General Motors will introduce the 2015 Buick Envision later this month in Chengdu on August 28, but ahead of its debut the manufacturer released the first photos with the interior. The midsize SUV features a left-tilted center console, black piano trim around the 8-inch color touchscreen as well as a chrome trim that delineates various functional areas.
Moreover, the vehicle comes with a three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather that is fitted with a segment-first heating element. The steering wheel has buttons and knobs on both sides and lets the driver activate cruise control, play music or make Bluetooth phone calls.
Also a segment first is the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) that works in connection with the Bose sound system. The FlexRide system offers four driving modes: Normal, Tour, Sport and Off-Road.
The Off-Road mode is a premiere for a Buick model and provides stability when driving on slippery, unstable or bumpy surfaces. According to Buick, the 2015 Envision comes equipped with parking assist, engine start/stop and lane departure warning.
The interior is dominated by the panoramic sunroof that shuts electronically in order to block out the light.
Buick gave its designers and engineers a clean sheet to develop the Buick Envision small luxury SUV. In the process, designers and engineers even used supercomputer technologies to ensure that the architecture that will underpin the new Envision will offer a combination of strength, stiffness and quietness. They carefully considered every aspect of the design as well as its effect on refinement. For instance, they designed the available panoramic moonroof to deliver lower wind noise when open.
According to Judy Brennan, chief engineer, the new Buick Envision is a compromise-free design that allowed the development team to implement things that luxury customers would appreciate. He remarked that attention to detail allowed the architecture to offer tremendous strength and stiffness, resulting to exceptional ride and handling.
Thanks to the clean-sheet design and stiff structure, designers and developers were able to get rid of around 22 lbs (10 kg) of add-on material, resulting to a quieter interior. Of course, the new Envision is easily recognizable – even at a glance -- as a crossover from Buick, boasting of contemporary proportions and marked by flowing lines and detailed surfaces.
Bryan Nesbitt, global executive director at Buick design, remarked that the tension in the design of the Envision reflects elegant athleticism, giving the new crossover a planted stance that helps enhance driver confidence. He called the new Envision as dynamic and youthful, laden with features supporting technologically advanced ambience.
Designers gave the new Envision with Buick's signature winged headlamps as well as standard heated exterior mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. The headlamps could be optionally specified as Xenon high-intensity discharge units.