We’ve spied the 2019 Buick Envision testing on local roads, but in China, the brand has revealed the freshened crossover. No surprise, the mid-size crossover gains Buick’s latest design motif with sharper creases and the reinstatement of the colored tri-shield badge.
Notably, the front grille receives the brand’s winged chrome element and redesigned headlights. Below the grille, a freshened lower bumper with chrome trim and foglights remains but it arguably looks much more appealing than the current Envision. From the photo’s angle, the rear hatch sports sharper creases at the tailgate and taillights, which again, help the crossover look much more modern than the rather bulbous rear end currently in production.
On the mechanical side, the Envision will be offered with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission when buyers select the optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. China gets a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as a base powertrain. In North America, lesser-trimmed Envisions receive a six-speed automatic, but the 2019 model will also usher in the nine-speed automatic for the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine.
We can expect nearly identical design changes for the model when it shows face as well, though the naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine isn’t going anywhere for North American buyers. We’ll likely see the crossover debut sometime next year as a 2019 model.