Shanghai GM’s first SUV, the Buick Envision will be coming to market next year, according to a report from the Beijing Times newspaper.
GM currently runs the Buick,Chevrolet, Wuling and Cadillac brands in China but none of these brands have a locally made SUV as of yet.
However Shanghai GM’s decision to produce the Envision concept in just one year is very bold. Presented for the first time at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, Envision Concept represents a convergence of future ideas and technology for Buick in the market.
“Envision merges Buick’s global design language with Chinese aesthetics and was designed specifically for the China market.” a gm representative said.
The plug-in hybrid system the vehicle uses combines battery power and a gasoline engine just like any other hybrid platform. On the inside there’s a futuristic dashboard, flat-bottomed steering wheel, an oversized central instrument tunnel and a flat floor which frees up passenger space.
The Envision’s chassis uses carbon fiber, magnesium and aluminum to reduce weight. The suspension includes a magnetic ride-control system.
The Envision is predicted to be priced between 200,000 and 300,000 yuan ($31,357-$47,035) and expected to compete with the Honda CR-V.
Buick has the American made Enclave, Chevrolet has the Korean made Captiva, Cadillac has the Mexican made SRX and Wuling makes do with nothing.