Is Buick About To Unleash A Bunch Of New Crossovers?


Even a trio of crossovers might not be enough for Buick nowadays.

Those of you who are familiar with General Motors' global vehicle portfolio will have undoubtedly noticed Buick and Vauxhall/Opel share quite a few models with each other. The Regal and Encore, for instance, are derived from the Insignia and Mokka respectively, and no prizes are awarded for correctly guessing which Buick the Opel Cascada paved the way for. Given the close relationship between the two, then, it's worth paying attention to a recent Auto Express report on Vauxhall/Opel's upcoming crossover model blitz.

According to the British publication, up to four new SUV models will be introduced to the Vauxhall/Opel range, in a bid for the firm to catch up to a majority of its mainstream rivals who've already introduced a sizeable range of crossovers into their line-ups. Though GM already has a range of SUV platforms at its disposal, these new models will seemingly be spun off different vehicles, with many of them sitting in gaps not covered by the Encore, the Envision or the Enclave. For instance, a crossover based on the Chevrolet Cruze-sized Opel Astra is in the cards, as is a sub-Encore model to fend off smaller crossover competition along the lines of the Nissan Juke.

Furthermore, an SUV that's touted as being considerably larger than the Insignia (and thus potentially even bigger than the Enclave) is said to be planned to sit at the top of the Vauxhall/Opel pecking order. In fact, the only SUV included in these claimed plans that we likely won't ever see in the States is the proposed 'Adam X' (unsurprisingly based on the Opel Adam supermini), which would be far too small to appeal to US demands. Of course, there is the likelihood that not all of these new SUVs will be brought over as rebadged Buicks (the Juke-sized vehicle would probably work better as a Chevrolet), but it's still safe to expect Buick's SUV range to expand at some point in the coming years.


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