Buick teased the arrival of the China-market Envision last month and gave us a few specs, now it's teasing the midsize crossover's interior and features. Having said it will "set a new benchmark in terms of space, safety, performance and specifications," we're told that equipment like the heated leather steering wheel and Bose-sourced active noise cancellation are market firsts in the segment.

Elsewhere, light will shine on occupants through the panoramic roof during the day and via ice blue ambient lighting at night, and seating surfaces are being shown off with dual-stitched leather. Lane departure warning and parking assist help keep the bodywork in order, stop/start ignition fitted to the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with 256 horsepower and 260 pound-feet will help keep fuel economy up. One more convenience for the model's core buyers: a tailgate that can be partially opened.

The Normal, Tour, Sport and Off-Road driving modes come courtesy of FlexRide, that last one – meant for extra-light-duty dirt work, naturally – appearing on a Buick for the first time.

The Envision greets the world on August 28 at the Chengdu Motor Show. Word on the Internet streets is that we'll eventually get it as well, slotting between the Encore and Enclave. There's a press release below with more details.
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Buick Envision Interior Photos Revealed
New SUV features blend of luxury, refinement and advanced technologies


SHANGHAI, 2014-08-15 – Shanghai GM has published photos of the all-new Buick Envision premium midsize SUV, which will make its premiere in Chengdu on August 28.

The Envision combines Buick's signature 360-degree integrated design with several new interior styling elements, including a driver-friendly left-tilted center console. Black piano trim surrounds the Envision's eight-inch color touchscreen, giving the instrument panel a streamlined, modern feel. Chrome trim clearly delineates various functional areas.

The area beneath the center console is wrapped in burgundy leather accentuated by French-style dual stitching. It includes thoughtfully arranged shift knobs and heating and air conditioning controls. The split center armrest has ample space for personal belongings with a USB port. The refinement extends to the materials used on the door panels and rear passenger space.

The Envision comes with a comfortable leather-wrapped three-spoke sport steering wheel with a segment-first heating element to keep drivers' hands warm on chilly days. Buttons and knobs on both sides of the steering wheel allow the driver to activate cruise control, play music and make Bluetooth phone calls while keeping their hands on the wheel. The light yet rigid seats have an ergonomic design that provides premium support and comfort.

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) is also a segment-first feature in the Envision. It works with the Bose sound system to cancel out incoming noise and deliver a home-theater-like listening experience. Ice-blue ambient lighting adds to the serene environment.

The FlexRide system in the Envision offers a choice of four driving modes: Normal, Tour, Sport and Off-Road. The Off-Road mode, available for the first time in a Buick model, is ideal for driving on slippery, unstable or bumpy surfaces. The Envision also comes equipped with parking assist, engine start/stop and lane departure warning.

A large panoramic sunroof with a sunshade that shuts electronically to block out light gives the cabin a spacious feel. The rear lift gate can be completely or partially opened to make it more convenient for loading and unloading cargo.

General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 10 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2013, GM sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles in China. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.


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      Philip Kozakieiwcz
      • 4 Months Ago

      i noticed that the Buick tri-shield logo sports its classic red white and blue look in one of those pictures.  i say very good! give those chinese customers a healthy slice of Americana!

        cruzer
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Philip Kozakieiwcz

        I like the current Buick logo but I'd love it if they made ours red, white and blue as well. USA!

        normc32
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Philip Kozakieiwcz

        China gets that tri shield, NA gets open and non-colored.

      cruzer
      • 4 Months Ago

      I love the interior and exterior of this car. This Envision looks like a winner. I may have to save up for one of these. Buick is quickly becoming my favorite brand.

      mbukukanyau
      • 4 Months Ago

      So, Is Buick going to let Buick North America and Opel have this product? 

      Paul Pheonix
      • 4 Months Ago

      I love Buick cars, I think Buick is an American Car brand.

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      Eta Carinae
      • 4 Months Ago

      Ill address the elephant in the room.........buick, what is that mouse like pad in the middle of the arm rest ? Details........

        Autoblogist
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Eta Carinae


        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kziBJto5egM

        Here's you answer and it's been on European Insignia/Regal for at least a year now. I don't know why GM didn't keep the option available NA market 



      Jakes
      • 4 Months Ago

      I like Buick more than Cadillac and it's selling way more thanks to a revamped lineup.

      Nowae Amigivingittwo
      • 4 Months Ago

      So in China all the dashboard has english characters instead of chinese ones?

      Jay
      • 4 Months Ago

      ok so here it goes. That interior is a horrible mess. Way too many materials, colors, textures, etc.. It's just not a coherent design. They have piano black finished mixed with a grey wood and plastic aluminum or chrome accents. Really? 

        jphyundai
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jay

        I grew up being driven around in ex gov Mopars. These were stripped cars unlike anything sold today. This is a beautiful design that perhaps has been lost on those who already have everything.

      Gunbuster
      • 4 Months Ago

      Is the model in those shots featuring the H. R. Giger trim level? I guess those old interior designers from Pontiac didn't retire after all.

        jphyundai
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Gunbuster

        When I was growing up, I loved those old Pontiacs. There is nothing like a fully loaded Pontiac Grand Ville. Jimmy Hoffa used to drive a 1974 Grand Ville coupe. 

      jphyundai
      • 4 Months Ago

      Very pretty, I love it!!!

      GoSpeedRacerGo
      • 4 Months Ago
      Nice looking interior, but why won't Buick ditch the fake wood?
        mbukukanyau
        • 4 Months Ago
        @GoSpeedRacerGo

        On the top trim levels they use real wood and all real materials in their top trim levels, (I think they call it signature) Leather group II. You can also order Bespoke Buicks in China and US.

        In the US Bespoke Buicks have New Kyoto Maple, Phantasm, and Shadow Tamo Ash wood trim selections are available, the latter exclusive to the new Ultra Luxury package. LaCrosse models equipped with the Ultra Luxury package also have bespoke Sangria-colored semi-aniline premium leather for the seats, center console armrest, and door panel armrests, as well as Ebony cabin accents and synthetic suede covering the headliner and roof pillars.

        jphyundai
        • 4 Months Ago
        @GoSpeedRacerGo

        The real reason why Buick will not lose the fake wood is it has always sold cars. It still does. Fake wood looks better than blank bare plastic in the eyes of most people. Therefore a sale is made.

      blasds78
      • 4 Months Ago

      I know the article is about the interior of a not-for-sale-here car. Buttons...infotainment...leather...yada, yada, yada. 

      The best part of the article for me:  I'm happy that Buick still chooses to name its vehicles rather than the alphabet soup approach.

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