Buick Envision is a relatively new addition to brand’s lineup and actually the first mid-size crossover carrying this badge. This vehicle with Chinese roots sits between the larger three-row Enclave model and more compact Encore. It debuted in late 2016 in a limited number of options and brand extended model’s range for the 2017 model. The next iteration of this model will be the 2018 Buick Envision.
What should be changed?
In late 2016, this model debuted in two top trims and with the single turbocharged powertrain. For the 2017 model year, the model expanded its lineup with two lower trims, naturally aspirated engine option and front-wheel drive option. So, the model is fresh and well-equipped crossover ready to continue to the new model year largely unchanged.
2018 Buick Envision: Styling
The Buick Envision fits perfectly between the Encore and Enclave and also follows their design language. Some, sources suggest that 2018 Buick Envision will already experience some styling changes that will distinguish this model from the Chinese counterpart. However, we expect that this model will continue to the new market year with largely unchanged appearance.
The Envision is handsome crossover and it features familiar brand’s face. The ribbed grille carries brand’s badge in the middle and sits between nicely shaped headlights which also have nice LED DRL accents. The front bumper also fits nice to model’s front design and model has an attractive profile as well. Sharp profile line stretches from the front fenders to the LED taillights. Front fenders are also nicely sculpted and swollen contour continues from its base and blends while reaching the rear wheel wells.
The model will also feature attractive and stylish interior design. Curvaceous dash attracts attention with its rich contours and holds well-arranged controls. It also has a low position which provides good forward visibility.
On the other hand, the model will feature high-quality materials that even exceeds the class’ expectations but that will affect model’s price. The Envision will also provide well-contoured and comfortable front seats and rear comfort and legroom will also be generous. The model will also offer segment’s average cargo capacity with a maximum of 57.3 cu ft.
The Envision will be available in four trims. It starts with the base Convenience level and then comes the Leather option. Two top trims will be Premium and Premium II.
The standard equipment will include features like 18-inch wheels, fog lights, automatic headlights, keyless ignition and entry, etc. There will also be dual-zone climate control, active sound insulation, cloth upholstery, heated and power front seats. The brand’s IntelliLink infotainment interface with an 8-inch screen, smartphone compatibility, satellite radio, 8-speaker system will also be available.
For the more money, in higher trims, the model will also offer three-zone automatic temperature control, leather upholstery, heated steering wheels, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, head-up display, etc.
In the list of safety features, it will include parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, surround view system, forward collision mitigation, etc.
2018 Buick Envision: Engine options, Mileage
Two engine options will be available with the new 2018 Buick Envision. The first is naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit. It will be capable for 197 hp and torque of 192 pound-feet. The front-wheel drive will be standard as well as a 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive will be present as an option.
The turbocharged alternative will be a 2.0-liter engine. It will good for 252 hp and torque of 260 lb-ft. This engine will power Premium models and will come with an advanced four-drive system which can distribute power between wheels and front to rear. With this powertrain, you should expect the fuel economy of 22 mpg combined.
2018 Buick Envision: Availability, Price
The 2018 Buick Envision version should come on the scene in late 2017. The price range should change much. Expect starting price close to the current $34, 000.