Buick brings the 2017 Envision compact CUV to the US

Buick is jumping into the premium compact crossover market with its Envision that has been so popular in China (Yes, China...Buick's largest market). The new CUV will slot above the sub-compact Encore and below the Enclave. Designed in Michigan, the Envision is an attractive entry that should do well against others like the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, and Lincoln MKC. The interior appears nicely finished with leather everywhere and with equipment that's expected in this class. The exterior carries Buick themes like the Regal sculpting on the flanks and the previous Buick grille (The new LaCrosse debuts the "new" grille look). Standard equipment includes the 2.0-liter Ecotec turbo four (252 hp, 260 lb./ft. of torque), six-speed automatic, Active Twin Clutch all-wheel-drive system, IntelliLink with 8-inch color touch screen, Safety Alert Seat, Lane Keep Assist, tri-zone climate control with rear-seat controls, 19-inch aluminum wheels, Bose premium sound system, and much more. Options include OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, panoramic moonroof, and more available in groups or individually. Prices have not been announced but the Envision should be competitive not to mention a big seller for Buick. All Envision CUVs will be imported from China until the sales numbers warrant a local build. The Buick Envision will arrive at your local Buick dealer in 2016. More to come...

Source: Buick - Press release and spec charts after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:
Buick Envision North American Market Fact Sheet

The Buick Envision was designed, engineered and tested in Michigan as a world-class luxury crossover to challenge the world’s best competition. It was awarded Motor Trend SUV of the Year in China and has 127,085 sales so far this year. When it goes on sale in 2016, it will play an important role in a crossover lineup that currently represents 60 percent of Buick sales in North America. It targets customers shopping between the Encore, the best-selling Buick in eight years, and the Enclave, which has continued to grow its customer base since its 2007 introduction.

Envision highlights include:
  • 252-horsepower (186 kW) 2.0L turbo engine with stop/start technology, matched with Buick’s first crossover vehicle application of HiPer Strut front suspension and Buick’s first Active Twin Clutch all-wheel-drive system
  • Efficiency-enhancing features including upper grille shutters that open and close to enhance aerodynamics on the highway and a body structure incorporating mass-reducing high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels – and a lightweight aluminum hood
  • LED daytime running lamps and rear LED accent lights
  • Sliding, 60/40-split rear seat, offering the flexibility of more legroom for second-row passengers
  • Kneeling cushions in the second-row seat enable a flatter load floor when the seat is folded
  • Standard Safety Alert Seat and Lane Keep Assist, as well as available Automatic Park Assist, and Surround Vision 360-degree camera system
  • IntelliLink with 8-inch color touch screen
  • Available OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Programmable power liftgate with hands-free operation
  • Active noise cancelation
  • Standard 19-inch aluminum wheels
  • Passive entry and push-button start with standard remote start
  • Standard eight-way power-adjustable front seats and four-way-adjustable lumbar – including available adjustable thigh support on some models that enhances comfort for taller passengers
  • Standard heated front seats, heated rear seat and heated steering wheel
  • Available cooled front seats
  • Standard tri-zone climate control with rear-seat controls and console-mounted rear vents
  • Standard Bose premium sound system
  • Available panoramic moonroof



2016 Buick Envision
Body style / driveline:
four-door, five-passenger compact crossover; front engine transaxle, all-wheel drive
steel body frame integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders, roof, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel, aluminum hood, thermal plastic olefin (TPO) bumper fascias
EPA vehicle class:
Manufacturing location:
Yantai, China
Key competitors:
Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Lincoln MKC


Ecotec 2.0L DOHC I-4 VVT DI Turbocharged
Displacement (cu. in. / cc):
122 / 1998
Bore & stroke (in. / mm):
3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86
Block material:
cast aluminum
Cylinder head material:
cast aluminum
DOHC, four-valves per cylinder,
continuously variable valve timing
Valve lifters:
hydraulic roller finger follower
Ignition system:
Fuel delivery:
high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
Compression ratio:
(hp / kW @ rpm):
252 / 186 (est.)
(lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):
260 / 353 (est.)
Recommended fuel:
premium recommended but not required
Max. engine speed
(fuel cut-off):
6800 rpm
Emissions controls:
close-coupled, catalytic converter, positive crankcase ventilation; evaporative system
Additional features:
extended-life spark plugs; extended-life coolant
EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy)


Hydra-Matic 6T70
six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive
Gear ratios (:1):

Final Drive


Specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings; HiPer Strut suspension
Four-link independent rear with hollow stabilizer bar
Traction control:
all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
Steering type:
electric rack-and-pinion power-assisted with cross-wind stabilization and road-shake stabilization
Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock:
Turning circle, curb-to-curb
(ft / m):
39.5 / 12
Steering ratio:
15.6 to 1


four-wheel disc w/ABS and electronic stability control
Brake rotor diameter – front (in / mm):
12.6 /321
Brake rotor diameter – rear (in / mm):
12.4 / 315


Wheel size and type:
19-inch aluminum
235/50R19 AL3


Wheelbase (in / mm) :
107.9 / 2740
Overall length (in / mm):
183.7 / 4666
Overall width (in / mm):
72.4 / 1839
Overall height (in / mm):
66.8 / 1697
Front track (in / mm):
1575 / 62
Rear track (in / mm):
1575 / 62

Seating capacity (front / rear):
2 / 3
Headroom (in / mm):
39.96 / 1015 (front)
38.5 / 977 (rear)
Legroom (in / mm):
40.9 / 1040 (front)
37.5 / 952 (rear)
Shoulder room (in / mm):
57.0 / 1448 (front)
55.8 / 1417 (rear)
Hip room (in / mm):
54.4 / 1381 (front)
53.1 / 1348 (rear)
EPA passenger volume
(cu ft / L) :
100.6 / 2849
EPA interior volume
(cu ft / L):
127.5 / 3610.6
Cargo volume (cu ft / L):
26.9 / 761 (behind rear seat)
57.3 / 1622 (rear seat folded)


Fuel tank (gal / L):
17.3 / 65.5
Engine oil (qt / L):
6.0 / 5.7
Curb weight (lb / kg):
4047 / 183
Trailering rating (lb / kg):
1500 / 680
Note: Information shown is current at time of publication.