GM Introduces the 2016 Buick Envision Luxury Crossover

DETROIT – 01.10.2016 – The 2016 Buick Envision is an all-new luxury compact crossover with segment-challenging driving dynamics, advanced technology, connectivity and Buick’s trademark interior acoustics. It is a global vehicle, designed from the ground up as a Buick luxury compact crossover. It goes on sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2016.

“The all-new Buick Envision is a modern, confident and responsive luxury compact crossover that combines the brand’s core characteristics with great performance features like our HiPer strut suspension,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “That dynamic experience behind the wheel is complemented by Buick’s signature luxury, whisper-quiet cabin and connectivity features to benefit drivers and passengers alike.”

Vehicle highlights include:

  • 252-horsepower (186 kW) 2.0L turbo engine with stop/start technology, Buick’s first crossover vehicle application of HiPer Strut front suspension and Buick’s first active Twin Clutch AWD system
  • LED daytime running lamps and rear LED accent lights
  • Efficiency-enhancing features including active grille shutters and a structure incorporating mass-reducing high-strength steel, and an aluminum hood
  • Standard heated front seats, rear seats, and steering wheel; available cooled front seats
  • Sliding, 60/40-split rear seat, offering the flexibility of more legroom for second-row passengers
  • Standard eight-way power-adjustable front seats and four-way-adjustable lumbar
  • Kneeling cushions in the second-row seat enable a flatter load floor when the seat is folded
  • Standard tri-zone climate control with rear-seat controls
  • Programmable power liftgate with hands-free operation
  • Active noise cancelation

·       Standard nineteen-inch aluminum wheels

  • Passive entry and push-button start with standard remote start
  • Standard Bose premium sound system
  • Available panoramic moonroof.

The Envision is also designed to carry more than its competitors, with more rear cargo space than the Acura RDX and the Lincoln MKC. It’s also roomier for passengers, with more rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room, and overall Environmental Protection Agency-rated passenger volume than the MKC.

Design rewards with attention to detail
Designers and engineers were given a clean slate to develop the Envision and they employed supercomputer technologies to help make the most of the architecture for strength, stiffness and quietness. Every aspect of the vehicle’s design and its effect on refinement was taken into consideration – even the available panoramic moonroof was designed for lower wind noise when open.

“The Envision represents a compromise-free design that enabled the development team to do the things luxury customers appreciate,” said Judy Brennan, chief engineer. “Our attention to detail yielded tremendous strength and stiffness of the platform, which is evident in exceptional ride and handling characteristics.”

The clean-sheet design and stiff structure helped eliminate an estimated 22 pounds (10 kg) of add-on material to create whisper-quiet interior acoustics.

And while those attributes lie beneath the Envision’s skin, the skin itself is instantly recognizable as a Buick crossover with contemporary proportions, flowing lines and detailed surface features.

“There is tension in the Envision’s design that reflects elegant athleticism, rendering a planted stance that enhances driver confidence,” says Bryan Nesbitt, global executive director, Buick design. “It’s dynamic and youthful, with features that support the vehicle’s technologically advanced ambience.”

Envision features Buick’s signature winged headlamps and standard heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. Articulating Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps are available.

Dynamic passenger environment
The Envision’s interior features a “floating,” wraparound instrument panel sweeps into the door panels, for a flowing, organic and inviting appearance that complements the exterior.

“To put it simply, the Envision’s cabin combines beauty with innovation,” said Nesbitt. “It telegraphs dynamism like nothing else in the segment. Everywhere you touch is a stitched, soft surface. Everything you touch is designed for intuitive, effortless functionality.”

The large center console storage bin features damped dual wing-type doors that provide easier, less-obstructed access and allow the driver or passengers – even those in the rear – to access the storage bin without disturbing the other.

Technology and connectivity
The new Envision offers a standard 8-inch Buick IntelliLink screen, as well as available OnStar with 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

IntelliLink is the contact point for much of the Envision’s technology and connectivity. It provides intuitive operation of basic functions, yet is capable of linking up Bluetooth devices such as smartphones, as well as SD cards and MP3 players. Four USB ports, four 12-volt outlets and a 120-volt outlet are included.

A new steering wheel for Buick debuts in the Envision, featuring thumb-operated toggle switches that make it easy to scroll through the IntelliLink menus and vehicle features in the driver information center.

Powertrain and performance
The 2016 Envision features a standard 2.0L turbo engine SAE certified at 252 horsepower (186 kW) and 260 lb-ft of torque (353 Nm), which is more standard horsepower and torque than an Audi Q5. It is paired with a third-generation six-speed automatic transmission.

