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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