The 2021 Buick Envision debuted just yesterday, dropping in with an all-new second generation for the nameplate. Now, GM Authority has confirmed that the next-gen model will continue to be built in China.
According to our sources, the 2021 Buick Envision will be produced at the SAIC-GM Jinqiao South plant in China. From there, the new Envision will be shipped to each of the four markets where the Buick brand is available, including the U.S., Canada, and Mexico (comprising the North American market), as well as in China.
We were the first to report on this back in October, at which time product plans outlined that the crossover would be named Enspire.
For reference, the first-generation Buick Envision was also produced in China, but at a different facility, namely the SAIC-GM Dongyue North plant. Like the 2021 Envision, the first-gen model was also sold in China and throughout North America.
The first-generation Envision performed poorly in its segment from a sales point of view. This was due to a number of issues, including pricing. What’s more, the Envision is the only GM product built in China and exported to the U.S., which has not only caused controversy, but also affects sold vehicle orders due to lengthy shipping times.
While the 2021 Envision will continue to see an impact from these latter two elements, the 2021 vehicle looks to address the first with a complete product overhaul.
The 2021 Envision is based on the GM E2 platform, which it shares with the Cadillac XT4. The exterior is wider and lower than before, and comes with fresh styling that aims at mixing “expressiveness” and “practicality.”
Motivation is sourced from the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY, which produces 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed to the wheels by of the GM nine-speed automatic transmission, with FWD as standard, and AWD optional.
Cabin tech features in the 2021 Envision include an available 10-inch touchscreen and several baked-in apps, such as Amazon Alexa, Pandora, Fox Sports, and Spotify. Extra opulence will be offered through the range-topping Avenir trim level, which will be available for the first time on the Envision nameplate for the 2021 model year.