The Buick Envision has been on sale in North America and in China since 2016. Unfortunately, the compact crossover has failed to capture a controlling stake of its segment, consistently being outsold by the Lexus NX and Acura RDX. Having received a refresh for the 2019 model year, the Envision is getting a few minor very minor changes for the 2020 model year, which represents its fifth year on the market. Let’s review what’s new and different for the 2020 Buick Envision.
The biggest changes are to the color palette, as the 2020 Buick Envision replaces two existing colors with two new ones.
- Galaxy Silver Metallic
- Bronze Alloy Metallic
- Espresso Metallic
- Dark Moon Blue Metallic
The updates to the exterior leave us with just a single remaining change – the removal of the LPO-level front and rear splash guards. The splash guards will, however, remain as an over-the-counter accessory, though availability will be limited.
And that’s all that’s new and different for the 2020 Buick Envision. The compact CUV will soon see increased internal competition with the all-new Buick Encore GX on the lower end and the Cadillac XT4-based Buick Enspire on the upper end. But that doesn’t mean that the current Envision isn’t a worthwhile undertaking for The General: every Envision is manufactured in China and is therefore considered to be additional “spill-over” sales volume that’s believed to be highly profitable for the automaker.
However, General Motors will soon have to pay an import tariff on the Envision, as the vehicle will be impacted by new Chinese import duties enacted by the Trump administration. Though GM originally petitioned to exclude the Envision from any tariffs, the request was recently denied. As such, GM can either pay the fines, move Envision production to the North American region, or discontinue the Envision outright in the United States. Let’s see which way it will go.