Introduced in the United States market for the 2016 model year, the Buick Envision has catapulted Buick into a very competitive position in the compact premium crossover space. And for the 2019 model year, it is getting some updates and changes that should make it even more desirable among its competitive set, according to changes we managed to scrape from the order guide.
The 2019 Envision only sees one mechanical change: the replacement of the 6-speed auto with the new GM 9-speed transmission.
The change is limited to the Premium trim levels (1SN and 1SP); the base (1SV), Preferred (1SD) and Essence (1SL) trim levels continue with the existing 6-speed transmission.
The 2019 Envision ditches the Midnight Amethyst Metallic color in favor of Satin Steel Gray Metallic, maintaining the crossover’s exterior color choices at six.
More notable is the introduction of LED lights for the compact CUV. The rear gets a new set of LED tail-lamps with low-profile design while the front sees the introduction of Bi-LED units on the Premium (1SN and 1SP) trim levels. For the 2016-2018 model years, the Premium II trim level (1SP) featured articulating projector beam high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, while the Premium I model was equipped with halogen lights. The base (1SV), Preferred (1SD), and Essence (1SL) trim levels get projector beam high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps as standard equipment in place of the 2016-2018 model’s composite halogens.
What’s more, the single-outlet stainless steel exhaust on the base (1SV), Preferred (1SD), and Essence (1SL) trim levels (paired with the base 2.5L engine) is replaced with a hidden, turned-down exhaust.
And finally, two existing 19-inch wheels are replaced with two other designs:
- LPO-level 19-inch ultra-bright machine-faced wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets replaced by 19-inch aluminum wheels (LPO)
- 19-inch, 10-spoke aluminum with premium Manoogian Silver finish wheels replaced by 19-inch aluminum wheels
Strangely absent from the change list is the replacement of the monochrome Buick logo with the tri-color logo that has been making a comeback on new Buick models. Even so, we expect the 2019 Envision to get the tri-color logo.
On the inside, the 2019 Envision replaces the Ebony (seats) with Dark Plum (interior accents) color combination with Dark Galvanized leather-appointed seats with Ebony interior accents.
It also replaces Ice Blue interior lighting with White, seen on the instrument panel and front door trim.
A Word About The Changes
As mentioned above, we compiled these updates from a dealer order guide for the 2019 Envision, which means that these updates:
- Have yet to be officially announced, and
- Can change at any time prior to the launch of the 2019 model year, especially as it relates to the Buick logo and any potential updates to the grille or fascias
In addition, photos of the 2019 Envision are not yet available and will be released as we approach the launch of the 2019 Envision.
More Information & Reporting
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