It will slot above the three-row Buick Encore GX.
After killing off the Regal for the 2021 model year, Buick is now a crossover-only brand in response to the segment's growing popularity. To capitalize on the booming crossover market, Buick has wasted no time expanding its crossover lineup with the recent launches of the 2021 Envision and the three-row Encore GX.
Now, it appears that the Envision is getting the three-row GX treatment. Ahead of its debut, patent images of the new Envision GX have been shared online by the Hummer Chat forum. Visually, the Envision GX looks almost identical to the regular model.
We can see that updates introduced for the 2021 Buick Envision have carried over to the GX model, including the redesigned headlights and taillights, larger grille, and wider grille. There are, however, some subtle changes such as a central bar connecting the headlights and a tweaked front bumper.
The biggest change will be the addition of a third row of seats, although the patent images don't provide a peek inside the cabin. In terms of proportions, the Envision GX will slot in between the Encore GX and the three-row Enclave. For reference, the Encore GX measures 171.1 inches long, 71.4 inches wide with the mirrors folded, 64.1 inches high, and has a 102.2-inch wheelbase.
The larger Enclave, on the other hand, is 204.3 inches long, 78.8 inches wide, and 69.9 inches high, with a 120.9-inch wheelbase. Expect the 2021 Envision's standard eight-inch and available 10.2-inch touchscreens to carry over.
Under the hood, the Envision GX will share the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that powers its standard sibling. This unit produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. While the patents only show China's version of the Envision GX, its American counterpart should be identical. Since Buick brought the Encore GX to America, the Envision GX should go on sale in the US sometime after its expected world debut at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.