This isn’t the first time the name Buick Envista has appeared on these pages. The sharp-looking new crossover was officially unveiled in China and we finally have more details about it. For now, the new model will be confined to the Chinese market, but it’s at least fair to wonder if some of the new crossover’s features will cross borders for future North American models. And we shouldn’t be surprised to see the Envista join the North American lineup any time soon, as Buick already has a few SUVs in its lineup.
Inspired by the Electra-X concept unveiled earlier this year, the production Envista breaks out of Buick‘s more “traditional” mold with its lower grille, split headlights, and a new badge. As for the rest of the SUV coupe’s design, let’s just say it’s not too surprising, with familiar features, especially the floating roof in the back. To give a good idea of the size of the SUV, the dimensions are similar to those of the Buick Envision.
Under the hood, however, the Envista doesn’t get the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine bolted on board the Envision. Instead, the Chinese model relies on a 181-horsepower 1.5-liter unit, which is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Inside, the designers of the coupe SUV didn’t try to reinvent the wheel, the dashboard is reminiscent of the brand’s latest vehicles with a digital screen behind the steering wheel and a second one, this one touch-sensitive, in the center of the dashboard, and the ventilation nozzles housed between the central screen and the center console where a traditional gearshift lever takes place. The steering wheel is also that of a sports car with its flattened base.
Is the division thinking of enhancing its offering with a less practical utility vehicle for the North American continent? That remains to be seen.