With the recent official launch of the all-new Buick Envision Plus in China, General Motors introduced a third member to the Envision family of crossovers offered by the Tri-Shield brand in the Asian country, alongside the refreshed first-generation Envision and the Envision S. With the expansion now complete, the automaker is about to add a new turbocharged 1.5L engine to the powertrain lineup of the two second-generation models.
As a matter of fact, Chinese authorities have just revealed that SAIC-GM, the General’s main joint venture in the country, recently declared that it will launch new entry-level variants of the all-new Buick Envision S and Envision Plus in the Chinese market. These variants will be equipped with an all-new turbocharged 1.5L engine, which will complement the existing turbo 2.0L LSY inline-four.
According to SAIC-GM’s statement, the company’s new 1.5L engine that will be available in the Buick Envision family in China is a four-cylinder block with a displacement of 1,498 cc, and will produce 150 kW or the equivalent of 201 U.S. horsepower. The authorities’ information leak did not reveal the torque figure or compatible transmission choices, but the engine will carry the RPO code LAH.
The new turbocharged 1.5L I4 set to power the Buick Envision family in the Chinese market will notably be the most powerful engine of that displacement GM has ever built. For comparison, the as-yet-announced LAH is significantly more powerful than the turbo 1.5L engine offered in several current Buick models in the Asian country, which produces 124 kW or 166 horsepower.
The new 1.5L engine will become the base powerplant for both the standard-size Buick Envision S as well as the five- and seven-seat variants of the extended-length Envision Plus, which could be exclusive to the Chinese market. The local media expects the base engine to lower the starting price of the two crossovers, further strengthening their competitiveness in order to become the best-selling range of utility vehicles in the country.
The all-new Buick Envision S and Envision Plus with the new turbocharged 1.5L engine are expected to be unveiled in the coming months as 2022 models, and go on sale before the end of the calendar year in the Chinese market. Although not official, the new powerplant should be part of the company’s eighth-generation Ecotec engine family and may eventually be offered in North America as well.