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Buick Envision Concept – Click above to enlarge

Buick has a huge presence in China, where customers have placed the Tri-shield brand on par with the world's leading luxury automakers. It makes sense, then, that Buick would choose the Shanghai Auto Show as the location of choice to showcase the brand's new compact crossover concept.

General Motors says the Envision integrates global design with local Chinese-oriented aesthetics. GM says that the concept was made to have an "elegant and smooth exterior that emphasizes its modern styling and contemporary sportiness." The concept is also said to pack the new technology that the company hopes will eventually be a staple of the Buick brand, including an advanced plug-in hybrid system.

The Buick team isn't showing us much with this teaser sketch, but we can at least see plenty of sharp lines, a pair of sinister-looking taillamps and a lower rear fascia treatment that might look good on the Buick Regal GS. The General will officially unveil the Envision concept at the Shanghai Motor Show on April 18. Hit the jump to look over the brief press release.

[Source: General Motors]
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Shanghai GM announced today that Buick's new concept SUV, the Envision, will make its global debut in Shanghai on April 18 on the eve of Auto Shanghai 2011.

The Envision was jointly developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC). It integrates global design with local aesthetics for the China market, adhering to Buick's "dynamic, fluid, quiet and comfortable" design essence. The SUV has an elegant and smooth exterior that emphasizes its modern styling and contemporary sportiness. The Envision is equipped with an advanced plug-in hybrid system and loads of other new technologies, projecting the future of Buick products.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      From this angle, it looks like the Infiniti Etherea concept. Regardless, if this is where Buick designs are headed, the future will be bright for them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's the rumored / expected baby Enclave, and a good thing.

        Interesting detail - note the tri-color tri-shield!

        We haven't see that in ages.

        Like it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      But, whill it have the traditional vertical bar grille? On the one hand, the grille truly identifies the car as a Buick. On the other, I know people that still think of the Buick grille as a signal that a Social Security recipient with bad eyesight and a handicapped parking card is coming. You can't pay them to drive a Buick, no matter how futuristic the vehicle is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        With how well Buick is growing (and growing younger), the AARP image is going away.
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Bangle would be proud!
      • 4 Years Ago
      yes, I like the scooped and elongated tail lights, in line with the currents trends; the rounded hatch is nice too; just put them in production faster - keep the same platform for two generations, and update the designs in faster cycles (4 years)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's about time! Didn't GM say the production 'Encore' was coming a while ago?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Id like to see more of this thing. Im diggin that design on the back. I hope it carries to the front fascia, too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, Buick had this styling first... many years ago. It is Infiniti that is copying Buick.

      • 4 Years Ago
      looks sinister.

      now bring it over to the US
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make it a standard hatchback..
      Make it sporty...
      They will come..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @alpha gnome. Nice haiku. Unfotunately it belongs on another post. Were you referring to the UK market?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Assuming the Verano sells well enough, Buick will likely get the Opel / Vauxhall Astra hatchback.

        If that and the Turbo continue to sell, we might even see a Buick Astra OPC / VXR in due course. That'd be pretty awesome.

        Even better if Buick gets to reskin the Astra as a Wildcat, but at this point, the wishlisting is too obvious.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ cameron42985

        How does it belong on another post if I'm referring to the vehicle in this article?

        The vehicle teased above, without any info to accompany it, could easily be mistaken for a hatchback since crossovers and hatchbacks tend to share a common profile. The back window, however, looks to be quite steep and accompanied by a short rear deck. I, for one, would prefer it be a hatch... Just sayin'.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has potential.

      I think Buick's current design language is nice, but needs to turn it up a notch or three... its just slightly too tame.

      This teaser shot gives me hope that GM will make Buick a little more dynamic than it is today. With the way that cars like the Hyundai Sonata are selling, I think its clear that a group of the market wants more exciting styling. Leave the more conservative styling to Chevy.
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