2020, and go on sale by the end of that year.