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Buick fully reveals China-bound Envision crossover

Designed primarily for China, the Envision is about the same size as a BMW X3.

Following numerous teasers, Buick has fully revealed its Envision crossover at the Chengdu Motor Show. Vaguely previewed by a concept presented in Shanghai in 2011, the Envision crossover was designed primarily for the Chinese market but it will likely make its way to the United States in the next few years.

Riding on a brand new platform, the Buick Envision stretches 183 inches long, 70 inches wide and 65 inches tall, dimensions that make it roughly the same size as a BMW X3. The crossover wears a familiar front end that falls in line with Buick's latest design language thanks to a large grille with horizontal slats and elongated headlights.

The interior images reveal that the Envision will boast a well-appointed cockpit available with several dashboard trim materials including real wood. An eight-inch touch screen will run Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, and buyers will be able to select high-tech driving aids including a lane departure warning system and automatic parking assistance.

As expected, the crossover is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 256 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and stop/start come standard on all trim levels, along with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that can split full torque between the front and back or between the rear wheels.

The Envision will likely go on sale in the near future, though a firm date has not been announced. Buick has not officially confirmed the Envision will reach the United States but an earlier report indicates the crossover will be launched in late 2015 or early 2016. When it debuts, the Envision will slot between the subcompact Encore and the full-size Enclave.

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