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      Some more clarity on the 2016 Envision


    A few days ago we reported that the 2016 Buick Envision would be sold in All-Wheel drive format only. This was both true and false.

     

    After the reveal of the 2016 Buick Avista concept, I sat down with a Buick representative to discuss the Envision for a bit. It is true that the 2016 model year of the Buick Envision will only be available in all-wheel drive, 2.0T engines, and premium group packages. However, it will be a short model run. The 2017 updates will follow a few months after launch when an additional engine, front wheel drive, and additional packages will be made available. Even after those updates, the 2.0T will still only be available with all-wheel drive.

     

    In China, the Envision offered with a 1.6 liter turbo and front-wheel drive. The rep from Buick indicated that it was unlikely that this powertrain combination is going to make the swim across the Pacific, so expect something in between the 200 hp 1.6T and the 260hp 2.0T offerings. We'll note that GM currently does not have any 4-cylinder offering in between those two powerplants in terms of power, so it could end up being an engine that is not yet released.

     

    We will have more details for the 2016 and 2017 Envision closer to launch time.

     

     

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    Buick Press Release from November 18 is on Page 2



    Buick Introduces Envision Luxury Crossover

    • Clean-sheet approach yields luxury compact crossover designed for confident ride-and-handling performance
    • Dynamic interior with high level of standard content, great attention to detail and latest technologies
    • Strong, efficient performance includes stop/start feature on 2.0L turbo engine

     


    LOS ANGELES – Buick today introduced the 2016 Envision – an all-new, technology-infused luxury compact crossover that expands the brand’s portfolio with segment-challenging driving dynamics, advanced technology, connectivity and Buick’s trademark interior acoustics.

     

    It is a global vehicle, designed from the ground up as a Buick luxury compact crossover. It goes on sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2016.

     

    “The all-new Buick Envision is a modern, confident and responsive luxury compact crossover that combines the brand’s core characteristics with performance features never seen on a crossover,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “That dynamic experience behind the wheel is complemented by Buick’s signature luxury, whisper-quiet cabin and connectivity features that make it a crossover that customers are going to love as drivers and passengers.”

     

    Vehicle highlights include:

    • LED daytime running lamps and rear LED accent lights
    • Efficiency-enhancing features including upper grille shutters that open and close to enhance aerodynamics on the highway and a body structure incorporating mass-reducing high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels – and a lightweight aluminum hood
    • Standard heated front seats and standard heated rear seat
    • Sliding, 60/40-split rear seat, offering the flexibility of more legroom for second-row passengers
    • Kneeling cushions in the second-row seat enable a flatter load floor when the seat is folded
    • 252-horsepower (186 kW) 2.0L turbo engine with stop/start technology, matched with Buick’s first crossover vehicle application of HiPer Strut front suspension and Buick’s first active Twin Clutch AWD system
    • Standard Safety Alert Seat and Lane Keep Assist, as well as available Advanced Active Park Assist, and Surround Vision 360-degree camera system
    • IntelliLink with 8-inch color touch screen, Text Messaging Alerts and Siri Eyes Free
    • Available OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
    • Programmable power liftgate with hands-free operation
    • Active noise cancelation.


    · Nineteen-inch aluminum wheels are standard.

     


    The Envision is also designed to carry more than its competitors, with more rear cargo space than the Acura RDX and the Lincoln MKC. It’s also roomier for passengers, with more rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room, and overall Environmental Protection Agency-rated passenger volume than the MKC.

     

    “The Envision rounds out a lineup of crossovers that has helped change customer opinions about the brand,” said Aldred. “Enclave was the cornerstone of the brand’s renaissance, while the Encore was an early entry among small luxury crossovers and has been an unqualified hit for Buick since its introduction.”

     

    Design rewards with attention to detail
    Designers and engineers were given a clean slate to develop the Envision and they employed supercomputer technologies to help make the most of the architecture for strength, stiffness and quietness. Every aspect of the vehicle’s design and its effect on refinement was taken into consideration – even the available panoramic moonroof was designed for lower wind noise when open.

