Meanwhile, a camouflaged Envision was spotted this week in a parking garage in suburban Detroit, the latest in a string of U.S. sightings of test mules. GM is mum on whether the Envision will appear on American shores, but sources say its U.S. launch is slated for late 2015 as a '16 model.
The China version of the five-seat crossover is powered by the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine offered on the Chevrolet Malibu, combined with a new, GM-designed six-speed transmission with stop-start, the company said.
It features a new "intelligent" all-wheel-drive system that includes two electronic clutches in the rear axle to automatically distribute torque both from front to rear wheels and between the rear wheels, similar to Audi's Quattro system. GM says it offers a more responsive, comfortable ride.