Last month, it was reported that the Buick Envision is planned to be launched in USA in 2016. Now a report from Automotive News says that GM has given the plan the green signal. The China-made Buick Envision has been confirmed for Summer 2016 U.S. launch. Buick U.S. Vice President Duncan Aldred informed members of the Buick National Dealer Council of this news on Thursday.
Mr. Aldred confirmed U.S. arrival of the compact crossover during an interview with the publication. “We’re putting in what I believe is a class-leading vehicle in the heart of the U.S. auto industry,” he said. “This is massive for Buick,” he added. The Envision will be a ‘catalyst’ for the premium brand and for its volume growth.
The brand’s Vice President finds the Envision comparable with the Audi Q5.
“Dynamically, from a ride-and-handling standpoint, it’s very comparable to the Q5. I’d say better.”
The Buick Envision will be launched in the U.S. market with a 252 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission and stop-start system. It should be the same SIDI unit offered in China. In the Eastern market, a 1.5-litre SIDI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 124 kW (166 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) is also offered. This smaller engine won’t be available stateside.
All-wheel drive will be standard initially, but a 2WD model with another engine could be launched in the future, Mr. Aldred said. The AWD system to be offered in the Envision will be a “twin clutch” setup from GKN Driveline that will be available also in the 2017 Buick LaCrosse that goes on sale around the same time. This AWD system can control the amount of torque sent to each rear wheel, something very useful in extreme weather conditions.
The U.S.-spec 2016 Buick Envision will come loaded with many premium features including a 360-degree panoramic camera, automatic park assist and sliding and reclining heated rear seats. It will be imported from Shanghai GM’s plant in Shangdong province in China and be priced lower than the Audi Q5 which starts at US$40,900, around the Acura RDX which starts at US$35,270.
[Source: Automotive News]