At the 2015 Chengdu Motor Show in China, Buick introduced the all-new Envision premium midsize SUV. Clearly inspired by the Envision Concept, the new vehicle carries Buick’s new design language and comes with a new drag-reducing grille, wing-style front as well as LED rear lights, curved flank likes, an aluminum luggage rack, a wing-shaped spoiler and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
According to the official press release, the 2015 Envision will be available with a choice of five exterior colors such as Snowy White, Glacier Silver, Pearl Black, Topaz Brown and Sky Purple. In addition, GM will offer the Envision in four variants: AWD Elite, AWD Luxury, AWD Versatile Flagship and AWD Versatile Sporty Flagship.
The interior will be offered in Burgundy or Swallowtail Black colours, while black piano accents promise to create a premium feel. The dual-stitching accentuate the elegance. The midsize SUV has a length of 4,667 mm, a width of 1,839 mm and a height of 1,696 mm, while the wheelbase measures 2,750 mm. With the rear seats folded flat, the cargo space measures an impressive 1,550 liters.
Under the hood, the Envision offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that generates 256 hp (191 kW) and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque. Bolted to a new six-speed DSS intelligent transmission, the engine pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.4 seconds, while offering a fuel economy of 8.8 l/100 km. The 2015 Envision arrives with a new all-wheel-drive system that features two electronically-controlled multi-place clutches in the rear axle in order to automatically distribute torque from the front to the rear wheels and between the rear wheels as needed.
Buick will offer the Envision with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping Assist, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Collision Mitigation Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and intelligent headlights. Moreover, the vehicle offers as standard anti-lock brakes with electronical brakeforce distribution, electronic stability control, a traction control system and Hill Start Assist.
As an option, you can get the Hill Descent Control, OnStar and Automatic Parking System. The interior will be available with Buick’s Quiet-Tuning technology that reduces noise. Other features include the standard panoramic sunroof, front power seats with heating, cooling and ventilation functions, as well as heated sport steering wheel.
The robust Buick Envision structure is the basis for a stable and confident drive experience. Buick's HiPer Strut front suspension lessens steering torque and adds to steering feel. It's a trait that draws inspiration from the sporty Regal GS sedan and that is presently not available in any other crossover, including the competition like the Audi Q5.
Envision has Buick's first active Twin Clutch AWD system meant to maximise control and constancy in every driving condition. A fully automatic, on-demand system conceived to provide nimble handling in low-grip situation, it also contributes to more silent and smoother ride with minimum torque going to the rear when there is no need for all-wheel-drive traction.
Buick Envision provides a full 360 degrees of optional passive and active safety features, such as ten standard air bags, optional Automatic Park Assist, available Surround Vision camera system, and Buick's first standard use of Lane Keep Assist.
Automatic Park Assist calculates a proper parallel or perpendicular parking spot and navigates the car in, while Lane Keep Assist assists the driver in keeping the automobile in the lane by automatically adjusting the steering when it detects an unintentional lane departure.
A rear-view camera comes standard, and the optional Surround Vision offers an overhead view of the vehicle to enhance the driver's vision at lower speeds, such as while parking and reversing.