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The Buick Enclave has a little brother

The official decision has indeed been taken and it's next year, this new crossover compact type of vehicle will be available in North America.

In fact, there is a decision more logical and pretty easy to take for the leaders of the brand, which after the demise of the Pontiac brand, need to increase the supply of products claws Buick.

Based on the Saturn VUE

Although the network of dealers, General Motors Saturn is about to move to the American group of Roger Penske, the engineering developed on the models of this brand, seems to REMAINED intellectual property of GM.

Thus, the new crossover compact type of vehicle that will carry the Buick emblem, will be designed and developed around the platform of the latter, in addition to enjoying many of its major mechanical elements.

Recall, however, that it has never been a clone of the Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent, but rather the little cousin of American models Opel / Vauxhall Antara original Europeenne and models Chevrolet / Holden Captiva available in South America for one and for the second Australia. All these vehicles were designed based on the Theta platform GM.

The Buick approach

A car or vehicle beneficiant logo Buick normally enjoys a style of its own and the newcomer will be no exception to this rule. We can expect to discover a CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) compact, different designs and meet the criteria of the brand, this chapter.

Four and six cylinder

As base engine, it will have a four-cylinder Ecotec 2.4-liter direct injection and variable valve timing. Optionally, you will find a 3.0-liter V6 has direct injection. The power of these engines have not been disclosed, then we can imagine that they could benefit from some improvement compared to the data of the engines offered on other models of the family of GM products.

'2-Way technology Plug-in Hybrid '

Somewhere in 2011, the new Buick CUV will be offered an additional engine, called 'plug-in'. It will consist of a V6 3.6-liter flex-fuel, coupling two electric motors themselves coupled to batteries rechargeable lithium-ion battery, supplied by the company LC Chem, which for the occasion will open a factory North American soil.

Rating performance, GM announced that this plug-in hybrid system takes between four and five hours, at most, for a full recharge from a household outlet.

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