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Buick Envision

Buick Envision

Buick Envision

Buick Envision

Buick Envision interior

Buick Envision interior
Make Buick
Model Envision
Concept year 2011
Production year -
Engine Hybrid

The Buick Envision is a dynamic looking SUV concept which premiered at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show.

Buick says the concept's styling is designed to fuse the company's global design language with a sense of style aimed at pleasing Chinese buyers. However the only bit of Buick design which is easily recognizable is the badge and the grille - the rest looks more like recent Mazda concepts.

The Buick Envision has a striking door setup for an SUV. Instead of the usual four doors there's only two, and these run almost the full length of the passenger compartment. The scissor mechanism, while totally impractical, gives the Envision a funky quirk it sorely needs.

The Envision comes with 22-inch doubled-layered aluminum alloy wheels. The silicon sports tires feature an asymmetrical unidirectional tread with a unique blue-colored band.

Inside the Buick Envision is a clinical looking dash and center console. The white leather seats and metal styling details reinforce the clean aesthetic. The shared armrest runs from the front to the back, and features a storage area and integrated air-conditioning vents. In addition to Buick's classic ice-blue lighting, the interior also features optional orange "casual" lighting and red "sportive" lighting.

Powering the Buick Envision concept is a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine is backed up by two electric motors located within the semi-auto eight-speed transmission. A high-performance lithium-ion battery and a solar panel integrated into the roof serve as an alternative energy source.

When the Envision is being started, parked and running at low speeds, the vehicle runs solely on electric power. When it needs more power or the battery is running low, the engine automatically kicks in to provide a charge for the battery. When greater power is required, such as during sudden acceleration and uphill driving, the engine serves as the main power source, with the generator providing additional power. The Envision can be plugged into a standard outlet to recharge the battery. Additional electricity for the battery is produced by the solar roof.

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