The Buick Envision, currently in the first model year of its second generation, has been available until now only as a two-row model both in North America and China, where it is known as the Envision S to differentiate it from the previous-, first-generation Envision still sold in that country. However, a three-row version was officially unveiled at the annual Buick Brand Day in Shanghai, China on April 18th.
During our reporting, GM Authority has referred to this vehicle as the Envision GX since we exclusively revealed its existence in June of last year, but Buick has chosen the name Envision Plus for the Chinese market. The expectation, at least as of this writing, is that the Envision Plus will make its way to North America as the Envision GX. Whatever it’s called, the three-row model is expected to go on sale in both markets later on in 2021.
So, how do the two stack up on paper? We sought to find out.
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The only exterior dimension shared by both vehicles is the width, which amounts to 74.1 inches. Although the Envision Plus rides on an extended version of the GM E2 platform, the difference in wheelbase is relatively minor at just 2.1 inches. However, the three-row model’s advantage when it comes to overall length is much greater, at 8.2 inches.
The Buick Envision Plus is also 2.5 inches taller than the regular 2021 Buick Envision, though this will not be due to any difference in the platform.
No internal dimensions are currently available for the Buick Envision Plus, but they will certainly differ from those of the two-row model behind the front row of seats.
The Buick Envision is built at the SAIC-GM Jianqiao plant in Shanghai. The only engine available as of this writing is the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline unit, which produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and is mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. The Envision Plus uses the same engine, though mounted to a mild hybrid system, along with a 48V electric motor. GM has yet to reveal power figures for this powertrain.
As might be expected of a completely revised model with optimal retail availability, Buick Envision sales in the U.S. jumped 51 percent in Q1 of 2021 compared with the same period the year prior. At 10,476 units, it placed third in the luxury C-segment crossover segment, behind the Lexus NX (14,462 units) and the Acura RDX (11,612 units), but well ahead of the Audi Q3 (8,575 units).
Sales Numbers - Luxury C-Segment Crossovers - Q1 2021 - United States
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