With the imminent discontinuation of the Buick Encore in America, questions have been abound over what will replace the subcompact crossover. Although it was previously believed that the Buick Envision Plus, currently sold in China, would be brought to North America as the Envision Plus, GM Authority has learned that this will not be the case.
Sold exclusively in China, the Envision Plus is essentially a three-row variant of the second-generation Envision, known in North America simply as the Envision and in China as the Envision S.
It’s worth noting that besides North America, the only other market that Buick currently competes in is China, meaning the Envision Plus will stay a Chinese exclusive.
The Envista is currently sold in China as an entry level crossover model and is offered in four trim levels:
- 2023 Envista Enjoy: 152,900 yuan (about $21,450 USD at current exchange rates)
- 2023 Envista Smart: 159,900 yuan ($22,450 USD)
- 2023 Envista GS: 169,900 yuan ($23,850 USD)
- 2023 Envista GS+: 178,900 yuan ($25,100 USD)
In fact, the Envista slots below the Encore GX in Buick’s Chinese portfolio. The only model that the Envista slots above in that market is the “regular” Buick Encore, another model exclusive to China.
When the Envista launches in North America, it will be offered in a handful of trim levels, including a range-topping Envista Avenir.
In China, the Envista is powered by a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine rated at 181 horsepower mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). When it makes its way to North America, the Envista will likely be powered by GM’s turbo 1.2L LIH three-cylinder engine mated to a traditional torque-converter automatic transmission.
No matter the market, the coupe-like Envista is underpinned by a variant of the VSS-F platform (vehicle set), which it shares with its corporate cousin, the all-new 2024 Chevy Trax, itself sold in China as the Chevy Seeker.
We recently ran a poll to see whether GM Authority readers would prefer to see Buick offer the Envista or the Envision Plus in North America. The results are in: after receiving nearly 1,000 votes, it was a close one – with 52 percent voting for the Envision Plus, while 48 percent would rather the Envista.