When the 2016 Buick Envision was revealed for the North American market, Buick told us to not expect much flexibility with its trim levels and features. Instead, the 2016 Envision is arriving fresh off the boat from China exclusively with the 2.0-liter LTG four-cylinder turbo engine and all-wheel drive.
But during yesterday’s reveal of the 2017 Buick Encore in New York City, the brand announced the Envision will become available in front-wheel drive and with 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder Ecotec LCV engine. The changes will likely take place for the 2017 model year Envision, as the 2016 model year will arrive at dealers this spring. The timing makes sense given that Buick has scurried to get the Envision to North America as quickly as possible in order to capitalize on the rapidly-booming crossover segment. In doing so, it has focused on bringing the well-equipped versions first.
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It’s very likely the front-wheel drive and 2.5-liter four-banger will create a lower entry price point for the Envision. We have been unable to confirm whether buyers will be able to mix and match the two engines with AWD or FWD at this time.