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
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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