After the China-only crossover was shown in leaked images numerous times and even General Motors released almost every imaginable detail about it, the model officially made its public debut during China’s Chengdu Motor Show.
The new model is slotted to fill the gap between the Encore and Enclave, the new crossover has been designed to fill the needs of “social elites.” The midsize SUV is a premium offering, available in four trims: AWD Elite, AWD Luxury, AWD Versatile Flagship and AWD Versatile Sporty Flagship.
“The Envision is a versatile SUV and an important component of Shanghai GM’s SUV strategy,” said Wang Yongqing, President of Shanghai GM. “Designed for social elites, it offers an unmatched experience in the premium midsize SUV segment. It complements the Enclave and Encore in Buick’s SUV portfolio.”
The Envision is 4,667 mm long, 1,839 mm wide and 1,696 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,750 mm. The design is fresh and in tone with the latest design language used by the Buick brand, although it still hints to its European connection with the Opel brand.
Under the hood the model comes with just one engine, though one named among Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2013. The 2.0T direct injection turbocharged powerplant delivers 256 bhp (191 kW) and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque. Connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Envision sprints to 100 km/h in 8.4 second and has an average fuel economy of 8.8 liters/100 km (26.7 mpg).