BUICK ENVISION

 

This SUV is unique in that it is only built in China, supplying North American markets as well, a logical decision with an estimated North American share of one to every eight Envisions built through 2019 (one out of every five over the export period).

Buick Envision (Angkewei)  China: October 2014 - , USA: May 2016 - 2021

Sales in America started over one and a half year after its introduction in China, where sales of the 1.5-litre models, launched in April 2015, were equal to those for the 2-litre models in the third quarter, while in the last quarter, front-wheel-drive 1.5 models took the lead, with the 1.5 all-wheel-drives deleted in November 2017.  All models have an automatic transmission, and the 1.5 models a dual clutch.

Instead of 1.5-litres, in America, 2.5-litre (w/o turbo) front- and all-wheel-drive models were added four months after the 2-litre all-wheel-drives.  About half is all-wheel-drive.

In 2018, some 33,000 units were sold in North America, of which 90% in the United States, and 530 in Mexico, where only 2-litre all-wheel-drives were sold.  In China, some 165,000 were handed over to the customer that year.  While the sales figures in 2019 stayed about level for North America, in China the number plummeted to under 100,000, awaiting the E2UB Envision S, but it received an upgrade in May 2020, and sold far better in the third quarter of 2020 than the Envision S.

In early November 2020, some minor equipment changes occurred to the 1.5 model, now badged 532T, with 3 standing for the dual clutch gearbox, while the trim line of the 28T 2.0 turbo model, keeping the disappearing LTG engine, was reduced to one.

The majority of the Envisions sold in China by mid-2021, still was the 1.5 model.

                                        

platform:

D2UB

Envision

 

rear suspension:

4-link independent, coil springs

Opel/SAIC

GM

GM

wheelbase (cm):

275.1

SGE

L850

L850

length from (cm):

466.6

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

width (cm):

183.9

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

cc:

1490

1998

2457

cc

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

turbo

turbo

market:

China

October 2014, fwd: April 2015

20: 20T > 532T

28T

curb weight from:

1575

kg

15-

14-

fwd/awd

awd

7DCT

17: 6A>9A

kW

119

186

kW

hp

162

253

hp

awd -17

USA/CDN

May 2016, fwd: September 2016

16-21

16-21

curb weight from:

1703

kg

awd

fwd/awd

18: 6A>9A

6A

185

147

kW

252

197

hp

Mexico

16-21

curb weight from:

2007

kg

awd

18: 6A>9A

185

kW

252

hp

 

 

Buick Envision S China: July 2020 - , Envision Plus China: June 2021 - , Buick Envision USA: January 2021 -

Sold next to the D2UB Envision in China since July 2020, increased 4.5 cm in width, and on the 3 cm longer wheelbase of the Cadillac XT4 with its aluminum lower front suspension control arm, and a real multi-link (5) rear suspension, the Envision S is powered by the same 2-litre LSY engine that also is in the Chinese Enclave that came in November 2019.  All Avenirs are four-wheel-drive.  The regular series is badged 652T with the first number 6 representing the engine torque output range being 350 Nm or greater, the second number 5 rather casually standing for the 9-speed automatic transmission, the third number 2 meaning the eConnect 2.5 car networking system, and the final letter T stands for Turbo pressure models.  A 652T four-wheel-drive arrived in November 2020.

Early 2021 it arrived in America as Buick Envision. Mexico switched to front-wheel-drives only.

In June 2021 came the 5/7-seater Envision Plus in China on a 5.4 cm longer wheelbase, with the 48V mild hybrid system. The Avenirs are four-wheel-drive, while an Envision Plus 652T four-wheel-drive arrived in July 2021.

The Envision S was rebadged GS, apart from the entry-level model and the Avenir, by September 2021, when the 48V mild hybrid system was added to the full Envision S line.

Later this year, a new mild hybrid 150 kW 1.5 turbo engine will be added to Envision S and Plus, both with the 552T tag.

platform:

E2UB

Envision S/Plus

S

Plus

rear suspension:

5-link independent, coil springs

GM

GM

wheelbase (cm):

277.9

283.3

CSS

CSS

length from (cm):

466.2

484.5

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

width (cm):

188.3

188.3

DOHC

DOHC

curb weight from:

1660

1805

kg

1998

1998

cc

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

turbo

turbo

mild hybrid

market:

S

S, Plus

China

652T, Avenir

652T, GS, Avenir

20-21

21-

fwd/awd

fwd/awd

9A

9A

169

169 + 10

kW

230

230 + 50

hp

USA/CDN

Envision

(base), Avenir

21-

fwd/awd

wheelbase (cm):

277.9

9A

length from (cm):

463.6

170

kW

width (cm):

188.2

228

hp

curb weight from:

1705

kg

350

Nm

Mexico

Envision

(base), Avenir

21-

fwd

wheelbase (cm):

277.9

9A

length from (cm):

463.5

170

kW

width (cm):

188.3

228

hp

curb weight from:

1731

kg

350

Nm

 

 

Net output data are approximate.

                                                        

                                                         with thanks to carsalesbase.com and www.goodcarbadcar.net

 

For recent specifications on Buick cars built in China, see:
On a Global Mission: The Automobiles of General Motors International                                                         

 

 

Far East Auto Literature

15 September, 2021