Earlier this month, General Motors released a teaser for a new Buick crossover set to debut in China this year, which we said will most likely be formally revealed at the 2014 Guangzhou Auto Show in November. Images showing the new crossover in full have now surfaced, following a private presentation in China over the weekend.
The new crossover is called the Envision, a name General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] used for a concept version unveiled back in 2011, and it sits between the Encore and Enclave in Buick's crossover lineup. GM has only confirmed the Envision for the Chinese market at present, but we expect it on sale in the U.S. sometime next year, as a 2016 model (prototypes have been spotted testing in the U.S. for the past year).
The Envision will compete against small crossovers in the premium segment such as the Acura RDX and Infiniti EX, and it may even manage to lure some buyers from the likes of the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class. It has a length of 4,667 millimeters, a width of 1,804 mm and height of 1,659 mm. Its wheelbase stretches 2,750 mm.
A version of the Envision is also expected to badged an Opel for the European market, as part of GM’s plans to further integrate its Buick and Opel brands. GM says the Envision fuses iconic Buick design cues with the brand’s new “high-end, refined global design” themes, and this is emphasized in the headlight design which has a definite Opel flavor.
For the Chinese market, the Envision has been announced with a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 260 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission and drive goes to the front wheels as standard. All-wheel drive is available.
Inside the cabin is said to be an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, Buick IntelliLink infotainment system and driver aids such as hill assist, lane departure warning and parking assist.
Underpinning the vehicle is thought to be an updated version of the GM’s Delta II platform. This new platform will eventually replace both the existing Delta II car and Theta crossover platforms in the GM portfolio and feature hybrid capability.
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