While everyone in the world was relaxing on Buick, the automaker has silently been working on some of the most beautiful concept cars around, and its brand new all-electric SUV is a no different game. Dubbed the Buick Enspire, this latest concept would make its official debut at the Auto China 2018 in Beijing later in the current month. However, it is hoped that it soon would make the jump from the theory to the production.
On the exterior part, it seriously is a good looking car. Buick credits the aerodynamics for much of the sinuous shape, but it is clear that the Enspire shares plenty of common DNA with the earlier concept cars like the Avenir of the year 2015 and the Avista of the year 2016. While they were a sedan and a coupe, respectively, a similar design language translates well to an SUV.
Under the hood, Buick envisages an eMotion electric drive system, which could muster 410 kW. That is an impressive 550 horsepower. The automaker suggests that it is enough to go from 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds. In the meantime, as promised by Buick, the battery is sufficient for up to 370 miles on just a single charge. It could be recharged in one of two ways, too. While there is traditional wired charging, the Enspire even has a wireless charging support. With the right charger, it is capable of an 80-percent recharge in less than forty minutes.
In the interior part, Buick is defining the airy cabin as having a “surround skyline” theme, that is aiming at keeping the entire cockpit airy and lighted up. The center console and the armrests make use of natural wood grain collaborated with the microfiber suede. The OLED screens replace the traditional instrumentation, and there is an augmented reality windshield onto which the Enspire could project the navigation directions, the flag hazards, points of interest, and many more. As suggested by Buick, everything of that would be pulled over a 5G connection baked into the SUV.
Of course, as of now, the Enspire is only a concept, and Buick is tight-lipped on any production plans. Still, it is not at all difficult to see as to how such a car would fit into the line-up of the automaker. Buick has been a rising star over the last few years. It made a delivery of more than 1.4 m vehicles globally in the year 2017. In fact, China particularly being an eager market.
Buick indeed, launched seven new models in China last year, along with four models in North America. It also fleshed out its high-end Avenir sub-brand, to now make an inclusion of three models. In the United States specifically, Buick’s SUVs witnessed the sales hike by up to 93 percent.
However, missing from the line-up is an all-electric car that ticks those same boxes. With GM stablemate Chevrolet is apparently planning a Bolt EV-based crossover, a more luxurious, but still affordable electric SUV that with the Buick nameplate would seem like a good application of the existing technology of the group.