The premium compact crossover is expected to fill the considerable gap between the full-sized Enclave and the subcompact Encore, as its wheelbase (108.3 inches) and length (183.7 inches) plant it firmly against the likes of the Lincoln MKC, Lexus NX, Audi Q5, Acura RDX, and others in the compact crossover segment.
The Envision is vased on GM’s global and highly-modular D2XX platform that succeeds the Delta platform, which also underpins the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, 2016 Opel-Vauxhall Astra (and second-gen Buick Verano/Excelle GT), along with the next-gen 2017 Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain, among other non-Cadillac compacts. In China, the Buick Envision is offered with a 2.0L turbocharged I4 engine good for 265 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, a less potent 1.5-liter Ecotec turbo making 166 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque paired with a six-speed transmission and a fancy all-wheel drive system.
Crossovers are a big reason for soaring Buick sales in China; the brand sold 463,226 vehicles in the first half of 2015, up 4.3 percent despite a weaker Chinese economy. While the brand was led by the Excelle GT and XT, sales of Buick SUVs (Enclave, Encore, Envision) doubled to 96,433 units. Meanwhile, Buick is also seeing growing demand for its Encore in the U.S., as sales of the subcompact CUV have increased 29 percent during the first six months of 2015.