Buick Enspire Interior Spied With Massive Infotainment Screen25
GM is working on all-new Buick Enspire crossover, a compact crossover slated to debut sometime next year. And now, we’re getting our first look at the Buick Enspire interior thanks to a new set of spy shots.
Though we’ve seen the Buick Enspire testing in the past, this is the first time we’ve seen its interior. The really big ticket item here is the infotainment screen, which appears to be the biggest screen we’ve seen in a Buick model thus far.
The horizontally-oriented screen stretches the full width of center stack. The display is angled towards the driver for easier operation and improved viewability. This screen definitely looks bigger than the current eight-inch LCD screen found elsewhere in the Buick lineup, and its positioning looks improved as well.
Directly left of the infotainment screen, we find three controls. The top-most button appears to be the power button to turn the system on and off. That one is followed by a home button, itself followed by what appears to be a volume dial with a selection button in the center. The cabin vents and HVAC controls are still hiding under the camouflage.
Other details worth noting include the instrument cluster, which uses an analogue setup with a white dial, white numbering, and a black background reminiscent to that of the Cadillac XT4.
The leather-clad steering wheel is also clearly visible, as are the thumb controls mounted at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions. Just behind the wheel is a set of paddle shifters.
The all-new Buick Enspire will ride on the GM E2 vehicle platform, the same architecture as the Cadillac XT4. The Enspire name takes from the Buick Enspire concept that debuted at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show. However, while the concept was all-electric, the production-spec Buick Enspire is expected to be powered by the GM 2.0L Turbo LSY engine and potentially another gasoine powerplant. Both engines will mate to the GM nine-speed automatic transmission and send power either to the front wheels or all four wheels. That said, an electrified variant remains a possibility as well.
The Buick Enspire will slot in between the Buick Envision and the baby Buick Enclave in China and between the Envision and full-size Buick Enclave in the U.S. The vehicle should be slightly larger than the Envision, and pricing should start around the $35,000 mark. Look for a debut next year with a launch as either the 2021 or 2022 model year.
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I will continue to say it. A $30k compact crossover should not have better functionality than a $65k luxury truck. Whether it’s infotainment screens or adaptive cruise control or reclining rear seats or panoramic roof.
Buick’s best hope is being a value packed brand since the Tri Shield lacks cache here in the States.
No doubt. But a Sierra Denali should have at a minimum the same technology, not less.
GM made a silly decision with they most profitable vehicles, and even sillier with the most profitable models of that most vehicle.
I think Buick is aiming to sell a breakthrough vehicle that captures both critic’s attention & consumer conquests. (Kia did this with the 2008 Optima by loading the auto with typically high trim features as standard).
Buick was experiencing growth and critical attention up till Encore but has gotten kind of lost, and in some ways like Cadillac, over the past few years.
Buick needs attention (and good marketing) to increase sales especially as GMC becomes less aggressive (think first Gen Terrain VS second).
Buick must be more than a high trim Chevrolet while keeping off Cadillac’s lawn.
It looks like the Buick Enspire will be a nice vehicle, entirely competitive with similar ones from, for example, Infiniti, Acura, and Mazda.
I can’t say for sure on the Infiniti or Acura, but I personally sell Mazda. They aren’t at Buick level. At least not yet. And I personally drive a 2018 Buick. Much nicer car than anything similar from Mazda in the 2019 model year.
Thank you, Dan. Stylistically, the side profile of the Buick Enspire reminds me of the Mazda CX-5.
i’ve read a lot of reviews for the most recent crop of mazda products.
one common theme that has emerged is that reviewers tend to praise mazda interiors.
here is what car and driver said about the cx5 :
“Wake up inside the top-tier CX-5 models, and you might think you’ve been abducted by kidnappers who own an Audi or a Mercedes.”
here is what they said about the cx9 :
” Open the door and the CX-9’s interior welcomes passengers with an upscale cabin that wouldn’t look out of place in an Audi. ”
so i find it puzzling that a vehicle interior that appears to match up well to the likes of audi(albeit at the higher trim levels) isn’t up to snuff with buick.
Look at what those same interiors look like in 2 or 3 years. The problem with Mazda is that they (now) make a very appealing interior, but it doesn’t hold up for s–t. The use lots of soft touch material in key area, but it doesn’t hold up. Many cheap trim parts that break easily or are just not quality and won’t hold up. I’ve seen my share of rather disturbing issues with many Mazda’s over the past 3 1/2 years that would never set well with me on my own car. Another example of poor materials: Nearly every new CX5 chrome trim (doors sills, around grille, etc) discolor and gets tiny brown specks all the time. They are very hard to polish and the detail shop has to be super careful not to use anything that will go through the “chrome”. When delivering them, we have customers complain all the time about that and our detail shop is afraid to work on them. However, I’ve now had my Buick Encore for almost 2 years and never once an issue like that and my interior trim (base preferred package car) is holding up much better than the Mazda’s.
