Changes on this compact crossover in the future are a certain thing, considering that the current generation has been around for a while. However, things aren’t perfectly clear at the moment. While some reports suggest a complete overhaul, others speculate about another update of the current generation. In any case, the 2021 Buick Envision is expected to come with change. How big are they going to be? We will see.
The current and the first generation of this crossover has been for a while. Although the North American model arrived in 2016, this crossover was actually launched in 2014, for the Chinese market. That’s the reason why many believe the 2021 Buick Envision could come completely redesigned. On the other side, other reports suggest the North American model could be late once again, just it was the case with the initial launch. This means we might see changes that the Chinese model received last year.
2021 Buick Envision Redesign
If we talk about a redesign, the thing would mean a lot of significant changes. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the platform. The new 2021 Buick Envision would switch from the current D2 to the new VSS architecture, which would bring benefits in all aspects, particularly in terms of comfort and overall driving experience. Along with the new platform, we would also see big novelties under the hood. Of course, we count on turbocharged units, with smaller displacement, which is the current trend in the automotive industry.
When it comes to the styling, the 2021 Buick Envision would probably bring a completely new design language, which would be a kind of departure from the current design language, which still takes a lot of inspiration from the former sister brand, Opel. Once again, we expect from Buick to walk on a fine line between premium and mainstream segment, so hi-quality quality with loads of features seems like a safe bet.
2021 Buick Envision Facelift
The other scenario suggests another facelift instead of a complete redesign. In this case, we would see all those changes that were already presented in China. This model came with a variety of interesting novelties and, of course, the focus is on the styling. Most of the changes came at the front, where you can see new front fascia with a larger radiator grille with a thicker chrome strip and a larger logo. Also, there are new LED headlights with a new shape, as well as new daytime running lights, while the bumper has been slightly revised as well. The rear end also came with a couple of interesting novelties, particularly in terms of new taillights.
Interestingly, this update hasn’t brought any particular change on the inside, so we are pretty sure that the North American model will continue in the same way as well. This means you may count on the same amount of quality materials, which make this cabin looks pretty opulent. However, there is still a small margin between this crossover and premium rivals. On the other side, we like the fact that the cabin comes fully equipped, including a highly-intuitive infotainment system. Things like heated, eight-way power-adjustable seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard, as well as tech goodies like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio etc.
With more than 108 inches in wheelbase, you may count on two quite comfortable rows of seats. Both rows are generous in terms of the legroom, though the second row could be more generous in terms of the headroom. The front seats are massive and supportive.
Currently, there are two engine options in the offer for this compact crossover. Base models are equipped with a familiar 2.5-liter four-cylinder unit, which is good for 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque and comes with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. On the other side, higher trims come with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for quite impressive 252 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and comes with a new 9-speed automatic transmission.
Some reports suggest this update might also bring a smaller 1.5-liter turbo engine, which is good for about 170 horsepower.
2021 Buick Envision Release Date and Price
Whether we see a completely new model or not, the 2021 Buick Envision won’t arrive before the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, the current model goes around 32.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Mazda CX-5, Lexus NX, Lincoln Corsair etc.