|Model years||2016–present (North America)|
|Assembly||China: SAIC GM Dong Yue Foundry, Yantai, Shandong|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Compact crossover SUV |
|Body style||5-door crossover|
|Layout||Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / All-wheel drive|
|Wheelbase||2,750 mm (108.3 in)|
|Length||4,667 mm (183.7 in)|
|Width||1,804 mm (71.0 in)|
|Height||1,659 mm (65.3 in)|
|Curb weight||1,835 kg (4,045 lb)|
|Predecessor||Buick Rendezvous (North America)
Pontiac Torrent (North America)
Saturn VUE (United States and Canada)
Opel Antara (Europe) [[Buick Rainier]
The car 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. 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.
As of October 2016, it is available in China, the United States, Canada, and Mexico. In addition to the larger engines offered in North America, Chinese buyers can also have a turbocharged 1.5-liter unit.
On December 4, 2015, Buick confirmed that the Envision will go on sale in the United States starting in the summer of 2016, making it the first Chinese-built GM vehicle to be sold in America. It will only be offered as an all-wheel drive, but would add a front wheel drive option after the 2017 model year. The Envision made its American debut at the North American International Auto Show on January 11, 2016, as a compact CUV, sharing the segment with a second generation GMC Terrain and a future Chevrolet equivalent that is being planned for 2017.
The North American version of the Envision will feature 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 will only be available in the premium level trim but with two options. The trims will expand to five for the 2017 model year, when Buick sets the MSRP for the Envision at $34,990 (USD) for the base trim.
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.”
- "Vehicle body exterior". Retrieved 20 September 2016.
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- "All-New Buick Envision to Make Premiere in China". media.gm.com (Press release). 2014-07-01. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- "Americans Embrace a Made-in-China Buick SUV". 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
- "UAW to address possible China-made Buick import". 18 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- "Buick Envision CUV Almost Definitely Coming to U.S.—Plus a Subcompact Hatch, Too?". 24 July 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
- "Buick confirms US-market Envision CUV to be built in China" from Autoblog (December 4, 2015)
- "2016 Buick Envision might be your first Chinese-built crossover" from Autoblog (January 11, 2016)
- "2016 Buick Envision Will Be All Wheel Drive Only" from GM Authority (January 9, 2016)
- 2016 Buick Envision from GM Authority (March 28, 2016)
- "2017 Buick Envision To Start at $34,990" from GM Authority (April 11, 2016)
- "Buick Envision made in China headed to U.S. next summer". 5 December 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
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