Buick currently offers two crossovers: the compact Encore and the extra-large Enclave, leaving plenty of room to slot a mid-size crossover in between. And that's just what Buick is planning on doing. In China, anyway.

Previewed in the teaser above, Buick's upcoming new crossover is cloaked and nestled in between its aforementioned stablemates-to-be. Set to be unveiled in China sometime later this year, the model has been confirmed to wear the name Envision – at least in that market. That's the name which the concept version wore three years ago, but we're still waiting on word over whether that name will carry over to the US version or whether we should expect something different like Anthem. But we have to admit that Envision fits better in the brand's crossover naming scheme.

Shanghai GM isn't saying much about the Envision in the press release below, aside from it having "dynamic and assertive styling" backed by all-wheel drive and stop/start ignition. The last time Buick offered a mid-size crossover in North America was with the Pontiac Aztek-based Rendezvous that was discontinued seven years ago.
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All-New Buick Envision to Make Premiere in China
New model will set benchmark for high-end midsize SUVs

2014-07-01

SHANGHAI – Shanghai GM today announced that its all-new high-end midsize SUV, the Buick Envision, will make its premiere in China later this year.

Inspired by the Buick Envision concept vehicle, the newest member of the Buick SUV family has dynamic and assertive styling. It fuses iconic Buick design cues with the brand's new high-end, refined global design concepts.

The Envision adopts a new-generation powertrain along with GM's new all-wheel-drive technology. The fuel-saving start/stop technology will come standard across the line. The model is destined to set a new benchmark in China's high-end midsize SUV segment for space, safety, performance and specifications.

The new model will complement the Encore and new Enclave in Buick's China SUV portfolio, providing a range of choices for SUV buyers.

General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 10 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2013, GM sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles in China. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.


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      express2day
      • 5 Months Ago
      I personally rather see a new top line sedan (Electra, Park Avenue) or coupe (Riviera) but the market still loves their crossovers and SUVs!!
      audisp0rta4
      • 5 Months Ago
      Thank you Buick for continuing to use actual names for your vehicles. That detail alone adds class to the Buick lineup. Now how about a model we can actually get excited about?!
      cruzer
      • 5 Months Ago
      I've been waiting to hear something about this car for a while now. I'm glad Buick is putting a vehicle between the Encore and Enclave. I think they should call this new vehicle the Envison. Now...how much longer do we have to wait for that muscle car from you Buick? I know you have it coming. Whatever you call it, the Rivera, Grand National etc. we are ready for it!
      BryanGx
      • 5 Months Ago
      The day is coming when someone will say the generic word "car" and more people will envision crossover-type vehicles than traditional saloons or sedans.
      IBx27
      • 5 Months Ago
      Great, a Buick EquinoxTerrainSRX that looks as generic as anything else.
      thumerzs
      • 5 Months Ago
      GM needs a Forester fighter. Something with BIG windows for great visibility all around, coupled with very good MPG's for the segment.
        Bernard
        • 5 Months Ago
        @thumerzs
        Yes, because if anything is selling like hot potatoes right now it's the Subaru Forester...
          scooter
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Bernard
          Uh, they do sell extremely well. Subaru is breaking record after record.
      Larry Yerkes
      • 5 Months Ago
      look like a van!
      LW
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why such a complicated name? How will the chinese pronounce that? Every extra syllable used for the car's name is one less syllable the owner can use when cursing the proles that the owner's chauffeur just ran over.
      Avinash Machado
      • 5 Months Ago
      Theta platform based?
      bootsnchaps60
      • 5 Months Ago
      How about Envicta ? And how about not triplicating it through GMC and Chevy. But then again I see the GMC letters in ads for Buicks-they "combined" for New Gm (?)-so that Division is covered maybe.
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