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2021 Buick Envision First Look

  • An all-new generation of premium compact crossover
  • Range-topping Avenir trim comes on stream
  • Turbo power exclusively
  • On sale early 2021

Images of the 2021 Buick Envision have been released, along with a few details. The main detail is that this is a completely fresh generation of Buick’s compact crossover.

The Envision has been good for Buick, helping the marque make some hay while the crossover sun shines. The soon-to-be-outgoing model is appreciated for its generous space and upscale features. There’s going to be an even better story when the 2021 version comes along early next year.

Starting at Square One

The imminent Envision is based on a new platform. Buick says: “This is an all-new architecture when compared to the [2020] Envision. It’s our global Mid SUV architecture and it debuts for Buick GM’s new electrical architecture — recently launched in the Cadillac CT5, Corvette C8 and others.” It’s not the foundation that’s going to be turning heads, though.

The styling of the new Envision will be doing that. A clear departure from Buick’s largely forgettable efforts of recent years, it should put the Envision in contention with rivals whose design philosophies are considered much more evolved. Lower and wider than the generation before, the 2021 Envision’s lines and proportions are harmonious and well-considered.

Buick’s Avenir trim is the most luxurious level for its vehicles and is applied to the Envision for the first time with this new generation. From an exterior design view, Avenir means rolling on the largest available alloy wheels and most likely some special paint colors.

The Parts that Make the Whole

The best driveline choice in the current 2020 Envision is the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a slick 9-speed automatic transmission. That’s the setup propelling every 2021 version.

Right now, it produces 252 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, with energy either going to the front wheels or all four. Buick hasn’t given any definite figures yet, but we’re assuming they’ll be along these lines. If there are any plans for a hybrid, then they’re still locked up in Buick’s vault.

Safety features, however, are already being mentioned. The standard stuff includes forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keeping assistance, and a safety alert seat. Higher up the 2021 Envision ladder is a self-parking function, rear camera mirror and a head-up display.

The largest infotainment display in the 2021 Envision will be a 10-inch touchscreen. Connectivity takes a front seat with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and Amazon Alexa compatibility, along with apps like Pandora and Spotify.

Although we don’t know yet what exactly is in the Avenir trim, we’re pretty sure leather upholstery and wood trim will be involved. Assuming Buick carries over its Quiet Technology array of active noise-canceling and acoustic insulation, then every 2021 Envision should have the silent treatment.

Scooping Up the Big and Not-So-Big Spenders

It won’t be until later in 2020 when more information becomes available, things like trim levels (apart from the Avenir) and pricing. But if we use the 2020 range as our guide, we can expect a starting figure close to $35,000. That would put it below the Cadillac XT4 and Lexus NX.

Some people looking at more expensive rivals might weigh up the amount of features they’re getting for the money, then check out a well-equipped 2021 Envision and decide that this smart-looking Buick would be the smarter call.

In another dealership across town, where certain buyers — frustrated by the wide financial gap between common cars and full-on luxury marques — might have thought their only choice would be a high-trim mainstream model, even though they aspire to something with more upscale appeal. With the 2021 Buick Envision, those aspirations could be met. Find a Buick Envision for sale

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