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Buick’s Chinese model lineup has been expanded with the introduction of the all-new Envista crossover. The vehicle is described by the American automaker as “a high-spirited urban compact SUV” designed and developed for the People’s Republic’s young generation of customers. It will compete in China’s compact crossover segment, which is one of the most popular and crowded automotive segments.
While a new high-riding vehicle for China is not usually a very exciting topic, the Envista piqued our interest because Buick claims it introduces a new global design language for the marque. The front features sleek headlights, a large grille in the lower section of the bumper, and Buick’s new logo, which were inspired by the Electra-X Concept. The Envista has a coupe-crossover profile with a sloped roofline and short overhangs. A premium overall feel is created by muscular fenders and a forward-leaning nose.
The Envista is 182.6 inches (4,638 mm) long, 71.5 inches (1,816 mm) wide, and 61.6 inches (1,565 mm) tall, with a 106.3 inch wheelbase (2,700 mm). Despite the black pillar trim and ceiling, the interior, according to Buick, is airy and light. A dual 10.25-inch screen with a fully digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen for the infotainment system running Baidu navigation dominates the dashboard. There are physical buttons for controlling the HVAC system and the basic audio system.
The Envista is only available with one engine option. It has 181 horsepower and is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged Ecotec gas engine (135 kilowatts). The engine is mated to a CVT, allowing the crossover to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.9 seconds. Buick claims a fuel consumption of 6.52 litres per 100 kilometres, or approximately 36 miles per gallon.
A 360-degree surround-view camera, wireless charging pad, wireless Apple CarPlay, over-the-air software updates, and other features are standard or optionally available. The Envista is Buick’s first vehicle to feature the Tune Melody premium audio system, which was developed in collaboration with Arkamys. As an option, a sporty-looking GS package is also available.
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