     

    “The Envision represents a compromise-free design that enabled the development team to do the things luxury customers appreciate,” said Judy Brennan, chief engineer. “Our attention to detail yielded tremendous strength and stiffness of the platform, which is evident in exceptional ride and handling characteristics.”

     

    The clean-sheet design and stiff structure helped eliminate an estimated 22 pounds (10 kg) of add-on material to create whisper-quiet interior acoustics.

     

    And while those attributes lie beneath the Envision’s skin, the skin itself is instantly recognizable as a Buick crossover with contemporary proportions, flowing lines and detailed surface features.

     

    “There is tension in the Envision’s design that reflects elegant athleticism, rendering a planted stance that enhances driver confidence,” says Bryan Nesbitt, global executive director, Buick design. “It’s dynamic and youthful, with features that support the vehicle’s technologically advanced ambience.”

     

    Those features include Buick’s signature winged headlamps and standard heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. Articulating Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps are available. There’s also a rear spoiler atop the liftgate designed to improve aerodynamic performance.

     

    The liftgate features standard programmable power assist and touchless activation. The user simply waves his or her foot near a sensor beneath the fascia to activate the power-assisted liftgate.

     

    Dynamic passenger environment
    The Envision’s interior features a “floating,” wraparound instrument panel sweeps into the door panels, for a flowing, organic and inviting appearance that complements the exterior. It houses a bold gauge cluster featuring two large binnacles with analog instruments and a central digital display for the speedometer and readouts of additional information.

     

    “To put it simply, the Envision’s cabin combines beauty with innovation,” said Nesbitt. “It telegraphs dynamism like nothing else in the segment. Everywhere you touch is a stitched, soft surface,” said Nesbitt. “And everything you touch is designed for intuitive, effortless functionality.”

     

    The large center console storage bin features damped dual wing-type doors that provide easier, less-obstructed access and allow the driver or passengers – even those in the rear – to access the storage bin without disturbing the other. Also, the heating and air conditioning vents are positioned at the bottom of the center stack, moving the climate and infotainment controls – as well as the eight-inch diagonal color touch screen – higher for easier, more intuitive operation.

     

    Additional interior features include:

    • Passive entry and push-button start with standard remote start
    • Standard eight-way power-adjustable front seats and four-way-adjustable lumbar – including available adjustable thigh support on some models that enhances comfort for taller passengers
    • Standard heated front seats and standard heated rear seat
    • Available cooled front seats and standard heated steering wheel
    • Standard eight-inch-diagonal, reconfigurable color driver information center and available full color head-up display
    • Dual-zone climate control with console-mounted rear-seat vents; and standard tri-zone climate control with rear-seat controls
    • Standard Bose premium sound system
    • Available panoramic moonroof.

     


    Technology and connectivity
    The new Envision offers Buick IntelliLink with Text Messaging Alerts and Siri Eyes Free, as well as available OnStar with 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
    Text Messaging Alerts for smartphone users with compatible Bluetooth technology reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhones running iOS6 or higher gives users enhanced connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity, to help keep phones in pockets and hands on the wheel.

     

    An eight-inch-diagonal IntelliLink color touch screen is the contact point for much of the Envision’s technology and connectivity. Itprovides intuitive operation of basic functions, yet is capable of linking up to 10 Bluetooth devices such as smartphones, as well as SD cards and MP3 players. Four USB ports, four 12-volt outlets and a 120-volt outlet are included.

     

    A new steering wheel for Buick debuts in the Envision, featuring thumb-operated toggle switches that make it easy to scroll through the IntelliLink menus and vehicle features in the driver information center.

     

    Powertrain and performance
    The 2016 Envision features a standard 2.0L turbo engine SAE certified at 252 horsepower (186 kW) and 260 lb-ft of torque (353 Nm), which is more standard horsepower and torque than an Audi Q5. It is paired with a third-generation six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift revised to deliver more refined shift performance.

     

    Performance and efficiency is enhanced with Stop/Start technology – Buick’s first application on the 2.0L turbo engine. It seamlessly shuts down the engine when the Envision comes to a stop under certain driving conditions, such as a stoplight. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake.