Performance and efficiency is enhanced with Stop/Start technology – Buick’s first application on the 2.0L turbo engine. It seamlessly shuts down the engine when the Envision comes to a stop under certain driving conditions, such as a stoplight. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake.

The 2.0L turbo engine is offered exclusively with AWD, giving the Envision performance consistent with vehicle’s ride and handling capabilities. The turbocharger features a twin-scroll design that helps the engine deliver a broad torque band, for a greater feeling of power on demand. Ninety percent of peak torque is available from 1,800 rpm to 5,500 rpm and the full 260 lb-ft of peak torque from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm.

The engine is designed with refinement-enhancing features such as balance shafts and sound-attenuating components; and is isolated on a hydraulically damped substructure that helps quell noise and vibration. Four powertrain mounts are used rather than the conventional three.

Ride and handling
The Envision’s robust structure is the foundation for a balanced and confident driving experience. Buick’s HiPer Strut front suspension reduces torque steer and benefits steering feel. It’s a feature inspired by the athletic Regal GS sedan and that is not currently offered on any crossover vehicle, including competitors such as the Audi Q5.

The Envision features Buick’s first active Twin Clutch AWD system designed to make the most of handling and stability in all driving conditions. It is a fully automatic, on-demand system engineered to deliver sure-footed handling in low-grip conditions, while also contributing to a quieter and smoother ride with minimal torque transferred to the rear wheels when all-wheel-drive traction isn’t needed.

Safety features
The Envision offers 360 degrees of available passive and active safety technology, including 10 standard air bags, available Automatic Park Assist, available Surround Vision camera system and Buick’s first use of Lane Keep Assist, which is standard.

Automatic Park Assist measures a suitable parallel or perpendicular parking spot and steers the vehicle into it, while Lane Keep Assist helps the driver keep the vehicle in the lane with an automatic steering adjustment when an inadvertent lane departure is detected.

A rearview camera is standard, while the available Surround Vision provides an overhead view of the Envision that enhances the driver’s vision at low speeds, such as parking and reversing.

Additional 2016 model year standard and available safety features include:

  • Standard side-curtain and knee air bags
  • Standard Safety Alert Seat, which pulses to alert the driver about a possible crash
  • Standard Front Park Assist, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Standard Following Distance Indicator
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control
  • Standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution
  • Standard cornering brake control and brake assist
  • Available Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Available Collision Mitigation Braking.

Safety and security features also include OnStar technology with Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.

2016 Buick Envision Specifications:

Overview

Model: 2016 Buick Envision
Body style / driveline: four-door, five-passenger compact crossover; front engine transaxle, all-wheel drive
Construction: steel body frame integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders, roof, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel, aluminum hood, thermal plastic olefin (TPO) bumper fascias
EPA vehicle class: SUV
Manufacturing location: Yantai, China
Key competitors: Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Lincoln MKC

Type: Ecotec 2.0L DOHC I-4 VVT DI Turbocharged
Displacement (cu. in. / cc): 122 / 1998
Bore & stroke (in. / mm): 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86
Block material: cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC, four-valves per
cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
Valve lifters: hydraulic roller finger follower
Ignition system: coil-on-plug
Fuel delivery: high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 252 / 186 (est.)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 260 / 353 (est.)
Recommended fuel: premium recommended but not required
Max. engine speed
(fuel cut-off):
6800 rpm
Emissions controls: close-coupled, catalytic converter, positive crankcase ventilation; evaporative system
Additional features: extended-life spark plugs; extended-life coolant
EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy) TBD

Engine

Transmission

Hydra-Matic 6T70
Type: six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive
Application: standard
Gear ratios (:1):
   First 4.48
   Second 2.87
   Third 1.84
   Fourth 1.41
   Fifth 1.00
   Sixth 0.74
   Reverse 2.88
Final Drive 3.17

Chassis/Suspension

Front: Specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings; HiPer Strut suspension
Rear: Four-link independent rear with hollow stabilizer bar
Traction control: all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
Steering type: electric rack-and-pinion power-assisted with cross-wind stabilization and road-shake stabilization
Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock: 2.67
Turning circle, curb-to-curb
(ft / m):
39.5 / 12
Steering ratio: 15.6 to 1

Brakes

Type: four-wheel disc w/ABS and electronic stability control
Brake rotor diameter – front
(in / mm):
12.6 /321
Brake rotor diameter – rear
(in / mm):
12.4 / 315

