The new Buick Envision Plus will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show this month.
Buick has been forced to adapt to the changing times and become a crossover-only brand. This month, Buick's crossover onslaught will continue with the debut of a new three-row version of the Envision. Slotting between the Encore GX and Enclave, the three-row Envision will debut at the Shanghai Auto Show on April 18. Ahead of its debut, Buick has released the first teaser image of the three-row Envision. Originally, it was expected to be called the Envision GX, but Buick has confirmed the extended SUV will be branded as the Envision Plus.
Buick says the Envision Plus will boast a "segment-leading size" with an extended 111.5-inch wheelbase providing a "spacious and premium cabin experience". For comparison, the regular Envision has a 108.3-inch-long wheelbase.
The shadowy teaser image highlights the SUV's longer wheelbase, but leaked patent images give us an idea of what to expect from the design. The Envision Plus will incorporate styling cues from Buick's latest design language applied to the 2021 Envision facelift, including slimmer headlights, a larger grille, and wider proportions that give the SUV more presence.
According to Buick, the Envision Plus will feature "GM's most advanced electric architecture," a new powertrain, the latest Buick eConnect infotainment system, and "industry-leading intelligent driving technologies." In addition to the new powertrain, we're expecting the Envision Plus to be offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque in the standard Envision.
"The Envision Plus is another strategic product from Buick in a very popular and growing segment," said Molly Peck, executive director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM. "It will join the Envision and Envision S to further strengthen Buick's presence in premium SUVs through its impressive styling, segment-leading functionality and enhanced connectivity that will meet local consumers' diverse needs."
Buick will be showcasing the Envision Plus for the Chinese market at Shanghai, but the three-row SUV is expected to be a global model. Expect it to go on sale in China initially before arriving in America at a later date. More details will be revealed on April 18 when the Buick Envision Plus debuts at the Shanghai Auto Show.