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Buick Envision is a Bulck in China

Published on October 22, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Buick Envision is a Bulk in China

I am in the great city of Dalian in Liaoning Province for business. Coincidentally I am staying in the same hotel as where Buick has organized the local press launch for the new Buick Envision SUV. They had a table in the lobby for registration, and next to the table stood a backdrop. The text reads: ‘Driving force for Bulck  Like the Sea’. They can’t get their own name right. Can’t be a good car, then.

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The Envision riding the waves. They got Buick right here. Guess they copy-pasted the logo. The sea and such refers the Dalian being a sea-port city with a lot of boats and relatively clean air.

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They had one Envision parked in front of the hotel, made extremely ugly with ugly white stickers. The stickers had technical explanations written on, saying that the Envision was 4×4, and powered by a 2.0 turbo, and all such stuff more.

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The car is actually quite nice in person. Not very exciting, but I can imagine it might become popular.

The Bulck Envision is a China-only SUV. It is manufactured by the Shanghai-GM joint venture. Price starts at 269.900 yuan and ends at 349.900 yuan. The Bulck Envision debuted last month on the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show.

Lone engine is a 2.0 turbo with 260hp and 363nm mated to a six-speed automatic. It will soon be joined by a low-output variant of the 2.0 turbo with 200hp and 280nm, and in 2015 a 170hp 1.5 turbo will join the line-up as well. GM is reportedly working on a hybrid variant based around this 1.5 turbo but it is yet unknown when this variants will hit the market. The low-output variant of the 2.0 turbo will bring price down to about 230.000 yuan and the 1.5 turbo to about 210.000 yuan. Size: 4667/1839/1663mm, wheelbase is 2750.

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