In the North America, the Buick Encore and Enclave make around
60% of all Buick sales. As impressive as this seems, Buick
still has a gap between the two models which means they are not
exploiting the crossover market to its fullest.
The Buick needs a mid-size crossover to sit in between the
sub-compact Encore and the full-size Enclave. Buick has decided
to ship in the 2016 Buick Envision all the way from China. The
automaker’s announcement of the plans to ship the Envision from
China put to rest rumors that had been going around for over a
year. The model is expected to make its maiden debut in
the US at the upcoming 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January.
2016 Buick Envision Exterior
The exterior of the Buick is a blend between the Chinese model
and the current Buick design on American models. We can thus
say it is a blend between the East and the West.
From nose to tail, the vehicle stretches 183.7 inches and is
107.9 inches wide. At the front, the vehicle features a
waterfall grille that dominates the front look. The Buick logo
is located at the center of the grille. Flanking the grille are
Xenon headlamps which are adopted from the Encore as well as
boomerang LED DRLs. The front will also feature a
redesigned grille with active grille shutters which help
enhance its efficiency.
On the rear, the vehicle features a clean look with an
automatic tailgate featuring the automaker’s logo at the
center. The rear also features a round-shaped window and LED
taillights. To complete the look is a chromed bar that appears
as if it is interconnecting the taillights. It will ride on
19-inch alloy wheels.
2016 Buick Envision Interior
The interior styling will be similar to that of the model
selling in the Chinese market. The only difference will be the
fact that the model will not be offered in the 4-seat version
with captain chairs since the seats are not a hit in the US as
they are in China.
The US models will feature 5 seats with the base models
upholstered in cloth and leather in higher trims. The vehicle
will nonetheless feature a host of standard features which
include; a new infotainment system, a navigation system,
climate control, adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.
Higher trims will feature a 8.0-inch touch screen integrated
with the IntelliLink system, a three-zone climate control,
power front bucket seats, hands-free power lift gate and Safety
Alert Seat for the driver. The steering wheel will be
heated and wrapped in leather. Optional features will include;
ventilated front seats, a panoramic moonroof, OnStar 4G LTE
featuring a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 360-degree surround vision camera
and automatic park assist among others.
According to our credible sources, the 2016 Buick Envision will
be powered by a single drive-train. The unit will be a 2.0 L
turbocharged, 4-cylinder engine that will pump around 252 hp
and 260 lb-ft of torque.
The engine will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission
that will send power to all wheels (front-wheel drive will be
offered later) through a twin-clutch AWD system similar to the
one we saw on the 2017
Cadillac XT5 model. The model will also be hooked up with
active grille shutters to enhance its fuel economy.
Details on the engine’s fuel economy, acceleration and top
speed will be released when the model nears actual sale later
in 2016. Keep checking this page for more information.
Price and release date
GM is yet to announce the price of the 2016 Buick Envision but
according to rumors, the entry level model will cost around
MSRP $ 30,000 with well equipped models costing as much as $
Sales will commence later on in 2016 after the model makes a
debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show next month. Ford is closely
monitoring how this vehicle will perform in the US, as the
automaker also intends to ship in the Taurus
When it arrives, the Buick Envision will do battle with the
Lincoln MKC among others.