China's Sexy Buick Envista Crossover Is Coming To America

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The model is based on the same platform as the upcoming Chevrolet Trax

Buick has confirmed a new addition to its American vehicle line-up, as it will be launching the Buick Envista stateside. The Envista was previously thought to be a China-exclusive model for the brand but will now bolster the US offering as Buick looks to strengthen its brand image.

Earlier in 2022, Buick announced a new brand identity and revealed several concept vehicles including the stunning Wildcat, showcasing the brand's future design direction and focus on electrification. But while redesigns of models like the Enclave and Envision have complemented the Buick Encore GX, more new product is needed.

Built on the VSS-F platform that underpins the Encore GX, the Envista is larger in size. It remains to be seen whether the Envista will replace the Encore GX or slot in above it in the current lineup.

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Buick

At the recent GM Investor Day, Buick president, Mark Reuss, broke the news. "It's already in production in China, paying forward the Buick design off the Wildcat," said Reuss. "A beautiful vehicle, getting ready for the US here as well, just a beautiful addition to the Buick lineup."

Buick has been enjoying some good years in China, prompting the brand to focus more on its efforts there than in the US. This focus has brought about China-only models like the attractive Chevrolet Seeker and Buick Envista.

US-wise, the new Chevrolet Trax was recently announced on the same platform as those two. This news gave us a feeling we would see a new model for Buick, too, as the Trax and the regular Encore were corporate siblings.

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Buick

No further details were shared, like when we would see the model hit US shores or how much it would cost, but that will most likely come with the official Buick reveal.

The Envista currently on sale in China only has one engine option: a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 181 horsepower paired with a CVT and front-wheel drive. It sends power exclusively to the front wheels and is good for a 0-60 sprint of 7.9 seconds.

It also has a base price equivalent to $21,000 and a whole host of features along with a sporty GS trim but seemingly no Avenir one.

Looking at the upcoming Chevrolet Trax, we can better understand what to expect from the Buick. The Trax is also going to start around $21,000, with a whole host of features like automatic climate control, push-button start, wireless phone charging, and adaptive cruise control.

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Buick

Should the Buick emulate the Trax mechanically, a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine will feature 137 hp. Whether the Buick will have any other powertrain options owing to its luxury status is unknown.

Overall, it's slightly bigger than the current Encore GX, leading to a more spacious cabin and slightly bigger dimensions. Now since nothing's been confirmed, there's a chance that Buick intends to just slot this above the current GX. For one, the fact that it's only FWD is a downgrade from the AWD option on the GX. Then there's also the fact that GM recently debuted a facelifted GX in China, so the model doesn't seem completely done just yet. We'll have to wait and see exactly what Buick's thinking.

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