Buick introduced the Envision for the the 2016 model year in limited, highly-specced configurations along with a relatively high price. The 2017 Buick Envision changed that, introducing less luxurious trim levels and powertrain configurations, making it more financially accessible, enabling the crossover to gain a sizable foothold in the premium compact crossover segment, a space that has been defined by the Lexus NX and Acura RDX
To wit: the Envision accounted for 14,193 U.S. deliveries in 2016, and is on track to double that sales figure for 2017. Suffice to say, that the product is on point, so it would only make sense not to change it up too much, if at all. And that’s exactly what is happening for the 2018 model year, as the 2018 Buick Envision is getting one minor new feature for the 2018 model year. Truth be told, the item in question is not even a feature. Instead it’s a new accessory — an all-weather floor liner. Assigned RPO code RIA, the LPO-level item can be purchased and installed for all model years of the Envision.
The updates and changes described here are specific to the U.S. market and may be different for other markets.
The GM Authority Take
GM would do well to increase Envision availability (supply), since the market — enabled by a seemingly-insatiable hunger for crossovers at the expense of sedans — is ripe for vehicles like the Envision. We wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Buick could sell twice as many Envisions (roughly 7,000-8,000 a month) as it does currently (between 3,000-4,000 per month) in the United States. Doing so, however, would likely call for producing the vehicle in North America, as the factory where the Envision is currently built in Yantai, China does not have the capacity to produce an additional 3,000-4,000 units every month.