It’s not too often that we have the opportunity to be in the right place at the right time to catch an upcoming model in the wild. But luckily, we managed to get a few images of the upcoming Buick Enspire CUV soaking up some early morning sunshine.
Spied in Metro Detroit, this particular example appears to be the first time that we get to see more of the production front grille (prior examples have had contrasting black grille camo), and it appears that design and substance will be center stage for this upcoming Buick.
The bits of the exposed front fascia here do revealed a textured style front grille, with a prominent chrome bar running across the upper part of the piece. A circular emblem in the center is most likely a veiled Buick tri-shield logo which would be a very prominent giveaway.
The Enspire we spotted was covered in wild swirl style camouflage, but a prominent belt line does peek out from the wild wrap, with a noticeable kick upward towards the rear of the CUV. This area also had some faux panels on to fool prying eyes, but we suspect that there is indeed more tasteful design elements hidden underneath.
Our attempts to photograph the interior were thwarted by a watchful engineer, but like the Enspire concept that preceded it, look for it to embrace more youthful cues including a massive infotainment system, as well as increased capability with mobile technology.
Expect interior quality to also be a step up from the current generation Buick Envison, with the Enspire being slated to go between it and the Enclave in the model hierarchy here in the U.S.
While the original Enspire concept was powered by an all-electric powertrain, look for the production Enspire to embrace an all gasoline engine lineup when it makes its way to dealerships. Higher trim Enspire models will most likely be powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the vehicle we spied did not have the chrome exhaust tips that usually denote higher trims, and we suspect that it was powered by the base four-cylinder, which has eluded detection.
Electrification is still possible for the Enspire, but if that does happen, it could appear later in its production run.
It’s unknown when the 2021 Buick Enspire will make its formal debut, but it could happen as early as the end of this year, or sometime in 2021.