Over the past few weeks, GM Authority has brought you spy shots of the upcoming Buick Enspire, along with exclusive information about its exterior dimensions and interior infotainment features. Now, we have more details about what will power the upcoming compact crossover SUV.
According to sources familiar with the future Buick Enspire to market, the new CUV will be powered by the turbo-charged 2.0L I-4 LSY engine mated to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission. The combination will be rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel-drive will be standard and all-wheel-drive will be optional.
Furthermore, GM Authority has learned that the powertrain combination will enable the Buick Enspire to sprint from 0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds.
Currently, no information is available about a potential battery electric variant foreshadowed by the Buick Enspire Concept, which was revealed as a BEV model. However, if such a variant does come to market, it will likely arrive later on in the Enspire’s lifecycle.
The Buick Enspire will be positioned between the Buick Envision and upcoming baby Buick Enclave (in China) and Buick Enclave (in North America). It will be similar in size to its platform mate, the Cadillac XT4. It’s worth noting that the Enspire will be a more premium offering than the Envision, despite the two models having similar dimensions.
We expect the Buick Enspire to be revealed some time in 2020 and go on sale in the second half of the year as a 2021 model year vehicle. The model is expected to be sold in both North America and China.