A few years back, General Motors debuted the 2018 Buick Enspire all-electric concept SUV at Auto China in Beijing. Offered as a design study that previewed the styling of the all-new 2021 Buick Envision, we’re now taking the opportunity to compare the Enspire concept to the production-ready 2021 Envision in terms of exterior aesthetics.
Broadly speaking there are quite a few similarities between these two crossovers. Both sport traditional crossover proportions, with a long, relatively straight roofline, sharp downward cut for the hatch, and rising shoulder line. That said, the closer we look, the more differences we find, with the concept’s exaggerated styling elements made more subtle on the production Envision.
Up front, we find slim headlamps for both vehicles, which connect across a broad grille section set into the front fascia. But while the Enspire concept gets ultra-thin lighting elements, the 2021 Envision gets more traditional housings. Checkmark lighting signatures are also present in both vehicles, while the lower fascia mirrors the shape of the upper grille insert.
Viewed in profile, the concept’s enormous wheels contrast with the more modest rollers on the 2021 Envision, while the former’s rear-facing sideview cameras are replaced by traditional mirrors on the production vehicle. The concept also gets a lower roofline, lending it a more aggressive appearance, while the production vehicle raises the roof height for extra space inside the cabin. Both models also get black lower molding, although it’s more sculpted on the concept vehicle.
Finally, the rear end shows a rounded hatch section with horizontally oriented tail lamps. While the 2018 Buick Enspire concept once again incorporates ultra-thin lighting elements, the 2021 Envision matches its tail lamp shape to that of its headlamps. The Envision’s spoiler section is also less pronounced than that of the Enspire, while also incorporating a faux exhaust treatment and diffuser element for the lower fascia.
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