Buick GMC U.S. Vice President Duncan Aldred has confirmed plans to import the Buick Envision from China.

Buick GMC U.S. Vice President Duncan Aldred has confirmed plans to import the Buick Envision from China.

In an interview with Automotive News, Aldred said the crossover will be a "catalyst" for Buick as the brand will offer a "class-leading vehicle in the heart of the U.S. auto industry."  The executive went on to praise the model by saying it was benchmarked against the Audi Q5 and it offers an equal or better ride-and-handling experience.

The US-spec Envision will reportedly be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 252 bhp (188 kW).  It will be connected to a six-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system. 

Further down the road, Aldred says Buick could introduce a front-wheel drive variant with a different engine. In China, the front-wheel drive variant uses a 1.5-liter engine that produces 166 bhp (124 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque.

The executive went on to say the US-spec model will come nicely equipped with automatic park assist, a 360° panoramic camera, and heated rear seats that recline.

Pricing will be announced closer to the model's launch in the summer of 2016 but Aldred suggested the Envision will be priced competitively with the Acura RDX which starts at $35,270.

Source: Automotive News

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