2015 Buick Envision makes official debut

Article by Christian A., on September 1, 2014

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.

Safety features

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.

Press Release

Buick Envision

The 2016 Buick Envision is an all-new luxury compact crossover with segment-challenging driving dynamics, advanced technology, connectivity and Buick's trademark interior acoustics. It is a global vehicle, designed from the ground up as a Buick luxury compact crossover. It goes on sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2016.

"The all-new Buick Envision is a modern, confident and responsive luxury compact crossover that combines the brand's core characteristics with great performance features like our HiPer strut suspension," said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. "That dynamic experience behind the wheel is complemented by Buick's signature luxury, whisper-quiet cabin and connectivity features to benefit drivers and passengers alike."

Vehicle highlights include:

252-horsepower (186 kW) 2.0L turbo engine with stop/start technology, Buick's first crossover vehicle application of HiPer Strut front suspension and Buick's first active Twin Clutch AWD system
LED daytime running lamps and rear LED accent lights
Efficiency-enhancing features including active grille shutters and a structure incorporating mass-reducing high-strength steel, and an aluminum hood
Standard heated front seats, rear seats, and steering wheel; available cooled front seats
Sliding, 60/40-split rear seat, offering the flexibility of more legroom for second-row passengers
Standard eight-way power-adjustable front seats and four-way-adjustable lumbar
Kneeling cushions in the second-row seat enable a flatter load floor when the seat is folded
Standard tri-zone climate control with rear-seat controls
Programmable power liftgate with hands-free operation
Active noise cancelation
Standard nineteen-inch aluminum wheels
Passive entry and push-button start with standard remote start
Standard Bose premium sound system
Available panoramic moonroof.

The Buick Envision is also designed to carry more than its competitors, with more rear cargo space than the Acura RDX and the Lincoln MKC. It's also roomier for passengers, with more rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room, and overall Environmental Protection Agency-rated passenger volume than the MKC.

Design rewards with attention to detail

Designers and engineers were given a clean slate to develop the Envision and they employed supercomputer technologies to help make the most of the architecture for strength, stiffness and quietness. Every aspect of the vehicle's design and its effect on refinement was taken into consideration - even the available panoramic moonroof was designed for lower wind noise when open.

"The Envision represents a compromise-free design that enabled the development team to do the things luxury customers appreciate," said Judy Brennan, chief engineer. "Our attention to detail yielded tremendous strength and stiffness of the platform, which is evident in exceptional ride and handling characteristics."

The clean-sheet design and stiff structure helped eliminate an estimated 22 pounds (10 kg) of add-on material to create whisper-quiet interior acoustics.

And while those attributes lie beneath the Envision's skin, the skin itself is instantly recognizable as a Buick crossover with contemporary proportions, flowing lines and detailed surface features.

"There is tension in the Envision's design that reflects elegant athleticism, rendering a planted stance that enhances driver confidence," says Bryan Nesbitt, global executive director, Buick design. "It's dynamic and youthful, with features that support the vehicle's technologically advanced ambience."

Envision features Buick's signature winged headlamps and standard heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. Articulating Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps are available.

Dynamic passenger environment

The Buick Envision's interior features a "floating," wraparound instrument panel sweeps into the door panels, for a flowing, organic and inviting appearance that complements the exterior.

"To put it simply, the Envision's cabin combines beauty with innovation," said Nesbitt. "It telegraphs dynamism like nothing else in the segment. Everywhere you touch is a stitched, soft surface. Everything you touch is designed for intuitive, effortless functionality."

The large center console storage bin features damped dual wing-type doors that provide easier, less-obstructed access and allow the driver or passengers - even those in the rear - to access the storage bin without disturbing the other.

Technology and connectivity

The new Buick Envision offers a standard 8-inch Buick IntelliLink screen, as well as available OnStar with 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

IntelliLink is the contact point for much of the Envision's technology and connectivity. It provides intuitive operation of basic functions, yet is capable of linking up Bluetooth devices such as smartphones, as well as SD cards and MP3 players. Four USB ports, four 12-volt outlets and a 120-volt outlet are included.

A new steering wheel for Buick debuts in the Envision, featuring thumb-operated toggle switches that make it easy to scroll through the IntelliLink menus and vehicle features in the driver information center.

Powertrain and performance

The 2016 Envision features a standard 2.0L turbo engine SAE certified at 252 horsepower (186 kW) and 260 lb-ft of torque (353 Nm), which is more standard horsepower and torque than an Audi Q5. It is paired with a third-generation six-speed automatic transmission.

Performance and efficiency is enhanced with Stop/Start technology - Buick's first application on the 2.0L turbo engine. It seamlessly shuts down the engine when the Envision comes to a stop under certain driving conditions, such as a stoplight. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake.

The 2.0L turbo engine is offered exclusively with AWD, giving the Envision performance consistent with vehicle's ride and handling capabilities. The turbocharger features a twin-scroll design that helps the engine deliver a broad torque band, for a greater feeling of power on demand. Ninety percent of peak torque is available from 1,800 rpm to 5,500 rpm and the full 260 lb-ft of peak torque from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm.

The engine is designed with refinement-enhancing features such as balance shafts and sound-attenuating components; and is isolated on a hydraulically damped substructure that helps quell noise and vibration. Four powertrain mounts are used rather than the conventional three.

Ride and handling

The Buick Envision's robust structure is the foundation for a balanced and confident driving experience. Buick's HiPer Strut front suspension reduces torque steer and benefits steering feel. It's a feature inspired by the athletic Regal GS sedan and that is not currently offered on any crossover vehicle, including competitors such as the Audi Q5.

The Envision features Buick's first active Twin Clutch AWD system designed to make the most of handling and stability in all driving conditions. It is a fully automatic, on-demand system engineered to deliver sure-footed handling in low-grip conditions, while also contributing to a quieter and smoother ride with minimal torque transferred to the rear wheels when all-wheel-drive traction isn't needed.

Safety features

The Buick Envision offers 360 degrees of available passive and active safety technology, including 10 standard air bags, available Automatic Park Assist, available Surround Vision camera system and Buick's first use of Lane Keep Assist, which is standard.

Automatic Park Assist measures a suitable parallel or perpendicular parking spot and steers the vehicle into it, while Lane Keep Assist helps the driver keep the vehicle in the lane with an automatic steering adjustment when an inadvertent lane departure is detected.

A rearview camera is standard, while the available Surround Vision provides an overhead view of the Envision that enhances the driver's vision at low speeds, such as parking and reversing.

Additional 2016 model year standard and available safety features include:

Standard side-curtain and knee air bags
Standard Safety Alert Seat, which pulses to alert the driver about a possible crash
Standard Front Park Assist, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Standard Following Distance Indicator
Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control
Standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution
Standard cornering brake control and brake assist
Available Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
Available Collision Mitigation Braking.
Safety and security features also include OnStar technology with Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.

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