Buick Envision Concept rolls out at Shanghai Auto Show

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The new Buick Envision Concept just rolled out on the carpet at the Shanghai Motor Show today. The new Buick Envision hybrid SUV concept is a joint venture between Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, and it is destined for the Chinese market.

The Buick Envision is sleek looking with a futuristic desgin, but it still features Buick’s signature waterfall-like grille and with curves and angles found similar in the Buick Regal. What is uniquely about the Buick Envision Concept is its gull-wings, which is unlikely to make to the production stage.

The Buick Envision is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline engine coupled with two electric motors, and it is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Battery power is supplied by a high-performance lithium-ion battery pack, and additionally, the roof is integrated with a solar panel helps to power the vehicle as well.

The plug-in hybrid system of  the Buick Envision is unique. It runs only on electric power from the start, and when the vehicle needs more power or the battery is running low, the gasoline engine instantly kicks in to provide a Smart Charge for the battery. If greater power is required, the engine remains as the main power source while the pair of electric motors help with the additional power.

As for the chassis for the Buick Envision, it is composed of carbon fiber, magnesium and aluminum, which mounted on an MRC electromagnetic suspension. Damping can be actively controlled according to road conditions on its all-wheel drive system.

The Buick Envision is still a concept model, and from the looks of the pictures, it seems like that we won’t get to see it in production anytime soon.