Recent spy photos captured exclusively by GM Authority reveal a compact crossover/Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) out testing with signature Buick styling cues. This prototype could be a version of the Chevy Orlando that is reconfigured for sale under the Buick brand.
Although this prototype is covered in the usual black-and-white camouflage, these images still reveal the telltale signs of a Buick, in particular the front lighting treatment. Underneath the covers, we spot signature lighting elements that look remarkably similar to the latest Buick Envision, which is equipped with checkmark LED elements added along the top of the headlamp housing.
Meanwhile, the body design doesn’t have the same sleek lines and stance as the Buick Envision. Rather, it has the upright body and chiseled design of the Chevy Orlando.
For those who may be unaware, the Chevy Orlando is a compact MPV with three rows of seating inside the cabin. The first-gen Orlando was produced between 2011 and 2018, and was derived from the first-gen Chevy Cruze. The second-generation Chevy Orlando was launched in China in 2018 with a 2+5 seating arrangement and four model variants, offering brand-new styling that takes after the FNR-X concept vehicle, an eight-inch touchscreen, and 54 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. Motivation is derived from an Ecotec dual-jet turbocharged engine.
A new mild hybrid model launched in China this past June for the 2021 model year, mating the same turbo 1.3L engine as the non-hybrid model with a 48V electric motor and 48V battery, upping fuel economy to 39 mpg combined. The nameplate is derived from the city of Orlando, Florida, which is known internationally as a prime destination for family vacations due to an abundance of theme parks.
This new prototype suggests a new Buick model derived from the Chevy Orlando. The Orlando was never marketed in the U.S., and although there’s no clear indication where this new model may be sold, it will likely be exclusive to China.
Interestingly, Buick already has a vehicle that loosely falls into this segment, specifically the GL6. However, the GL6 is more of a business vehicle, and it would make sense for GM to offer something like this new Orlando-derived model given Buick’s popularity in the Chinese market.