Back in November, we wrote about the mid-cycle enhancement (MCE) for the Buick Envision following its debut in China, with the updated crossover arriving with new styling and a pair of turbocharged engine options. It was unclear at the time whether or not the refreshed Envision would make it to the U.S., but now we have confirmation that the updated crossover is indeed set to arrive stateside.
Speaking at the GM Capital Markets Day event earlier this month, the President of GM North America, Barry Engle, announced that GM will launch a list of new crossovers in the U.S. this year. That list includes the new Chevrolet Trailblazer, the Buick Encore GX, and “updated models of Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse, Buick Envision and Enclave, as well as GMC Terrain.” The announcement confirms that the refreshed Envision is indeed set to arrive on these shores.
So far, the Envision has struggled to find success in an otherwise popular segment. As we covered previously, the Envision is currently one of the slowest selling vehicles in the U.S., with a large supply of stock still sitting on dealer lots. The reason behind the Envision’s poor performance may be down to pricing, with the Envision’s premium MSRP difficult to justify in the face of stiff competition.
According to recent Buick Envision sales numbers, the crossover posted just 24,849 sales year-to-date in Q3 of 2019, which is a modest 10-percent bump over the 2018 year-to-date figures.
That said, it’s possible the model’s upcoming mid-cycle enhancement will help to bolster those figures. Looking ahead, it’s expected that the U.S.-spec vehicle refresh will mirror the Chinese-spec Envision refresh, given the crossover is imported from China for sale stateside. As such, the refreshed Buick Envision will likely offer revised styling with new fascias front and rear, as well as new LED headlamps and reshaped tail lamps. Engine options are expected to include the turbocharged 1.5L LFV four-cylinder, which produces 169 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, as well as the turbocharged 2.0L LTG four-cylinder, which produces 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.