Wheels/Tires

Wheel size and type: 19-inch aluminum
Tires: 235/50R19 AL3

Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm) : 107.9 / 2740
Overall length (in / mm): 183.7 / 4666
Overall width (in / mm): 72.4 / 1839
Overall height (in / mm): 66.8 / 1697
Front track (in / mm): 1575 / 62
Rear track (in / mm): 1575 / 62

Interior

Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 3
Headroom (in / mm): 39.96 / 1015 (front)
38.5 / 977 (rear)
Legroom (in / mm): 40.9 / 1040 (front)
37.5 / 952 (rear)
Shoulder room (in / mm): 57.0 / 1448 (front)
55.8 / 1417 (rear)
Hip room (in / mm): 54.4 / 1381 (front)
53.1 / 1348 (rear)
EPA passenger volume
(cu ft / L) :
100.6 / 2849
EPA interior volume (cu ft / L): 127.5 / 3610.6
Cargo volume (cu ft / L): 26.9 / 761 (behind rear seat)
57.3 / 1622 (rear seat folded)

Capacities

Fuel tank (gal / L): 17.3 / 65.5
Engine oil (qt / L): 6.0 / 5.7
Curb weight (lb / kg): 4047 / 183
Trailering rating (lb / kg): 1500 / 680

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Previewed: The All-New 2017 Buick LaCrosse

Expressive, Avenir-inspired design cues introduce the new face of Buick

DETROIT – 09.22.2015 – Buick today confirmed the all-new 2017 LaCrosse, with a preview of its Avenir concept-inspired design cues.

A striking evolution from current Buick models, LaCrosse features a grille design that puts a new face on the brand, including a new, three-color tri-shield insignia set on a wing-shaped element. Contrasting with darkened waterfall grille bars and spanning the width of the opening, it connects the grille and headlamps, and emphasizes LaCrosse’s new sculptural surfacing.

The design was introduced on the Avenir concept and was inspired by the 1954 Wildcat II concept. It’s a face all Buick models will adopt by 2018.

“The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models.”

The next-generation LaCrosse’s design is framed on an all-new chassis that is stronger yet lighter than the current model and serves as the foundation for a more dynamic driving experience. New technologies such as a five-link rear suspension contribute to a more responsive ride, while taking Buick’s signature quietness to a new threshold – and it’s a premium feature not found on many other full-size luxury models, including the Lexus ES.

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse debuts in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

FAST FACT: Buick’s tri-shield logo is rooted in company founder David Dunbar Buick’s Scottish family crest.

Storm Watch: Buick Makes Getting Around Bearable

DETROIT – 08.28.2015 – As Tropical Storm Erika makes its way toward the Southeast, residents of Florida and the Carolinas are preparing for the storm to make landfall. While vehicle technologies can neither prevent flooding nor restore electricity, Buick confidently forecasts they’ll help make getting around more bearable:

All-wheel drive (AWD): Vehicle control is everything in wet conditions. The beauty of all-wheel drive – available on the Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Encore and Enclave – is it automatically senses when there is a loss of traction and sends power to the wheels that need it. The driver does nothing.

However, as smart as AWD is, it’s no substitute for common sense and adhering to local emergency laws. This includes avoiding standing water. According to the National Weather Service, two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.

StabiliTrak: Electronic stability control has been proven to be one of the most effective safety innovations since safety belts and air bags. Buick’s standard StabiliTrak system helps drivers control their vehicle on wet pavement and uneven road surfaces.

StabiliTrak works by recognizing when the vehicle is in an understeer (fishtail) or oversteer (plow) mode. Sensors detect the difference between the direction the driver is actually turning and the vehicle’s response by “reading” the steering wheel position, the amount of sideways force, vehicle speed and how the vehicle is turning.

If necessary, the system automatically applies precise amounts of brake pressure at individual wheels and reduces engine torque to help safely put the vehicle on its intended path.

IntelliLink and available OnStar 4G LTE: The only thing worse than a hurricane is being isolated in one. Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system pairs with owners’ mobile phones to provide safe, voice-activated connectivity. That means they can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel in the event of trouble.

IntelliLink builds on the safety and security of OnStar, which enables subscribers to access emergency services through the push of a button. OnStar advisors are emergency trained and have access to up-to-date information that can help guide drivers to safety or get help to stranded customers. If you’re caught on the road during a flash flood watch or warning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends drivers stop and seek higher ground immediately.

Available OnStar 4G LTE in the 2015 LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore provides additional connectivity, including a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that can be used as a mobile hub to keep in touch with friends and family during a power outage. OnStar 4G LTE can connect up to seven devices through a simple, seamless high-speed connection with a powerful antenna.