2021 Buick Enspire Is Coming With Gasoline Powertrain

Not so long ago, we saw a concept called Enspire that had a premiere in China. It was Buick’s presentation of the future electric crossover and now it looks almost ready for production. The testing model has been the road and for a while despite the heavy camouflage, we already know many details about it. The latest reports suggest it will hit the market by the end of the year, though there is a chance to see a delay. In any case, the 2021 Buick Enspire is about to bring a lot of changes compared to the concept version.

The first thing that comes to mind is the powertrain, as the production version of this crossover won’t be electric. Instead, the 2021 Buick Enspire will come with a gasoline engine, though we won’t exclude the possibility to see electrification in the future. Also, expect to see a little bit toned down styling compared to the amazing concept car.

Buick Enspire Concept

2021 Buick Enspire Powertrain

If you’re familiar with the Enspire concept, you know it had a premiere as an all-electric crossover. The concept version features a setup that offers the total output of 550 horsepower and 0-60 time in just four seconds. Moreover, the claimed range was around 370 miles.

All these numbers sound great but unfortunately, we won’t see them in the production model, at least not for the initial launch. Instead, the 2021 Buick Enspire will come with a gasoline engine, the same one that powers Cadillac XT4. Moreover, many parts will be the same as in the compact luxury crossover. The engine is a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four unit, which puts out around 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That should be enough to ensure 0-60 time in about 7.7 seconds, which makes it significantly slower than the electric concept. The engine will come paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which will send power to either front or all wheels, depending on the version you choose.

Buick Enspire Concept Rear

2021 Buick Enspire Design

In terms of base design characteristics, the new 2021 Buick Enspire will have most things in common with the Cadillac XT4. The two models will ride on the same platform and share pretty much the same mechanics. Moreover, dimensions should be pretty similar as well. That leads us to the conclusion that the new Enspire is coming as a direct replacement for the Envision, which doesn’t sales pretty well currently.

In terms of the styling, it’s hard to talk about details at the moment.  The testing model has been around for a while but it still wears a heavy camouflage. The only thing we can see is that the new model will feature a sleek body, but we can’t say if those amazing styling solutions from the concept are about to remain or not. Still, we are pretty sure that the styling will be notably toned down and designed to be more production-friendly.

2021 Buick Enspire render

Interior

When it comes to interior design, we know for sure that the dashboard won’t look as futuristic as in the concept model. Moreover, we count on quite conventional design solutions, similar to what we can see in the rest of the brand’s lineup. Still, the latest reports suggest that the 2021 Buick Enspire will be notably more upscale than the Envision, so you may count on finer materials, nicer final touches and similar things. Of course, we count on loads of latest tech goodies, while some sources suggest we might see GM Super Cruise autonomous driving system in the offer as well.

In terms of interior room, we expect that the 2021 Buick Enspire will be similar to the XT4, both in terms of passenger space and cargo area. The exact numbers are yet to come.

2021 Buick Enspire Release Date and Price

The latest reports suggest that the 2021 Buick Enspire will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. However, we could easily see a delay for the next year. In any case, base models are about to go around 35.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, this crossover will take on lower-grade premium compact crossovers, such as Infiniti QX50, Lexus NX, Acura RDX and similar models.

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