Unlike the concept, the production version of the Buick Enspire won’t be all-electric.
Last year, Buick unveiled the Enspire concept at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, a stylish electric luxury SUV powered by GM's eMotion electric propulsion technology. Thanks to this setup, the concept produced 550 horsepower, could sprint to 62 mph from a standstill in just 4 seconds, and deliver a range of 370 miles. Unlike the concept, however, the production version won't be an all-electric crossover – at least not initially.
While Buick hasn't confirmed what will power the production version, GM Authority claims the compact crossover will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power will be sent to the front wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive will be optional.
This is the same 2.0-liter turbo that powers the Cadillac XT4, which makes sense since both models share the same platform. According to GM Authority, this setup will enable the Buick Enspire to sprint from 0-62 mph in 7.7 seconds, which is nearly twice as slow as the electric concept. No pricing details have been confirmed yet, but the Enspire will be positioned between the Buick Envision and Enclave, so expect the base model to cost between $31,995 and $39,995. While it will have similar dimensions to the Envision, the Enspire will be a more premium model.
While we now know the Enspire will share the Cadillac XT4's powertrain, it isn't clear if there will be an electric version previewed by the Enspire Concept. If it goes into production, expect it to be introduced later in the Enspire's model lifecycle.
The production Buick Enspire is expected to be revealed in 2020 and go on sale in the second half of the year for the 2021 model year in North America and China. We would love it if the concept's gorgeous design carries over to the production version, but don't be surprised if the styling gets toned down.