2017 Buick Envision US Debut and Release
The Buick Envision has recently been reported to hit the US dealerships in the second half of 2016. This mid-size crossover is currently produced and offered on the Chinese market. Although it was previously expected to arrive on the US market this year, its launch has been delayed for 2016. The 2017 Buick Envision is likely to be built in China and imported to the US.
The Envision is due to fill the gap in Buick’s lineup between the subcompact Encore and the full-size Enclave. Compared to some of the other luxury mid-size crossovers, it is similar to the Chevy Equinox when it comes to its proportions. As far as the competition is concerned, it is expected to take on the likes of the Acura RDX, Lincoln MKC, Audi Q5, Lexus NX and others.
2017 Buick Envision Specs
The Envision crossover is underpinned by GM’s modular D2XX platform that came as the replacement for the Delta platform. The same underpinnings are currently used by a large number of GM’s models including the all-new 2016 Opel/Vauxhall Astra, 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, as well as a couple of upcoming models such as the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. With its 15.3 feet in length, this platform is comparable to the likes of Infiniti QX50 and Acura RDX.
When it comes to the engine range, the Chinese version of the Envision is currently available with two gasoline units. The turbocharged 1.5 Ecotec generates 166 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque coupled with a six-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive. As for the more powerful option, it comes as the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 256 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Rumor has it that the latter is likely to be offered with the 2017 Buick Envision once it arrives in North America.
Having in mind the fact that the crossover SUV segment has been soaring lately, we believe that the 2017 Buick Envision will be one of the best-selling models of this American brand. Thus far, the Envision, Encore and Enclave SUVs have had the sales reaching almost 100,000 units in China only. There’s no reason to doubt that this sleek mid-size crossover will continue to be one of the most successful models in Buick’s family.