Some wonder why General Motors keeps Buick, as it seems that it is not the most popular brand on American roads. What this view fails to take into account, however, is that Buick is one of GM’s strongest brands in China, and earlier this month the company’s president confirmed that a new crossover would arrive for the country.
Engine1 reported that company president Mark Reuss confirmed the Buick Envista at GM’s Investor Day earlier this month, saying it would also be coming to the United States. The crossover is already in production in China and borrows heavily from the Buick Wildcat concept we saw earlier this year. Reuss noted that he’s “preparing for the United States,” so a national introduction should be coming soon.
The Chinese market Envista gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine paired with a CVT and front-wheel drive. It’s unclear what kind of powertrain we might see here, but a hybrid or plug-in hybrid variant is unlikely, given GM’s trajectory toward electrification via full-battery electric vehicles.
The Envista will slot into the Buick lineup above the Encore GX and offer a large touchscreen inside. It features a slightly longer wheelbase than the GX, so interior space will be more generous for second-row passengers. Further details are non-existent, but it looks like we won’t have long to wait to find out more.
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