     

    The 2.0L turbo engine is offered exclusively with AWD, giving the Envision performance consistent with vehicle’s ride and handling capabilities. The turbocharger features a twin-scroll design that helps the engine deliver a broad torque band, for a greater feeling of power on demand. Ninety percent of peak torque is available from 1,800 rpm to 5,500 rpm and the full 260 lb-ft of peak torque from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm.

     

    The engine is designed with refinement-enhancing features such as balance shafts and sound-attenuating components; and is isolated on a hydraulically damped substructure that helps quell noise and vibration. Four powertrain mounts are used rather than the conventional three.

     

    Ride and handling
    The Envision’s robust structure is the foundation for a balanced and confident driving experience. Buick’s HiPer Strut front suspension provides more linear and communicative steering through improved camber control and improved impact isolation on bumps and rough surfaces. It’s a feature inspired by the athletic Regal GS sedan and that is not currently offered on any crossover vehicle, including competitors such as the Audi Q5.

     

    A standard four-link independent rear suspension is designed to minimize unwanted toe and camber effects during spirited driving maneuvers, enhancing stability. Isolating hydraulic mounts are used front and rear to further reduce noise and vibration that could reach the passenger compartment.

     

    The Envision features Buick’s first active Twin Clutch AWD system designed to make the most of handling and stability in all driving conditions. It is a fully automatic, on-demand system engineered to deliver sure-footed handling in low-grip conditions, while also contributing to a quieter and smoother ride with minimal torque transferred to the rear wheels when all-wheel-drive traction isn’t needed.

     

    It uses a hydraulically actuated, pump-based system that provides clutch-clamping forces before the vehicle even begins to move. For example, on wet surfaces when the vehicle pulls away from a stop, the system will have already engaged the clutches by looking at torque to analyze the driver’s intentions. The technology allows the vehicle to respond before a slip occurs, rather than just reacting to slip.

     

    Additionally, a premium, variable-effort electric power rack-and-pinion steering gear from Bosch Automotive Steering Systems enables effortless low-speed maneuvers and a higher degree of steering feel at higher speeds. The system also includes crosswind stabilization road-shake compensation that enhances smoothness.

     

    Safety features
    The Envision offers 360 degrees of available passive and active safety technology, including 10 standard air bags, available Automatic Park Assist, available Surround Vision camera system and Buick’s first use of Lane Keep Assist, which is standard. They complement a body structure composed of 63 percent high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, which forms a protective cage around the passenger compartment.

     

    Automatic Park Assist measures a suitable parallel or perpendicular parking spot and steers the vehicle into it, while Lane Keep Assist helps the driver keep the vehicle in the lane with an automatic steering adjustment when an inadvertent lane departure is detected.

     

    A rearview camera is standard, while the available Surround Vision provides an overhead view of the Envision that enhances the driver’s vision at low speeds, such as parking and reversing.

     

    Additional 2016 model year standard and available safety features include:

    • Standard Side-curtain and knee air bags
    • Standard Safety Alert Seat, which pulses to alert the driver about a possible crash
    • Standard Front Park Assist, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    • Standard Following Distance Indicator
    • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control
    • Standard Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution
    • Standard Cornering brake control and brake assist.
    • Available Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
    • Available Collision Mitigation Braking

     


    Safety and security features also include OnStar technology with Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.

     

    2016 BUICK ENVISION PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

     

    Overview
    Model:
    2016 Buick Envision
    Body style / driveline:
    four-door, five-passenger compact crossover; front engine transaxle, all-wheel drive
    Construction:
    steel body frame integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders, roof, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel, aluminum hood, thermal plastic olefin (TPO) bumper fascias
    EPA vehicle class:
    SUV
    Manufacturing location:
    Yantai, China
    Key competitors:
    Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Lincoln MKC

     

