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Buick unveils electric concept in China

All-electric Envision bears little resemblance to current Buick models

Published: April 18, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: April 22, 2018, 9:11 PM

Buick Enspire concept

Buick has unveiled an electric crossover utility in China which may end up in the Buick global lineup as GM plans for widespread electrification across its model lines early in the new decade.

Buick Enspire concept

Planned for public debut at the Auto China show in Beijing at the end of the month, the Enspire concept features very little resemblance to anything currently in the Buick lineup, with even the signature waterfall grille being replaced by a pseudo-mesh presentation.

Befitting an all-electric vehicle, it is chock full of technological features, including a head-up display that seems to project on the entire windshield, which makes navigation directions an augmented reality feature, overlaying the route and points of interest over the actual road ahead. Also, the instrument panel OLED touchscreen (for organic light-emitting diode) touchscreen is not the traditional square shape.

Buick Enspire concept head-up display

The interior design theme is “surround skyline.” We don’t know what that means, but it’s light and spacious thanks to large windows and thinned out panels, such as the narrow centre console clad in wood and suede.

The exterior has more of a raised sport compact profile than a sport utility look, with smooth panels accentuated by strong feature lines. Aerodynamic cues add a sculpted look to the overall presentation.

Buick Enspire concept

Under the skin, Buick’s eMotion electric powertrain generates 410kW (550 hp) but it is not immediately known how many electric motors it uses. Buick says it will go from zero to 100km/h in about four seconds, while lithium-ion storage enables a reported driving range of 595 km and can reportedly be charged (wirelessly, when available) to 80% in 40 minutes.