As with most new vehicle debuts, it’s tough for an automaker or brand to keep a lid on things. Leaks happen constantly, and that is what is currently happening with pictures of the upcoming Buick Envision crossover which will first launch in China and then North America.
To start: the vehicle will have a generously-sized digital screen fitted in the center of the instrument panel. There’s also an abundance of suspension settings, including Sport, Tour and Off Road, which are reminiscent of the selective ride control found on the Buick Regal. Meanwhile, there’s no shortage of parking sensor and lane departure buttons, because we all know just how tricky maneuvering into a space in the mall parking can be. And yes, there’s push-button start.
On the infotainment side, we see a very Lexus RX-like touch pad and buttons fixed onto the top of the center console, helping to clarify what market the new crossover will target. Buick officials tell us that the touchpad will help Chinese customers spell out the words of their vast language alphabet, though we can assume it features more usefulness than that. Meanwhile, there’s a chronograph on the left side of the IntelliLink head unit, which is not found in the Lexus, which looks kind of dull by comparison.
For the second row, the sunroof stretches far into the back for occupants to gaze into the sky above (a la Cadillac SRX), though it eliminates the ability for the vehicle to have a rear-seat entertainment monitor positioned there. The backs of the front seats, meanwhile, are also clad with — sadly — plastic. Though based on our first impressions, it seems that this compact Buick crossover gives the brand a solid chance at campaigning in an ever-growing segment.