Buick unveiled the official photos and specifications of their futuristic Envision. "The Envision has inherited Buick design DNA and taken its global design language to a new height. The Envision makes a significant statement about Buick's styling and technology, and will influence upcoming models from the brand," said Ed Welburn, GM's VP of Global design.
This SUV is unique, it only has two doors stretching nearly the entire length of the vehicle. How do they open? These doors rotate on scissor hinges, which makes entering and exiting easier, while taking up less room when open. Large arches make room for 22-inch multi-spoke wheels, wrapped in silicone tires, having a lower noise, resistance, and energy consumption than traditional rubber.
Envision utilizes a plug-in hybrid power train; a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, mated to a pair of electric motors, with power routed to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Envision drives on electric power stored in lithium-ion batteries at low speeds, with the gasoline engine providing power at higher speeds and when battery power is depleted. Roof-mounted solar panels help charge the battery pack.
Concept images of the Chinese Buick Envision recently streamed across websites and blogs. The auto maker is keeping it a China exclusive, as North America has Buick Enclave to fill its SUV segment. You can check out the Enclave in person at Holm Automotive Center - 2005 N Buckeye - Abilene, Kansas 67410.