GM Unveils Envista SUV for China and Teases U.S Introduction

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague
gm unveils envista suv for china and teases u s introduction

Some have questioned why General Motors keeps Buick around since it seems like it’s not the most popular brand on America’s roads. What that view fails to consider, however, is that Buick is one of GM’s strongest brands in China, and earlier this month, the company’s president confirmed a new crossover would be coming for the country.

Motor1 reported that company president Mark Reuss confirmed the Buick Envista at GM Investor Day earlier this month, saying it would also be coming to the United States. The crossover is already in production in China and borrows heavily from the Buick Wildcat concept we saw earlier this year. Reuss noted that it's "getting ready for the U.S.," so a domestic introduction is likely coming soon.

The Chinese market Envista gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine paired with a CVT and front-wheel drive. There’s no word on what kind of powertrain we could see here, but a hybrid or plug-in hybrid variant is unlikely, given GM’s trajectory into electrification via full-battery electric vehicles. 

The Envista will slot into the Buick lineup above the Encore GX and offer a large touchscreen inside. It features a slightly longer wheelbase than the GX, so interior space will be more generous for passengers in the second row. Other details are nonexistent, but it appears we won’t have long to wait for more.  

[Image: Buick]

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  • Varezhka They cheapened out on the hardware side too, so we'll see how much they can improve with the software updates. I know they're using faster processors with some of their newer vehicles, but not sure how much faster.
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