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Buick is reportedly working on a crossover coupe to add to its lineup in the US.  This vehicle would be in addition to, rather than replace, any vehicles in the current lineup. 

Most of Buick's recent lineup has been a rebadge of some other brand's designs, this new vehicle would be a departure from that with Buick leading the design process from the start. CarDesignNews was shown some sketches and models of future Buicks and what they saw would "turn everything you think about Buick on its ear".  It is a bold design that will shock people both inside and outside the industry.  The designs would feel familiar without using specific cues. 

Buick also took the time to insist that Buick would not become a China-only brand even though 4 out of every 5 Buicks are sold there. The bulk of the design work takes place in Warren, Michigan, while smaller design teams work in Shanghai, Melbourne, and near Seoul. 

As far as the name, Buick has trademarked Enspire for the U.S., so that has a strong possibility of coming to fruition. No timeline is set for the release of the new crossover, but the overhaul of the Buick look is well underway.

 


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Sales tend to drive a lot of other things.

I know that Buick insists that they are NOT a China-only brand.  Then again, Mercedes and BMW design and (mostly) build in Germany, even though the majority of their sales are outside Europe.

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Haha, of course they are.  Because nothing says “expressive design” like a crossover coupe.  These things will be more common than a family sedan in about 3 years, then people won’t want them because they are too common and they’ll want a sedan to be different.

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5 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

Haha, of course they are.  Because nothing says “expressive design” like a crossover coupe.  These things will be more common than a family sedan in about 3 years, then people won’t want them because they are too common and they’ll want a sedan to be different.

Well, then they can just lower the rear body and add a decklid,  make a crossover sedan, responding to market forces.

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14 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Well, then they can just lower the rear body and add a decklid,  make a crossover sedan, responding to market forces.

High riding sedans will probably become a thing.  

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Just now, smk4565 said:

High riding sedans will probably become a thing.  

Subaru and Volvo already tried that. 

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1 minute ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Subaru and Volvo already tried that. 

But they aren’t cool.  Once Mercedes and Audi do it, the band wagon will start.

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Just now, smk4565 said:

But they aren’t cool.  Once Mercedes and Audi do it, the band wagon will start.

and claim to have invented it. 

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4 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Subaru and Volvo already tried that. 

Yes, but those look like raised cars, like the original Eagle sedan.    The future needs crossover sedans that have tall CUV bodies w/ trunks.   Picture a X6 or GLE 'coupe' with a more squared rear and decklid. 

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1 minute ago, Robert Hall said:

Yes, but those look like raised cars, like the original Eagle sedan.    The future needs crossover sedans that have tall CUV bodies w/ trunks.   Picture a X6 or GLE 'coupe' with a more squared rear and decklid. 

So... an Avalanche.

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1 minute ago, Drew Dowdell said:

So... an Avalanche.

But with an actual integrated decklid..

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4 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

But with an actual integrated decklid..

I thought GMC tried that with the Envoy XL or some weird extra long with a rolling roof thingy.

Would be great if GM would come up with a new term to replace the gad awful crossover coupe name.

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What is missing is a crossover coupe with a pickup bed behind it, like a Honda Ridgeline but with a 4-coupe front half.  Even better if they make it mid-engined, which Honda could easily do a mid-engine Ridgeline with the engine in the bed area.

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1 minute ago, dfelt said:

I thought GMC tried that with the Envoy XL or some weird extra long with a rolling roof thingy.

That was still an SUV.  They're talking about something shaped like an Avalanche but with a sedan like trunk for the bed. 

There was the Lincoln Blackwood with a carpet lined bed. 

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2 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

What is missing is a crossover coupe with a pickup bed behind it, like a Honda Ridgeline but with a 4-coupe front half.  Even better if they make it mid-engined, which Honda could easily do a mid-engine Ridgeline with the engine in the bed area.

Well, for mid-engined, they could do an NSX crossover coupe w/ a pickup bed..that would be rad... likewise, maybe Chevy can do a pickup version of the C8... 

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8 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

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Meh..just a truck w/ lift up bed topper...I'm talking integrated lines, a normal car-like decklid. 

Just now, Drew Dowdell said:

lol, well we got off topic really quick.

Yes...fun to let the mind wander on topics like this..

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4 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Well, for mid-engined, they could do an NSX crossover coupe w/ a pickup bed..that would be rad... likewise, maybe Chevy can do a pickup version of the C8... 

So somthing like this?

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Just now, Drew Dowdell said:

What's everyone think of the Enspire that is the article pic?

2018-Buick-Enspire-All-Electric-Concept-01-610x368.jpg

I love it especially if they do deliver on AWD Electric which would sell the wife.

I wonder if this would have sold better if it was 4 doors? 🤔

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This isn't really my "thing" but I do like it a lot.  Offer a hybrid or EV to start and I could see it selling a lot.

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56 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

What's everyone think of the Enspire that is the article pic?

2018-Buick-Enspire-All-Electric-Concept-01-610x368.jpg

Even though I am also not a fan of the term “crossover coupe”, I technically fits and carries over from the sedan coupe trend that Benz started (for the most part) with the CLS. Now, regarding the Buick, it actually looks pretty sharp but until I see a production model (given GMs history of neutering nice designs like this), I will reserve judgment. Definitely some Blazer/Camaro cues on the front end, with a more polished look to it. Just my opinion. 

1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

Haha, of course they are.  Because nothing says “expressive design” like a crossover coupe.  These things will be more common than a family sedan in about 3 years, then people won’t want them because they are too common and they’ll want a sedan to be different.

Much like the crossover coupe GLA?

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The concept itself is very nice.  Call me when GM fully federalizes it and puts it on a dealer lot, then we can talk.

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Crossover Coupe.. The absolute WORST segment ever created. I hate these so much. I'm a pretty big Mercedes fan but I will never vouch for a GLC Coupe or GLE Coupe. 

Did somebody say Envoy XUV? 

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