The GM Design team has shared a sketch for a mysterious, unnamed Buick crossover model on its official Instagram page.
This sketch was completed by GM Creative Exterior Designer Hakan Demir, who has been with the automaker in its exterior design department since 2013. It shows what appears to be a compact or subcompact crossover model with contemporary Buick design cues including swoopy LED headlamps, vertically oriented front intake vents and a long L-shaped chrome trim element mounted just above the running boards.
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This sketch reminds us of a more dramatically styled take on the current Buick Envision, but it also shares some characteristics with the Buick Encore GX and Buick Enclave, as well. We should note that this would be a very early iteration of any future Buick products, though, as the GM Design team probably wouldn’t share any of GM’s real secrets on their Instagram page in such an unceremonious fashion.
This sketch may also preview one of Buick’s two upcoming battery-electric crossover models – one of which may tap the automaker’s historical Electra nameplate. We have our doubts about this, though, as this design incorporates a rather large lower air dam and what looks to be a traditional grille opening. While some EVs feature front-mounted intakes, most have more aerodynamic front fascias that utilize fewer and/or smaller cooling vents than this. There’s also no way of knowing when this sketch was completed exactly, so it could be fairly recent, or it could be from years ago.
GM released a teaser image of a future Buick EV model back in February, which showed the unnamed vehicle’s LED headlamp design. This teaser is believed to be for a future Buick concept model that will preview one of its future EVs.
Additionally, GM Authority recently dug up a trademark filing for a redesigned version of the Buick tri-shield logo that appears somewhat more youthful and modern. A leaked image later appeared on social media showing this new Buick logo installed on the steering wheel of a Buick prototype vehicle of some sort. We imagine all future Buick vehicles will utilize this version of the Buick logo (above), rather than the traditional one seen below.
Let us know what you think of this modern Buick design sketch in the comments, GM fans.