The mid-size Buick Envision SUV has finally been unveiled at a gala event held in conjunction with the Chengdu Motor Show.
Full details and pricing have yet to be confirmed, but Buick has confirmed that the Envision will be available with a 2-litre 4-cylinder direct injection turbocharged engine with 191kW (256hp) and 353Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque. This drivetrain is said to be able to complete the 0 to 100km/h dash in 8.4 seconds.
Other engine options have yet to be announced, but the company claims that the best fuel economy figures are 8.8L/100km and automatic engine start/stop is standard throughout the range.
A 6-speed automatic transmission will be available, as will a new “intelligent” all-wheel drive system that can completely shift power to the rear wheels, if required. Multi-plate clutches on the rear axle also allow torque to be distributed between the rear wheels.
Tech available on the Envision includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keeping assistance, rear cross traffic alert, automatic headlights, collision mitigation braking, hill start assistance, hill descent control and automated parking.
The new SUV is a China-only proposition for now, but given the large gap between the small Encore and very large Enclave, it would sense for the Envision to eventually be sold in the USA. It could also, with a few Vauxhall/Opel badges, and a diesel engine slot neatly into GM’s European lineup.
Luggage space: 1,550L (seats down)