Buick is expanding the lineup these days and one of the most anticipated models for the near future is the 2021 Buick Enspire. This will be the new compact crossover, which will come based on the same-named concept from a couple of years ago. With this model, Buick wants to finally establish its position in the premium segment and to offer a model that can compete with other small luxury crossovers, such as the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3 etc.
At this point, we already know some of the key design characteristics. First of all, we know that the new luxury crossover will feature the same size as Cadillac XT4 and pretty much the same mechanics. On the other side, the testing model still wears a camouflage, so it’s early for details about the styling. We expect to see the new 2021 Buick Enspire sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2021 Buick Enspire Redesign
The 2021 Buick Enspire is coming as a brand-new model, which will replace the Envision. Therefore, it’s easy to conclude that we are talking about a compact luxury crossover. It will have a lot of things in common with the Cadillac XT4, including the shared platform. Of course, we are talking about the latest version of a familiar E2 architecture. It already underprints a plethora of Buick and GM models.
One of the first things that come to mind is the size. The new crossover will measure around 109.4 inches in wheelbase, which is a little bit longer than the outgoing Envision. However, the Enspire will feature shorter overhangs. So, the overall length will go around 182.3 inches. That is for about an inch and a half shorter compared to the Envision. The new model will also be lower and wider, which will bring an additional dose of sportiness.
When it comes to the exterior design, the test mule has been spotted but still wears a camouflage. Therefore, we can’t talk about styling details. Still, we have no doubt that the new model will take a lot of inspiration from the Concept version, which was presented a couple of years ago. Of course, everything will be slightly toned down, in order to make production costs lower. As we already mentioned, the test mule is already on the road and we expect it will take off the camouflage soon.
Our spy photographers managed to take a couple of shots that show some interior details. That particularly refers to the dashboard, its center stack, to be more precise. We can see that the new dashboard will be highlighted by a large infotainment screen in the middle and, most likely, the majority of controls will be digital. Furthermore, it looks like the digital instrument cluster will be on the list of standard equipment.
When it comes to the interior space, we presume that the amount of legroom will be similar to the Envision, thought a slightly longer wheelbase could provide a couple of additional inches. The cargo area should also feature similar numbers to the Envision.
2021 Buick Enspire Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, things are pretty easy to predict. Given the platform and the fact that most of the mechanics will be the same as in the XT4, we may count on the same powertrain as well. Of course, we are talking about a new version of a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four. It has been tuned down to 237 horsepower. The output has been slightly lowered but the company claims better fuel economy. In this case, we count on similar ratings to the XT4, which returns around 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Of course, the engine comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to either front or all wheels.
2021 Buick Enspire Release Date
According to the latest reports, the new 2021 Buick Enspire should arrive by the end of this year.