Buick has officially unveiled the Envision concept at the Shanghai Auto Show. It previews a production model which will be built for the Chinese market.

Buick has officially unveiled the Envision concept at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Created to preview a production model for the Chinese market, the concept features a bold design with scissor doors, a solar panel roof, and 22-inch aluminum wheels.

While the exterior is a little fussy, the cabin has a minimalist design with Italian leather seats, maple wood trim and metallic accents. Other highlights include ice-blue lighting, hidden air vents, a 3D head-up display and an infotainment system with internet connectivity.

Motivation is provided by a plug-in electric hybrid system which combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with a pair of electric motors that are located in the eight-speed automatic transmission. Performance specifications weren't released, but GM says the Envision operates in EV mode at low speeds. When the lithium-ion battery is depleted, the petrol engine acts as a generator to recharge it.

To maximize efficiency, the Envision rides on a lightweight chassis that is constructed out of carbon fiber, magnesium and aluminum. Additionally, the concept has an active damping suspension and an all-wheel drive system that modulates the torque output to each individual wheel.

Check out the press release for additional information

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