2011 Buick Envision Concept

General Motors has unveiled the Envision at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. While the concept itself won’t be put into production, the company says it "represents a convergence of future ideas and technology for Buick in the market."

The Envision Concept was developed by Shanghai GM and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), and according to GM, integrates global design with local aesthetics for the China market, adhering to Buick’s "dynamic, fluid, quiet and comfortable" design essence.

The Envision has inherited Buick design DNA and taken the Buick global design language to a new height. It makes a significant statement for Buick styling and technology, and will influence upcoming models from the brand," said Ed Welburn, GM Vice President of Global Design.

And, in trend with all the latest concept cars, the Envision incorporates GM’s world-leading PHEV plug-in hybrid system.

Updated 04/18/2011: This review has been updated with the official images and details on the new Buick Envision Concept. Hit the jump to read the full details.


Buick Envision Concept

The new Buick Envision Concept is defined by dynamic lines, sharp angles, and curved shapes. Up front there is a two-layer traditional Buick waterfall grille with large air intakes, a Buick tri-colored shield insignia, headlamps and fog lamps inspired by the traditional Chinese patterns, and LED technologies.

The side features sharp lines, powerful wheel arches, a one-piece roof, and a set of 22" doubled-layered aluminum alloy wheels. A very important feature of the concept are the scissor-style doors with sensors. At the rear it gets slim, sharp porcelain-like tail lamps integrated with gleaming LED lights.


Buick Envision Concept

On the interior, the Envision gets a 360-degree all-around integrated design and unique asymmetric central console. The general look is a combination of high-quality galaxy-blue and sand-beach white Italian leather with high-class maple and metallic materials with a velvety texture.

The list of technologies includes the next-generation Bluetooth DUN Intelligent Internet system and three micro-cameras replacing the rear view mirrors.


Buick Envision Concept

Under the hood of the Envision, Buick has placed GM’s breakthrough PHEV plug-in hybrid system that combines a 2.0-liter SIDI intelligent direct injection turbocharged engine with a pair of electric motors and an automatic/manual eight-speed transmission. The electric motors are powered by a high-performance lithium battery and a solar energy roof with optical equipment.

When Can I Buy One?

Buick Envision Concept

Buick said that the Envision itself will not be put into production, so do not expect to see this on the road. However, design elements and technologies will be used in future models.


Buick Envision Concept

A production version of the Envision with the exact same look as the concept would have plenty of success on the market, but since this car isn’t being produced and GM brings cool cars to every other market, but USA, we’re not going to be seeing it anytime soon. We know there are already lots of hybrid crossovers out there, but the Envision has something that catches our eye; it’s a combination of sporty and elegant, a combination that should have been used for all GM models.

Buick Envision Concept
  • Impressive exterior look with scissor-style doors
  • Hybrid powertrain
  • Futuristic interior
  • A production version Buick will never look as cool as the concept
  • We’ll never get it


Impressive exterior indeed but I’m not impressed with the scissor style door and the interior is really quite good and refreshing. Bad thing that they will not put this on production.

The scissor type door is quite cool for me it suites the angst image of this Envision concept and I love the futuristic interior of this.

The article say a lot of good things about this Buick Envision Concept and it irritated me so much to know that Buick will not put this on production.

Bad thing that they will not put this one on production. This concept is really an awesome and I’m pretty sure it will hit the market so why don’t you put in production?

The figure performance of the hybrid car is not that impressive. This is more of an gasoline-hybrid engine. This vehicle is a eco-friendly car but we should expect that it would come up in a higher price tag.

The styling of the car is quiet remarkable. With the LED lights and scissor door of the car I’m glad that the exterior doesn’t look bloat loaded. The interior seems so stylish with the high quality material used on its accessories.

This is very impressive for a hybrid car. I also like its scissor-style door for it makes thecar look aggressive. This concept MUST be put into production. Dynamically, the output of the car is really awesome and promising.

It is really cool! I’m so impressed with the scissor style door, and I love the fact that this one is a hybrid car. Great!

Whoa! What a car! Its look perfect for me, from the exterior design to the interior was really impressive. I love the futuristic look of this Buick Envision especially the interior design. 

Well, it seems that Buick would be coming up with newer platform and seems that this one looks better compare to their previous model!

Wow! When I saw this car the first thing that I have noticed is the platform! I really love the futuristic styling here! I bet when this goes in production this would sell like hot cakes.

With the awesome detail of this car I bet it has a great chance that we will be seeing this car on Buick future production car.

I like the futuristic design of this car and I think the LED lights add to the awesomeness of this concept. Too bad that this will not be in the production. I hope to its detail on their other production.

I’m wondering why it takes a long time before Buick will offer a newer version of car. I really like really the futuristic design of this car though Im afraid that this car wouldn’t be line up for future production.

Dude, try browsing the official website to find out the latest development of this Buick Envision Concept.

This one is really quite nice. Buick is definitely back and alive with the work that they did here. It is a good thing that they are now really expanding their work.

I think for a hybrid car, this one looks good! I thought it was a coupe or hatchback car.. Well, I find it good though I bet that it would come up with a higher price tag!

hmm. It seems that there’s a growing demand in Chinese market! Well, as far as I know this car manufacturer has a large market in China! BTW, I thought they are trying their own brand? Well, I just hope that it will be reliable like Buick cars.

Yeah, the inside body is too boring and I think there’s no high technology feature available here. Still I’m wondering what would be the performance of this car.

The body of this car looks so compact and small. However, I find the design for the interior kind of boring .

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