2016 Detroit Auto Show Live: 2016 Buick Envision [gallery] image

The US-spec Buick Envision has decided it was time to show its body in front of the audience during the North American International Auto Show.

The model serves as a rival to the pack of upscale midsize crossovers (think Audi Q5) and has been treated to a US-spec derivation that looks virtually identical to the Chinese-flavor model. That’s not really surprising considering the model will be imported from there actually, with assembly being taken care of by a factory in Yantai and the news causing quite a stir due to implications for the GM assembly workers in the US. The Envision meanwhile is the brand’s first crossover to use the HiPer Strut front suspension and active Twin Clutch all-wheel drive system – other technical novelties include the active grille shutters and an aluminum hood. The model comes standard with a wide range of elements and features such as tri-zone climate control (with rear-seat controls), heated front & rear seats, heated steering wheel, a Bose sound system or 19-inch wheels.

Optional goodies include among others a panoramic moonroof, cooled front seats as well as xenon high-intensity discharge headlights. Under the hood sits exclusively a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter power plant that can boast 252 horsepower (186 kW) and 260 pound-feet (353 newton meters) of torque – mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox the power is sent to an all-wheel drive system. Safety features include side-curtain and knee airbags, Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, StabiliTrak electronic stability control and Following Distance Indicator, Collision Mitigation Braking and Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control. Inside the cockpit the driver will find a standard eight-inch Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with OnStar, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi hotspot – other amenities include four USB ports, four 12-volt outlets, a 120-volt outlet, and Bluetooth connectivity. Deliveries are expected to start during the latter half of the year, with pricing details closer to first sales.