By now, you may already know that the upcoming 2016 Buick Envision crossover will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 Ecotec engine with auto Stop-Start technology making 256 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. But the drivetrain of the new compact CUV will also deliver two notable new features: a new transmission and a unique all-wheel drive system.
The Envision will feature a new-generation six-speed “DSS” transmission that, according to Buick, “offers smooth gear shifting while significantly reducing fuel consumption in city driving.” That’s all we know about the gearbox at this point.
Meanwhile, the Envision’s AWD setup is rather uncommon. Not only will it be able to distribute power appropriately after detecting tire slippage, but will also be able to automatically distribute power between the front and rear wheels as well as between the two rear wheels “in a faster manner”, thereby helping “significantly enhance steering stability and driving capability”. The system’s capabilities sound similar to those of Audi’s high-performance quattro system with torque vectoring, which modulates torque front-back and left-right.