The Buick Envista is the Tri-Shield brand’s upcoming, all-new compact crossover set to launch for the Chinese market, and now, GM Authority spy photographers have caught the new Envista testing in prototype form, giving us an early look at Buick’s latest design language efforts.
Captured around the perimeter of the GM Proving Grounds in Michigan, this Buick Envista prototype is covered in black-and-white camo designed to obscure the underlying styling lines. Nevertheless, the pictures still provide a good idea what the vehicle will look like in the buff. The styling seen here matches up with a series of leaked images that GM Authority reported on early last month, including the new front end, large grille section with horizontal dividers, sculpted nose, and the latest Buick logo treatment. Other notable styling elements include a coupe-like roofline and two-tone wheels.
Although the Buick Envista will most likely not be sold in North America, the styling it brings to the table will be echoed elsewhere in Buick’s lineup, including for those models sold a bit closer to home. For readers who may have missed it, GM highlighted Buick’s new design language with the debut of the Wildcat EV Concept, with both ICE-powered vehicles and all-electric vehicles set to adopt similar styling.
Under the skin, the Buick Envista is related to the Chevy Seeker, at least mechanically speaking. Set to debut on July 28th, the Chevy Seeker compact crossover is an all-new nameplate for the global market, and will slide into the space between the Chevy Trailblazer and Chevy Equinox with regard to positioning. Meanwhile, the new Buick Envista will slot in between the Buick Encore GX and Buick Envision S.
Greasy details include GM’s new turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine rated at 177 horsepower, while the GM VSS-F platform provides the bones. As GM Authority exclusively covered previously, Buick filed to trademark the Buick Envista name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2019.