    Engines
    Type:
    Ecotec 2.0L DOHC I-4 VVT DI Turbocharged
    Displacement (cu. in. / cc):
    122 / 1998
    Bore & stroke (in. / mm):
    3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86
    Block material:
    cast aluminum
    Cylinder head material:
    cast aluminum
    Valvetrain:
    DOHC, four-valves per
    cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
    Valve lifters:
    hydraulic roller finger follower
    Ignition system:
    coil-on-plug
    Fuel delivery:
    high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
    Compression ratio:
    9.5:1
    Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):
    252 / 186 (est.)
    Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):
    260 / 353 (est.)
    Recommended fuel:
    premium recommended but not required
    Max. engine speed
    (fuel cut-off):
    6800 rpm
    Emissions controls:
    close-coupled, catalytic converter, positive crankcase ventilation; evaporative system
    Additional features:
    extended-life spark plugs; extended-life coolant
    EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy)
    TBD

     

    Transmissions

     

    Hydra-Matic 6T70
    Type:
    six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive
    Application:
    standard
    Gear ratios (:1):

     

    First
    4.48
    Second
    2.87
    Third
    1.84
    Fourth
    1.41
    Fifth
    1.00
    Sixth
    0.74
    Reverse
    2.88
    Final Drive
    3.17

     

    Chassis / Suspension
    Front:
    Specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings; HiPer Strut suspension
    Rear:
    Four-link independent rear with hollow stabilizer bar
    Traction control:
    all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
    Steering type:
    electric rack-and-pinion power-assisted with cross-wind stabilization and road-shake stabilization
    Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock:
    2.67

     

    Turning circle, curb-to-curb
    (ft / m):
    39.5 / 12
    Steering ratio:
    15.6 to 1

     

    Brakes
    Type:
    four-wheel disc w/ABS and electronic stability control
    Brake rotor diameter – front
    (in / mm):
    12.6 /321
    Brake rotor diameter – rear
    (in / mm):
    12.4 / 315

     

    Wheels / Tires
    Wheel size and type:
    19-inch aluminum
    Tires:
    235/50R19 AL3

     

    Dimensions
    Exterior
    Wheelbase (in / mm) :
    107.9 / 2740
    Overall length (in / mm):
    183.7 / 4666
    Overall width (in / mm):
    72.4 / 1839
    Overall height (in / mm):
    66.8 / 1697
    Front track (in / mm):
    1575 / 62
    Rear track (in / mm):
    1575 / 62

     

    Interior
    Seating capacity (front / rear):
    2 / 3
    Headroom (in / mm):
    39.96 / 1015 (front)
    38.5 / 977 (rear)
    Legroom (in / mm):
    40.9 / 1040 (front)
    37.5 / 952 (rear)
    Shoulder room (in / mm):
    57.0 / 1448 (front)
    55.8 / 1417 (rear)
    Hip room (in / mm):
    54.4 / 1381 (front)
    53.1 / 1348 (rear)
    EPA passenger volume
    (cu ft / L) :
    100.6 / 2849
    EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):
    127.5 / 3610.6
    Cargo volume (cu ft / L):
    26.9 / 761 (behind rear seat)
    57.3 / 1622 (rear seat folded)

     

    Capacities
    Fuel tank (gal / L):
    17.3 / 65.5
    Engine oil (qt / L):
    6.0 / 5.7
    Curb weight (lb / kg):
    4047 / 183
    Trailering rating (lb / kg):
    1500 / 680

     

    Note: Information shown is current at time of publication. Please visit http://media.gm.com for updates.

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    I see a serious hit on Buick's hands in this vehicle. I think that it is sized perfectly that the Encore and Enclave have very little to worry about. 

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    Simply Lovely, Not a fan of the interior color, but in a mocha brown it would be awesome. Love it overall. Very excited for this model.

     

    Smart to do the AWD for a short 2016 run and then also bring in the FWD model.

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    Simply Lovely, Not a fan of the interior color, but in a mocha brown it would be awesome. Love it overall. Very excited for this model.

     

    Smart to do the AWD for a short 2016 run and then also bring in the FWD model.

