Back in June, GM Authority was the first to present details about a future three-row variant of the all-new Buick Envision premium crossover, which we believe will be brought to market as the Buick Envision GX. Now, we have new spy shots that provide a better look at the upcoming CUV.
The prototype spied undergoing testing today is the same car as we caught in June, as identified by the number 3 at the top of the windshield and the Michigan manufacturer plate 064-645.
As per our prior report, the upcoming Envision GX is assigned vehicle program code E2YB, which translates into:
- E2: General Motors E2 platform
- Y: utility vehicle (larger size/capacity)
- B: Buick brand
Though the Envision GX will ride on the same E2 platform as the “regular” Envision, it will offer more interior room as well as three rows of seating. Sources have tipped that the Envision GX will share the regular Envision’s 2,779-mm wheelbase, meaning that the additional interior space will come as a result of a more traditional/more functional roof treatment and a longer rear overhang.
Power will come from the same powertrain as found in the regular Envision – a turbo-charged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder engine likely rated at 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The new GM nine-speed automatic transmission will do shifting duty. Front-wheel-drive will be standard, and all-wheel-drive will be available.
The addition of the Envision GX to the lineup will signal to the public the model’s relationship to the two-row Envision. Additionally, the Envision GX would create a family of Envision vehicles, with a “regular” model followed by a larger / more upscale “GX” variant. Buick is employing that very strategy today with the Buick Encore and new Encore GX.
Expect the Buick Envision GX to launch in late 2021 – roughly a year after the “regular” two-row 2021 Envision – as a 2022 model year vehicle. It should be made available in both North America and China.