GM is diving head first into the rapidly growing EV market, with plans to launch 30 new EVs globally by 2025. In order to facilitate this, each General Motors brand will field its own electric vehicles, with Buick being no exception. In fact, GM Authority has now exclusively learned that GM is activity working on a Buick Envision electric vehicle (EV).
While this new EV is currently in development, our exclusive information comes on the heels of Buick officially announcing during the summer that it plans on bringing its first EV to the North American market in 2024 before having a vehicle lineup comprised entirely of EVs by 2030. As such, the future Buick Envision electric model will most likely be the first Buick EV to launch in North America.
In addition, this new EV will likely be called the Buick Envision Electra, per Buick’s branding strategy, which calls for future Buick EVs to carry the Electra designation following the nameplate.
Sources tell us that this future Buick Envision electric will have a similar shape and size as the current, gasoline model. The EV will feature a more rapidly-sloping roofline as well as the same kink at the rear door as current ICE model. Additionally, it will have dual-tier forward lighting setup, with a set of sharp, thin headlights located at the top of the front facia and the actual headlamps located below.
In fact, the Envision EV’s front fascia will be very similar to that of the Buick Envista, which GM Authority was first to report is being considered for the North American market.
We reached out to GM for confirmation regarding the upcoming Envision EV, and a Buick spokesperson provided the following statement. “Buick is embarking on an exciting transformation based on the promise of an electric future. As part of that, we will have an all-electric portfolio in North America by the end of the decade, with our first EV arriving in showrooms in 2024. Buick’s future EV products will carry the Electra name, drawing inspiration from Buick’s history while appropriately positioning it towards a zero-emissions future.”
The current Envision is selling relatively well, accounting for 18,208 deliveries in the United States during the first nine months of the 2022 calendar year. That represents a not-insignificant 51 percent decrease year-over-year, compared to a 34 percent drop for the segment as a whole.
Sales Numbers - Luxury C-Segment Crossovers - Jan-Sep 2022 - USA
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It’s worth noting, however, that Envision sales are being hamstrung by significant supply constraints as a result of COVID-19-related lockdown measures in China, where the Envision is assembled. As such, GM simply can’t build enough of the current Envision to satisfy demand.