• Apr 15, 2011
Buick Envision Concept – Click above to view the image gallery

Back in 2007, General Motors unveiled the Buick Riviera concept at the Shanghai Auto Show. The handsome concept featured a lot of the design cues that we now see every day in the LaCrosse. At the same time, the Riviera showed that The General's sometimes dowdy Buick brand could rock a coupe as well as the next brand.

Four years later, GM is going back to the two-door at Shanghai, but this time we're talking about the crossover-like Envision concept. GM tells us that the design illustrates "elegant and smooth exterior that emphasizes its modern styling and contemporary sportiness." We don't know about all of that, but the sketches show the Envision could be a very handsome crossover that may suggest us what the next Enclave could look like. The whole gullwing coupe thing is another matter, as the doors look longer than a school bus, and a pillar-less crossover doesn't sound all that reasonable.

The Envision is also said to include the expected plug-in hybrid technology that is all the rage with concept cars these days. The sketch of the interior, which are showed in the gallery below, is fanciful and not for production. The Envision concept will be officially unveiled at Shanghai on April 18.



[Source: General Motors via China Car Times]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      NOT a Riviera. Not even a Rivieraette. Tata Nano drivers beware, the competition is catching up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this looks very good; a nice evolution of the current design language. However, it DOES seem to be influenced by Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture theme(not a bad thing, really). I hope this does translate into the next-gen Enclave's styling. I would much rather see a Mazda 5-ish vehicle in their lineup(Opel Zafira, anyone?) instead of yet ANOTHER CUV that slots below the Enclave. They can offer something different, but still make it luxurious.
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Enough with all these concepts! Where are the SUPER COUPES!!! When can I get the new Riviera!?!?!?! Buick needs to come into the 21st century or you'll be like Pontiac and Saturn!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know they wouldnt make it to production, but Lambo-style doors? Really?

      Overall its pretty sharp lookin, though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buick has nothing on their lot that excites me. This however is pretty hot.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like they took one of those Lotus concepts from Paris was made into an SUV.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whats with the post apocalyptic background of that render scene? This thing is zombie proof?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks alot like the Ford Vertrek concept. :/
        • 3 Years Ago
        Looks like they hired a Hyundai designer to do these concepts :=)
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's that on the right? A chick that's about to fly?
      • 3 Years Ago
      that looks near identicle to the infiniti FX's.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't Peugeot introduce this exact same vehicle two days ago???
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