Buick’s Working On A New Crossover To Slot Between The Envision And Enclave

Buick’s lineup has gotten significantly smaller following the death of the Cascada and LaCrosse. While those models weren’t exactly hits, Buick is preparing introduce a new crossover sometime next year.

Tentatively dubbed the Baby Enclave, the model follows in the footsteps of its larger brother as it features a similar front and rear fascia. However, the new crossover is distinguished by a flatter beltline and a more rakish windscreen.

The model is slightly smaller than the Enclave as it rides on the short-wheelbase version of the C1 / Chi platform that underpins the Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Acadia. This means we can expect it to slot in between the Envision and Enclave. There’s a decent gap between the models as the Envision starts at $31,995 while the Enclave begins at $40,000. This likely means the new crossover will cost around $35,000.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but the Blazer and Acadia offer a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 193 hp (144 kW /196 PS) and a 3.6-liter V6 with up to 310 hp (231 kW / 314 PS). The facelifted Acadia also gained a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 230 hp (172 kW / 233 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.

Given the Buick will be positioned as a premium model, it wouldn’t be too surprising if it was offered with the turbocharged four-cylinder and the more powerful V6.

It remains unclear what the model will be called, but speculation has suggested it could adopt the Enspire moniker that was used on a previous concept. There have also been rumors that it could be called the Envoy. While the latter name is closely associated with GMC, it would fit in nicely with Buick’s En- crossover nomenclature which includes Encore, Enclave and Envision.

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  • Paul

    It looks like their version of the new Cadillac XT6.

    • Rocket

      I thought it was going to be a re-bodied XT5/Blazer, but this does seem to have more rear overhang, so I’m guessing it’s a few inches longer. I’m not sure if it’s as large as the XT6 though. Maybe closer to the Acadia, which would be my preference — especially if it has just two rows of seats.

  • eb110americana

    I know crossovers and SUVs are blazing hot right now, but with all the brands (Ford, MOPAR, everyone really) similarly stacking their decks with nearly redundant models, I expect a serious collapse of the printing-free-money segment once it reaches critical mass and max-uncoolitude.

  • caddy45

    Should replace the ugly Envision. Proportions look nice here.

  • Nordschleife

    I swear i though this was the Encore GX?

    • J. P.

      Encore GX is smaller

  • mailbox5

    This prototype has a small wheel gap for an SUV. Much smaller than the Enclave or Envision. Sort of resembles the Ford Flex being this low to the ground.
    Maybe Buick feels new SUV drivers don’t want to sit up as high, similar to a station wagon.

  • Hot Twink

    Plagued by a prominent nose-heavy front overhang. A dead giveaway it’s transverse front-wheel drive, like its other platform siblings.

    Would be nice if GM would offer a longitudinal rear-wheel drive crossover.

    • matrem

      It’s what they should be doing with Cadillac.

    • performante

      They’re working on it. See GM’s VSS architecture strategy. Specifically the VSS-R platform.

  • Rob

    I thought the Enclave/Acadia/Traverse were all the same like before, basically everything was shared except for some different sheetmetal.

  • Mike anonymous

    I’m seeing a lot of comments here so far, but has No One Noticed, The Front End Seems To Feature The Exact Front End Design From The Buick Enspire Concept.
    This is seeming like it is going to be one of the best Buick models we’ve seen in a long time, considering it seems to borrow it’s design language completely from the Buick Enspire Concept (Which I remember many of you praised when it was revealed) last year.


    In fact, there seems to be a lot about this vehicle that, (when you pay close attention to the details) features design from the 2018 Enspire Concept.


    While I will hold my judgment of the vehicle until it s fully revealed, it does seem that Buick IS listening (to a degree at least) and is certainly taking design with a bit more seriousness, as this upcoming SUV is poised to be a looker, if anything at all. I look forwards to seeing what Buick can do.

  • Joe

    But the new Encore GX is coming to the US, and is not a replacement for the existing one in China, so I don’t know what you mean. In China the existing Encore is being replaced by a new Encore which isn’t coming to the US, and the Encore GX sits above that point in the range (new Encore in China, old Encore in US) so therefore will sit above the existing Encore in the US. Same crossover range structure as the US, so you’re just saying what we’re saying, as if it’s not what we’re saying??
    Encore – Encore GX – Envision – NEW THING HERE – Enclave is this article’s point… so your initial comment was still incorrect.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Is this going to be more Made in China GM junk?

    Regardless, don’t want it.

  • Felipe Politano

    So it seems like Buick is marching towards a full-on SUV lineup… Encore, Encore GX, Envision, this Enspire/Envoy and Enclave. Once this generation of the Regal/Insignia is over, I find it highly unlikely that GM will step in and develop a successor for that nameplate.

  • Blanka Li

    Aaaaaaand nobody cared.

  • Harry_Wild

    Looks more like a station wagon then a hatchback!

  • J. P.

    I live in Puerto Rico, I just stated that the EGX is smaller

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