     

     

    The China connection might be lost if sales merit a build in States. Ironically we will have to support the Chinese built ones to give GM justification for building here

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    • The Jalopnik link makes a mistake in expressing an opinion that GM/Chevy had Tesla in their sites. Had Tesla products as a benchmark... The only thing I gather Chevy/GM had on benchmarking Telsa was the price point in which the Bolt was to be sold at as compared to the Model 3.  From the EV1, all the way to Volt gen 1 and 2, the Cadillac ELR, and then the  Bolt to the mild hybrid stuff on Malibus and Tahoes,  nothing suggests that GM ever wanted to do performance oriented EVs.  And GM could do a performance oriented EV if they chose to do so.  They took a different market approach.  Tesla has found that sweet spot. It does not mean that GM's approach is wrong vis-a-vis Tesla's approach. It just means that GM's approach and its choice of its product's packaging may be at fault... The Cadillac ELR was a 2 door personal luxury coupe econobox with an econobox derived Chevrolet version of its EV. And it also used the Chevrolet Volt's 1st generation tech instead of the 2nd generation tech, in an era when small, 2 door coupes dont sell. In an era when SUVs sell like mad. In an era when Tesla and Fisker were selling sexy body styled sedans and the Tesla was and still is eons ahead in  marketing, styling and dare I say in EV technology in some key tech areas... The Bolt does not fail as an EV product. It fails on its intended mission as an EV product. Not in terms of it not being a capable EV, but it failing of it not being capable of delivering the marketing message that its supposedly sold upon. Packaging. And also, GM does not put full faith in that marketing message either...and so the marketing is also downplayed... The Mustang Mach-E will only eat its lunch if EV buyers buy into a  1. Mustang EV 2. A Ford EV capable of being a good Tesla product equal I think point 1 wont be a problem. But point 2 might very well be. Some EV people have a strong bias against ICE makers and will NEVER take Ford, GM, VW, Nissan, etc, seriously and the Mach-E, as good as it seems on paper, does not have a chance and is DOA...          
    • LOL Listen.  American cars is what I love. From the 1900s to today.  But I'd like to try and learn about  cars from different countries and from their different eras too.   Car craziness and car culture is strong in America, but it aint strictly an American thing. The automobile has defined America and its culture and we revolve our modern lives around it more than any other culture, but there is a car culture elsewhere other than North America. And if it wasnt for 2 devastating world wars in Europe where the automobile was starting to get a grip on life here as well as in Europe, the automobile in Europe would have had the same influence as in America.  But like everything else in nature, the environment influences the surroundings and the same entity evolves differently and at a different pace as the next.  I love to learn about different car cultures around the globe and how the car has influenced that society and how it evolved differently from ours. And from all that,  I learned that car enthusiasts around the world are the same, but have a different take on the performance car than what we have. And from an enthusiast point of view, for which I am, I enjoy enthusiast cars.  And I want to appreciate that.  I have learned that I actually do enjoy European racing cars of the 1920s and 1930s.  Or the rivalry that Ferruccio had with Enzo that produced those slick Italian cars of the 1960s and 1970s from both companies.  I enjoy the French quirkiness and I enjoy an Alpina race to which Renault paid a tribute to just a couple of years ago, kinda like what Ford did with the Ford GT in 2005.  I actually like that Renault/Alpina. Its a cool little sports car.  The Japanese car culture thing is whack. Most of it just seems weird to me. But I definitely like the American influence on their sports cars (which also had a slight Euro touch to them too) which in turn begat a pure Japanese sports car scene.  I get the question marks.  I do not like the shyteboxes that Europe has produced. But then again, I dont like the shyteboxes that Detroit has produced over the years also. But, I do prefer Detroit shyte over Europe's though. And I feel like  what Jay Leno has over other car "influencers" is that he has a certain bias towards cars that I find interesting and I gravitate towards his influence over others.    
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    • @oldshurst442 If GM had not stopped at the FWD appliance the Bolt is but also did an AWD Performance version too, I think it would have resonated more with the public. The lack of interior choices as they went too sparse and the quirky exterior have held the Bolt back. If GM would get an all black interior and add a warm brown interior, I think it would sell better. There is so much more GM could do with the Bolt and has not waiting for version 2.0 and Ford is going to eat their lunch with the Mach e.
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