Buick had no enough available high-riding models when people in North America got mad for crossovers a few years ago. Because of that, the automaker decided to expand its SUV fleet with several all-new nameplates and the Envision that was imported from China. The Chinese-spec crossover that came three years ago in the U.S. wasn’t a strong seller from the start. With around 40,000 pieces sold in 2017 and less than 30,000 sells last year, it was quite clear that the company has to change something pretty fast. However, instead of the usual next-gen model, the car manufacturer decided to get rid of the unpopular nameplate for good. More precisely, the Envision gets a replacement in the form of the 2021 Buick Enspire.
The name rings the bell, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because the automaker revealed the Enspire Concept last year at the Beijing Auto Show. Based on the first spy shots, the production-ready model will have a lot in common with the concept. At first glance, the 2021 Buick Enspire will keep both the headlights and taillights untouched. Also, the new crossover borrows the concept’s long hood and upright front end, but it doesn’t look as sleek and futuristic as the concept. Instead of side-view cameras, the 2021 Enspire gets traditional side-view mirrors, while around back, the production model trades the concept’s slim pillars for notably thicker units.
All the way down in the rear, the crossover hosts a pair of exhaust tips, which means that this one isn’t using electricity. Instead of the concept’s all-electric powertrain, the 2021 Buick Enspire will make debut with a gasoline unit. Disappointed? Well, don’t be, since the automaker intends to offer the EV at some point. Regarding the internal consumption option, the new D-segment model will most definitely rely on new GM 2.0L Turbo LSY engine. The turbocharged inline four-cylinder option should pump out 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The power will supply either front or all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission.
As for the 2021 Buick Enspire EV, well, we assume that the electric SUV could get pretty much the same drivetrain as the concept. If so, then you can expect a mighty beast with 550 horsepower and ability to cross 370 miles without stopping. According to the carmaker, the powertrain will recover around 80 percent of the battery in 40 minutes thanks to a fast charger.
Based on the testing prototype, Buick’s all-new crossover will hit production lines in a year from now.