2014 Buick Anthem: Spy Shots
  • 2014 Buick Anthem: Spy Shots
  • 2014 Buick Anthem: Spy Shots
Let's get the most pressing bits of this story out of the way right off the bat: What we see here appears to be a new compact crossover from Buick. According to the spy photographer, this machine may be a little bit smaller on the outside than the current Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain 'utes, which makes sense since recent rumors suggest GM's small crossovers will migrate to a new platform that will mark a convergence between the automaker's Delta (Chevy Cruze, Buick Verano) and Theta (Equinox, Terrain) platforms. This Buick would likely use this new D2UX platform.

We've been expecting Buick to unleash a crossover to slot between the very small Encore and the very large Enclave, and various rumors have indicated that the model may be known as either the Anthem or Envision. It's worth mentioning that Buick had planned, back in 2009, to release a vehicle in the compact CUV market, but abandoned those plans after a particularly poor reception.

And now for something completely different... Take another look at the spy shots above, and pay special attention to the cylindrical device mounted to the vehicle's roof. We can't say for sure what it is, but our spy photographer opines that it looks quite a bit like the 360-degree Lidar camera equipment used by Google for its autonomous cars. Is General Motors working with Google on autonomous car technology? We don't know, but you can definitely consider us intrigued.


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      Dana
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone else notice the driver flipping the bird?
      Mike Choi
      • 1 Year Ago
      i love the middle finger that the driver is giving :-)
      raughle1
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this car could drive itself, wouldn't that guy be flipping us off with both hands?
      churchmotor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah yes, a GM employee displaying their typical lack of class.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @churchmotor
        You kind of stink at the whole troll thing. Maybe you should go back to troll school?
      • 1 Year Ago
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      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      He's flipping off Obama! so, it's all good :-)
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      Brand engineering is alive and well in the new GM.
        Eric M
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Buicks are sold all over the world.....it might be a Chinese version and never sold here. GM is a global company.
        saske_202
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Dafuq? They clearly said this car was based on a brand new platform... You cannot be such an idiot to seriously think that. Get out of here Troll
      traction_control
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are the engineers giving the middle-finger out of anger? Or are they really trying to ruin the photos in hopes that they won’t get published? If in the case of the latter, someone should tell them it isn’t working. Autoblog could at least blur out the obscenity from younger site viewers. Cars interest people of all ages – even children.
      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      All of a sudden it's okay for these drivers to be flipping off the photographers? It's not like they should be surprised to be getting photographed. It's a bad image and, IMHO, should invoke some reaction from the company being represented. What a loser.
        turbomonkey2k
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luke
        Bad image for whom? The car is so heavily camouflaged that it's not even remotely obvious who would be getting this bad image you whine about.
        dan1malk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luke
        You are too easily offended.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think this autonomous tech is real. Otherwise, that driver would be flipping off with both hands.
      MotionDesigner
      • 1 Year Ago
      The driver is giving the middle finger to the photographer... very professional.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of all the GM divisions, it does make sense for Buick to be leading in the autonomous driving segment. Chevy is the average Joe division. Cadillac is well on its way to fighting BMW in the luxury/performance segment for people that have money and like to drive. That gives Buick the middle where enthusiasts would typically not be headed, but in this near-luxury segment, buyers still want nice designs and high technology.
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