Buick Envision Debuts in China, Could Come to U.S.

The Buick Envision made its official debut in China this week, revealing even more details about the brand's new midsize crossover that could potentially preview a new model for our shores.

GM's new intelligent all-wheel drive system comes standard on all four trims, which includes the AWD Elite, AWD Luxury, AWD Versatile Flagship, and AWD Versatile Sport Flagship. Buick boasts that the new system makes the Envision more responsive and flexible since it can send 100-percent of the engine's power to the front or rear wheels as necessary and vary torque distribution between the rear wheels as well. The Envision also comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that makes 256 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque matched to a new-generation six-speed automatic. With that amount of power on tap, the Buick Envision should go from 0-62 mph in 8.2 seconds, according to the automaker. Though there's been speculation that the midsize CUV could also be offered as a plug-in hybrid, no other powertrain details were revealed at the official launch.

Inside, the Envision offers a luxurious cabin that features the brand's signature 360-degree interior design language and French-style dual stitching on the upholstery. Measuring 184 inches long, 72 inches wide, and 67 inches tall, the Envision offers up plenty of space for passengers. Cargo room is generous as well, with 24 storage compartments inside. Drivers are also treated to advanced infotainment features such as an 8-inch touchscreen, a touchpad, and voice control system. Depending on their mood, drivers can also choose how they want the Envision to ride thanks to a FlexRide system that provides Normal, Tour, Sport, and Off-Road driving modes.

We've already become familiar with the Envision's styling, but Buick has also revealed that the CUV features a new front grille that shuts automatically to lower wind drag and reduce fuel consumption when the vehicle starts or operates at high speeds. The Envision is also available with the automatic tailgate that opens with the movement of your foot, and a self-park assist system. The Envision is also the first in the segment to come standard with Active Noise Cancellation and a stop-start system.

Why should we care about the China-only Envision? Well, it may not be a China-only car for very long. GM announced last year that its Spring Hill factory would build two "future midsize vehicles." While it's been confirmed the Cadillac SRX is moving to Spring Hill, the other future vehicle could very well be something like the Buick Envision. After all, we previously spied a prototype similar in size to the Envision, so it's possible we'll see the Buick crossover family grow in the near future.

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