Buick Envision Compact Crossover Eyed For U.S. | Edmunds

Buick Envision Compact Crossover Eyed For U.S.


Just the Facts:
  • Buick is expected to expand its model line next year with the addition of the Buick Envision, a compact crossover that will be available with mild hybrid technology.
  • U.S. sales of the Envision are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2015, according to an industry insider with knowledge of the plans.
  • The Envision is a little larger than the Buick Encore.

DETROIT Buick is expected to expand its model line next year with the addition of the Buick Envision, a compact crossover that will be available with mild hybrid technology, Edmunds has learned.

U.S. sales of the Envision are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2015, according to an industry insider with knowledge of the plans.

The Envision is a little larger than the Buick Encore, but smaller than the Buick Enclave. A mild hybrid turns the engine off when the car is coasting, braking or stopped, then quickly restarts when the accelerator is depressed.

The five-passenger Buick Envision for the China market debuted in August.

GM has not confirmed whether Envision sales are planned in the U.S.

"We can't confirm anything, but clearly it is a very nicely designed and executed product that is very much a Buick," Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick-GMC sales, told Edmunds.

He added that the Envision would fit into "a big segment in the U.S."

"We have to look at (Envision), so that is what we are doing," he said during an interview at a press event in San Diego.

Buick is expected to offer front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the Envision if it ends up in the U.S. product portfolio. Power would be provided by a four-cylinder engine.

Competitors to the Envision include the Acura RDX, Audi Q3, Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Lexus NX, Lincoln MKC and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.

Edmunds says: The Buick Envision will be roomy, yet easy to drive in big cities. It is expected to be a hit with car shoppers.

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