Buick's new seven-seat Envision debuts in Shanghai.
Buick's commitment to crossovers continues at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show with the debut of the new Envision Plus, a three-row version of the Envision SUV that slots between the Encore GX and Enclave. In terms of dimensions, the Envision Plus measures 190.7 inches long, 74.1 inches, wide and 66.7 inches tall, with a "segment-leading" wheelbase of 111.5 inches. This makes it 7.2 inches longer than the regular Envision, while the wheelbase has extended by 2.1 inches allowing for a more spacious interior with seven seats.
In its range-topping Avenir guise, the Envision Plus features a unique mesh grille with a full-width chrome bar and rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels.
It's also equipped with full LED headlights and unique taillights with clear lenses revealing a jeweled design inside. Chrome accents applied to the front, back and tailpipes give the Envision Plus an upscale look.
In terms of tech, the new three-row Envision Plus is equipped with Buick's latest eConnect 3.0 infotainment software with over-the-air updates along with a range of driver assists including high beam assist, pedestrian detection, automatic parking assist and enhanced adaptive cruise control. Buick hasn't released any details about the display, but the Envision's available 10.2-inch touchscreen should carry over.
Under the hood, the Envision Plus is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system generating 233 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. US availability of the Buick Envision Plus hasn't been confirmed yet, but there's a good chance it will be sold in the US since Buick also brought the Encore GX to America.
While Buick is a crossover-only brand in the US, the Verano sedan lives on in China. Debuting alongside the Envision Plus at Shanghai is the new Verano Pro, a premium family sedan with a youthful design that will "resonate with the younger generation in China."
Like the Envision Plus, the front features a full-width chrome on the grille that extends from the Buick badge to the LED daytime running lights. A GS design package is also available, which includes a large darkened honeycomb-shaped grille, a black roof, unique side skirts, double-spoke wheels, and three exclusive exterior colors. Inside, the high-tech cabin incorporates two 10.25-inch screens for the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system navigation, OnStar, and voice recognition technology.
By 2025, Buick will launch five new electric cars in China that will share the same Ultium platform as the Cadillac Lyriq and the electric GMC Hummer Pickup and SUV.