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Mike Stevens | Sep, 02 2014 | 18 Comments

GM’s all-new Buick Envision SUV has been revealed this week, after a series of leaked images offered a first look back in July.

The large new Envision is expected to launch in China in the coming months, with a US debut set for late 2015.

The Envision is also expected to hit Europe with Opel and Vauxhall badges and, if that comes to pass, we could also see the new SUV here.

In Australia, the Envision would likely replace the ageing Captiva 5, which, along with the Captiva 7, has been on the global market since 2006.

GM has yet to offer official word on a replacement for the medium and large SUVs, making this new Envision a likely contender.

The Envision would be a worthy successor to the Captiva models, thanks to its 45mm longer wheelbase and, compared to the Captiva 7, an overall 30mm longer body.

And, although only a five-seater in its current form, the Envision may also appear in seven-seat form when a wider global rollout is locked in.

Importantly, the Envision also represents a major styling and - if these images are any indication - interior quality improvement.

Driving the Envision in China will be a direct-injected and turbocharged 195kW/334Nm 2.0 litre engine, mated to a six-speed auto.

GM claims the Envision will hit 100km/h in a relatively spritely 8.4 seconds.

Front-wheel-drive will be standard, with a new all-wheel-drive system available as an option.

That new AWD setup features two electronically controlled multi-plate clutches at the rear, delivering torque to the front and rear axles as needed. Depending on conditions, either axle can benefit from up to 100 percent of torque.

The Envision also packs GM’s FlexRide tech, including Normal, Tour, Sport and Off-Road drive modes.

Above: the Envision envisioned as a Holden Captiva.
Above: the Envision envisioned as a Holden Captiva.

Safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping Assist, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Collision Mitigation Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Hill-Start Assist and intelligent headlights.

Hill Descent Control and an Automatic Parking Assist system are also available as optional extras.

For news of an Australian debut, stay tuned to TMR.

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