The 2023 calendar year is set to be a relatively busy year for Buick, with a few notable events for the North American market. Buick is also set to release new vehicles for the Chinese market as well, with the potential to bring these models to American shores. With that in mind, here’s the lowdown on what to expect from Buick in North America, and what will be chronologically introduced in the 2023 calendar year.
First up is the 2023 Buick Electra E5. Pre-production began in December 2022 at the SAIC-GM Wuhan Ultium plant in China, otherwise known as the Wuhan Ultium Center. As Buick’s first all-electric vehicle based on the GM BEV3 platform with Ultium battery and Ultium Drive motor tech, the Electra E5 will remain exclusive to the Chinese market for now, but we’re mentioning it here because GM is planning to introduce the electric crossover in North America sometime in 2024.
The 2024 Buick Envista is set to make its North American debut sometime in the first half of the 2023 calendar year, likely in the spring. This all-new entry-level crossover will bring the Tri-Shield brand’s lineup back up to four models, as the Buick Encore was retired at the end of the 2022 model year.
The 2024 Buick Encore GX introduces a mid-cycle refresh for the B-segment crossover, featuring a revised front fascia similar to that of the Buick Envista, a revised interior, and a range-topping Avenir trim level. Production is set to commence in March 2023 at the GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea for North American models, while Chinese-market vehicles will be built at the SAIC-GM Dongyue South plant in China. 2024 models should reach dealership lots by Summer 2023.
Just like its Encore GX brethren, the 2024 Buick Envision is set to introduce a mid-cycle refresh for the C-segment crossover. As of the time of this writing, it’s unclear exactly when the 2024 Envision will debut, but we expect it to launch after the all-new Envista and refreshed Encore GX.
In a similar case to its Electra E5 cousin, the Buick Electra E4 will debut exclusively for the Chinese market, and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. An exact release date has yet to be confirmed by GM, but Buick’s second Ultium-based crossover will officially launch after the Electra E5.
2024 Calendar Year
It’s worth noting that the 2024 calendar year brings more exciting news for the Tri-Shield brand, including the next-gen 2025 Buick Enclave, as well as the 2025 Buick Electra E5. As previously mentioned, the Electra E5 will serve as Buick’s first EV available in the North American market.