Buick Envision Spied in China in All its Glory

Everybody knows that China is the place to make it big these days as an automaker. It's the biggest new car market in the world, so everyone wants a slice of the pie, including GM's luxury brand Buick. And this is where the all-new Envision comes on the scene.
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This curious looking thing is exactly what the new car buyer looks for nowadays: a mid-size crossover with a dash of luxury both inside and out. Slotted between the subcompact Encore and the full-size Enclave, Buick has given the Envision a lot of kit as standard and an extensive options list.

What you see in the photos below is the very first Buick Envision spotted in the flesh and by the looks of it, this particular car seems to be preparing for its public debut today at the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show. Although it's kind of bulky and both the headlights and taillights are way too similar to what one might find on an Opel Cascada, the overall design is very Buick-ish, but we can't call it beautiful or elegant.

The cabin design is way better than what we got on the outside. Leather, panoramic sunroof, an Intellilink infotainment system, white and blue gauges and other comfort-oriented details make the Envision's cabin a very nice place to spend time in. Expected to cost from around 160,000 yuans ($26,000), the all-new Buick Envision comes in China with two petrol engines displacing 2 liters.

The first delivers 200 horsepower and 280 Nm, while the souped up version is rated 260 hp and 363 Nm of torque. Both powerplants are mated as standard to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Will it be available in the States? Yes, of course. The Buick Envision is expected to hit U.S. dealerships by the end of 2015.

A handful of recent reports suggest that Buick will add a hybrid model to the lineup, as well as an entry-level variant powered by a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder that will churn out around 170 horsepower.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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