The coming new Buick Envision has surfaced online again, appearing just days after a private presentation in China.
The new Envision, which takes its name from a sleek concept revealed in 2011, is expected to launch first in China before hitting the US market sometime in 2015. Could we also see the new SUV in Australia?
Reports suggest the Envision will be offered in Europe under the Opel banner and, like the compact Mokka and Trax models, we could also see a Chevrolet version in some markets.
With Holden now again sourcing key models from its European stablemate (the Astra, Insignia and Corsa are returning to Holden in 2015), this new Envision could potentially debut here as a replacement for the ageing Captiva range.
Now into their eighth year on the global stage, the current Captiva 5 and Captiva 7 models will be due for replacement in the near future.
GM has yet to offer official word on a replacement for the medium and large SUVs, and that makes this new Envision a strong contender for the role.
Measuring 4667mm long and 1804mm, the Envision is 30mm longer than the current Captiva 7, but around 45mm narrower.
But, with a 2750mm wheelbase, GM’s new large SUV should offer more space than the Captiva 7’s 2707mm wheelbase can accommodate.
For the Chinese market, the Envision will be offered with a direct-injected and turbocharged 195kW/334Nm 2.0 litre engine, mated to a six-speed auto.
Front-wheel-drive will be standard, with all-wheel-drive available as an option.
Features include an eight-inch display with Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system (we’d get the related MyLink system here), along with hill assist, lane departure warning and parking assist.
Watch for the Envision to make its official debut later in the year.
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