So yes, it’s quite easy for Car and Driver or others to give glowing reviews of a brand new popular car/model. Let’s see what they have to say about that same car after 2 years of normal use. Let’s see how they feel when opening the door on that 3 year lease return CX5 GT where the leather is hard as a rock and the seams are coming apart as the leather shrinks and dries up. Let’s see how they like it when you can’t change the radio because the screen no longer operates or the center armrest won’t stay down because the cheap plastic tab broke off. I could go on…… No thank you. I’ll keep my GM/Buick.
here is a long term review of a 2017 cx5 by mazda.
they praise the luxury feel of the interior.
they also said : “Broken trim pieces and scratched leather are common in a support car, but neither had happened before the CX-5’s year was up.”
so maybe one year isn’t enough. perhaps things go to pot in year two as you suggested.
Looking extremely promising
The outside looks like the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.
This looks like a promising product.
And at $35,000, it will be a bit close to the XT4. Hopefully Buick is packing some extra content in that base price. They need to. That formula worked for Hyundai.
Buick was killing it with the previous gen LaCrosse and Enclave. Unfortunately they have phoned it in since then. The current LaCrosse was disappointing. The new Regal is very meh. The new Envision sucks so badly that I can’t believe that design was ever approved.
So once again a Buick will have a better interior than the new Cadillac CT5 ?
Is it not a Cadillac at GM to be at the top of luxury ?
What the h3ll is going on at GM with the lack of top end interiors on the supposed to be top GM products, Denali truck, and Cadillac vehicles ?
Still don’t get who is making these decisions !!
Woo Hoo! This looks really what I’ve been looking for. I wanted to buy a Buick CUV, but the Envision looks just too dowdy and generic and the Envoy is just too long. If this is built on the E2 platform like the Cadillac XT4, it should be between 181 to 185 inches in length since the Envision is 181 long and the C2 midsize platform is about 190 to 193 inches long like the GMC Acadia and the Chevy Blazer. And, with an upscale infotainment system like this,, I can only hope the exterior design will also offer that “wow eye candy” affect. I was toying with the idea of getting an 2020 Acadia Denali as a substitute, but if the Envision is ready for the 2020/21 MY, I’ll just wait. I hope to see a model of it and the Buick orange CUV concept at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
Hopefully GM will decide to build this Buick crossover in the US for a change. It would fit in nicely at Fairfax.
More cause for driver distraction. Not a good idea.
only if it assembled in the USA and must keep some sedan I want a 2020 lacrosse that is built in the USA
Hmmm. The problem with Buick is that it has “image” issues. Every time I see a Buick I think “old and slow” – both the vehicle itself and the person driving it!
Anyway.. if the Enspire has any chance of succeeding in the U.S. market it will have to be assembled in the U.S.
“Anyway.. if the Enspire has any chance of succeeding in the U.S. market it will have to be assembled in the U.S.”
Almost nobody is going to care where it was assembled.
Nothing inspiring here……and…….I don’t do SUV’s or trucks which is all GM will have in a few years. I guess the replacement for my 2018 CT6 Platinum will have to be foreign since the Escala is dead, and the CT6 will be soon. GM, creating their own demise…….
ls GM’s only selling point Made in USA? Is economic nationalism the only thing keeping the Detroit 3alive VS German and Japanese cars? Only old, uneducated and boring people care considering 1) a majority of import brands make product here; 2) The US, and the Canada and Mexico are one economic zone and a healthy Mexican economy means less undocumented immigration north. Also Mexico has more free trade agreements than the US do its only logical that export-bound vehicles would be produced there. Blame DC, but not GM
GM never plans ahead regarding Federalization! This was a problem with Opel. Now it’s an issue with GEM-based vehicles like China Encore that are uber youthful and a good replacement for generation 1 & a good companion vehicle for GX. All GM platforms should be automatically Federalized with easy to do suspension improvements.
I am pro union. I also understand the globalized nature of GM and the benefits of running one line for niche autos like TourX.
And I guess it was D.C.’s fault that GM decided to build the Blazer in Mexico after closing four U.S. plants. Only boring, uninformed, dumb ass, nitwits act like they don’t care where GM’s cars are built. When the Japs, Koreans, and Chinese take over the country idiots like you will scream the loudest…….
I’m guessing you are elderly with that irrational fear of “Japs” taking over the country and a Mexican Blazer has nothing to do with that anyway.
How does a Mexican Blazer aid China? I want my neighbors to have jobs so support union auto jobs but also understand why GM wants to operate one line as opposed to paying for tooling and labor for two plants. I don’t agree with the way capitalism is being manipulated but get that these are the rules by which GM must play.
As for DC, NAFTA is one economic zone supported by both Obama and Trump with his new deal so GM building Blazer there means little to most people.
john e –you are so right and there are way to many idiots