The Buick Envision isn’t new to this world, but it did make its North American debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. The crossover has had results in China and Buick is hoping to replicate it back in its home turf. It’s also worth noting that the Buick Envision will likely be the first vehicle to become imported by a Big Three automaker from China.
The Chinese-made Buick Envision compact crossover heads to dealerships in the U.S. this summer, and prior to its debut at the Detroit auto show it’s been spotted testing close to the Motor City The crossover will fill the middle spot among the subcompact Encore and the midsize Enclave crossovers, two models which have noticed a important surge in demand in the last 24 months.
2017 Buick Envision Details
With most crossover buyers prioritizing amenities over acceleration, Envision shoppers might be content to understand that the base Envision includes a long list of standard gear. Heated front seats, automatic climate control, a backup camera, and remote start out all are incorporated on the base model, while the mid-level trims offer you alternatives like a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, heated rear seats, along with a blind-spot warning system. Like most current General Motors models, all 2017 Buick Envision models may also have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
2017 Buick Envision Engine
Anchoring the entry-level end of the lineup is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder rated at 197 hp and 193 lb-ft of torque. A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, meanwhile, ups the ante with 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Envisions with the turbo motor are only supplied with all-wheel drive (AWD), although the 2.5-liter is out there with either front- (FWD) or all-wheel drive, based on trim level. Either way, a 6-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox on provide.
Standard regardless of powertrain is Buick’s HiPer Strut front suspension, which is designed to improve traction and handling under full-throttle situations. Snow-belters will appreciate the optional AWD, which utilizes a twin-clutch setup to more swiftly transfer power to the rear of the car when slip is detected. Though the Envision is surely not meant to become an off-roader, it can deal with a very good snowfall.
2017 Buick Envision Safety
On the safety front, the Envision is available with a host of camera and radar-based collision avoidance technologies. The optional Surround Vision system utilizes cameras all about the vehicle to offer a virtual 360-degree view through the infotainment screen to help drivers avoid nearby obstacles. At greater speeds, a Safety Alert Seat pulses the driver’s seat base if it detects the Envision is either drifting into an additional lane or about to collide with a further vehicle. Moreover, an accessible full collision-avoidance system will bring the crossover to a halt so that you can protect against or mitigate the severity of an impact.
2017 Buick Envision Price
The price? GM executives have indicated to Automotive News that the Envision will likely start out in the mid-$30,000 range, to remain competitive with other vehicles in the premium compact crossover segment.