Buick Envision Concept
As the U.S. preps for the 2011 New York Auto Show, the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show is already getting underway. One of the first concepts revealed at the show: the Buick Envision plug-in hybrid crossover concept.
Though the press-release doesn't explicitly say the Envision is running on Volt technology, it does say it "incorporates GM's world-leading PHEV plug-in hybrid system," possibly an oblique reference to the system and possibly a cue as to what to expect from the recent Crossvolt trademark registration. Curiously, however, the Envision is also all-wheel drive, with a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine of undisclosed output. A pair of electric motors drive the other two wheels, drawing electrons from a lithium battery.
Billed as a concept, the crossover's shape is definitely a bit more flowing and faceted than a production vehicle--but the glimmer of something nearly road-worthy isn't far beneath the surface. The scissor doors, of course, will have to go should GM decide to built the vehicle, as will the micro-cameras used to replace the rear-view mirrors.
Key tech features in the Envision concept include a "next-generation" intelligent Bluetooth system that links mobile phones to the Web, an OLED touch-screen interface, a heads-up information display on the windshield, a solar panel roof to augment electrical loads, and a carbon fiber/magnesium/aluminum chassis. Electromagnetic suspension elements handle ride control, with adjustments done on the fly
LED lighting and 22-inch wheels finish off the exterior, while the interior is bathed in ice blue ambient light and wrapped in maple and metallic trim.