Buick Envision

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Buick Envision
Buick Envision 4 China 2015-04-21.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerShanghai GM
Production2014–present
Model years2016–present (North America)
AssemblyChina: SAIC GM Dong Yue Foundry, Yantai, Shandong
DesignerJeasoo Kim[1]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV [2][3]
Body style4-door crossover
LayoutFF / AWD layout
PlatformD2XX/D2UX
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Length4,667 mm (183.7 in)
Width1,804 mm (71.0 in)
Height1,659 mm (65.3 in)
Curb weight1,835 kg (4,045 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorBuick Rendezvous (North America)
Pontiac Torrent (North America)
Saturn Vue/Chevrolet Captiva Sport (United States and Canada)
Pontiac Vibe (North America)

The Buick Envision is a compact crossover SUV built by Buick.[4]

Background[edit]

The Envision was first introduced publicly in China on July 1, 2014, with a photo of the car under a cover and placed between a Buick Encore and a Buick Enclave.[5] On July 21, some specifications and the first official photos, as well as its Chinese name “Ang Ke Wei” (昂科威), were made public. The car is produced in China by Shanghai GM and went on sale in late 2014.[citation needed] By 2016, the Envision was available in China, the United States, Canada, and Mexico.[6][7][8] In addition to the larger engines offered in North America, Chinese buyers also have the option of a turbocharged 1.5-liter unit.

The Envision made its American debut at the North American International Auto Show on January 11, 2016, as a compact CUV,[9] sharing the segment with a second generation GMC Terrain and the Chevrolet Equinox.[10] It went on sale in the United States in the summer of 2016, making it the first Chinese-built GM vehicle to be sold in America.[11] It was initially only offered in all-wheel drive, but front wheel drive became an option starting in the 2017 model year.

The North American version of the Envision features two powertrains: a 2.5L LCV four-cylinder with 197 hp (147 kW) and 192 lb⋅ft (260 N⋅m) and a turbo-charged 2.0L LTG four-cylinder engine SAE certified at 252 hp (188 kW) and 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m), paired with a third-generation six-speed transmission, seven active safety technologies, and On-Star/Intellilink connectivity. For the 2016 model year, it was only available in Premium I and Premium II trim levels.[12] The trim levels expanded to five for the 2017 model year, with the base level Envision starting at $34,990 (USD).[13]

2019 facelift[edit]

Debuted in late 2017 in China, and revealed in 2018 for North American market, the 2019 Envision features an updated exterior that now falls more in line with Buick design themes across the rest of the lineup. The updated model has improved seating, a change in the grille that follows Buick’s American winged/waterfall models, a more chiseled design at the rear end, angular tail lights, and a newly calibrated stop/start feature.[14] The 2019 Envision has a starting price of $32,990 (USD) in the U.S. market.

Controversy[edit]

The announcement about selling the Chinese-built vehicle to American consumers has drawn a backlash from the United Auto Workers, who had just finalized a contract agreement with GM and had wanted the automaker to build the Envision stateside: “Today’s announcement by General Motors that they are importing the Envision from China is a slap in the face to U.S. taxpayers and the men and women who worked so hard to save GM during its darkest time,” UAW President Dennis Williams and Vice President Cindy Estrada, who head the GM department for the union, said in a joint statement on December 4, 2015. On the other hand, Buick spokesman Stuart Fowle defended the decision to keep production in China and import it rather than having it built in the United States because it made sense from a business point of view: “We have production already going (in China) and adding a second manufacturing facility for the volumes that we would expect in the U.S. just wasn’t feasible,” he said. “We wanted to take advantage of the manufacturing already in place. We’re very confident in the vehicle.”[15]

On August 6, 2018, Buick announced that it might withdraw the Envision from the North American market, should a request to seek a waiver to continue to import the vehicle is denied. GM is seeking the waiver amid a trade war between the Trump Administration and China over tariffs that could hurt the sales of the Envision. The automaker sees the potential exemption as “the only way” to continue offering the vehicle to U.S. consumers, according to GM President Dan Ammann.[16]

Sales in the United States[edit]

Calendar year Sales
2016 14,193[17]
2017 41,040[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vehicle body exterior". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  2. ^ http://media.buick.com/media/us/en/buick/vehicles/envision/2016.html
  3. ^ http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=37400#tab4
  4. ^ Viknesh Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (2014-07-21). "2015 Buick Envision Leaked". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  5. ^ "All-New Buick Envision to Make Premiere in China". media.gm.com (Press release). 2014-07-01. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Americans Embrace a Made-in-China Buick SUV". 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  7. ^ "UAW to address possible China-made Buick import". 18 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Buick Envision CUV Almost Definitely Coming to U.S.—Plus a Subcompact Hatch, Too?". 24 July 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  9. ^ "2016 Buick Envision might be your first Chinese-built crossover" from Autoblog (January 11, 2016)
  10. ^ "2016 Buick Envision Will Be All Wheel Drive Only" from GM Authority (January 9, 2016)
  11. ^ "Buick confirms US-market Envision CUV to be built in China" from Autoblog (December 4, 2015)
  12. ^ 2016 Buick Envision from GM Authority (March 28, 2016)
  13. ^ "2017 Buick Envision To Start at $34,990" from GM Authority (April 11, 2016)
  14. ^ “2019 Buick Envision Bows With Updated Looks And Customer Focused Improvements” from GM Authority (February 26, 2018)
  15. ^ "Buick Envision made in China headed to U.S. next summer". 5 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Buick could pull Envision from U.S. without tariff exemption" from Automotive News (August 6, 2018)
  17. ^ "Chevrolet and GM Lead U.S. Retail Sales and Share Gains for 2016". General Motors. 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  18. ^ "Three-peat: Chevrolet's Retail Share Grows for Third Consecutive Year – up 1 point since 2015". General Motors. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-01-03.

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