A year after launching the all-new Buick Envision S in China, SAIC-GM is getting ready to introduce a new member of the Buick Envision range in the Chinese market. Sources familiar with the matter informed GM Authority that General Motors’ main joint venture in the Asian country will unveil a GS variant of the second-generation Envision this week.
According to our sources, the new GS variant will debut at the 2021 Chengdu Motor Show, which will open its doors from August 29th to September 7th. The official name of the new version is Buick Envision S GS, with the S prefix identifying the standard second-generation model. As such, the Envision S GS will be one of Buick’s unveilings at the auto show.
Notably, this is the first time that the Buick Envision nameplate will receive the GS trim level, making it also the first Buick crossover to adopt the sporty variant that has gradually spread to the brand’s various models. The new version will complement the range below the luxurious top-shelf Avenir, seeking to appeal to younger customers looking for a crossover with bold styling.
Although no images have been revealed yet, the Buick Envision S GS for the Chinese market is expected to include some unique design features compared to the standard variant, such as a specific grille finish, sportier wheels, decorative trim and a GS insignia. However, it’s unclear whether the Envision S GS will replace the crossover’s current Sport Edition trim or coexist with it.
Mechanically, the Buick Envision S GS will keep the turbocharged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder engine that develops 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, along with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission. As with the Avenir trim level, the GS version will come standard with the twin-clutch all-wheel drivetrain and FlexRide technology with four drive modes.
The new GS variant of the 2022 Buick Envision S will be presented next Sunday at the Chengdu Motor Show and will be officially launched before the end of the year in China. While there is information at this point, the sporty new GS could also be marketed in the United States and Canada at a later date.