Buick Envision Set For Refresh This Year38
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.
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Envision simply isn’t an attractive option. Chinese Enckave would be a fantastic replacement and could gain popularity due to midsize plus dimensions.
To thrive Buick must make itself a unique premium offering with an Audi desirability benchmark yet Acura price. Th it s can be done, and done without harming Cadillac provided marketing makes clear each brand has a unique “soul”. Buick, due to its pairing within GMC, could really benefit from a large soft midsizer.
I wish they would at least try the Chinese Enclave here…..if it doesn’t sell then don’t.
cadillac doesn’t have audi desirability. you are asking a lot from buick.
Yeah. It’s already on the lot. Rated equal to the Audi A4 for $15,000 LESS. Made in Germany with German sport performance influence. It’s called the Buick REGAL and the clueless boneheads at GM killed it. I’m NOT buying a MAJOR item like a vehicle that’s made in China where they have been CHEATING the USA for DECADES. #BoycottChina
The Chinese bought over a Million Buicks last year. Name another country that buys our cars. Boycott somebody else; Japan, Germany ?
READ & get educated before you go off half cocked on public forums.
1. Read the History of WHY the ruling class of Communist China favors “Buicks” for now. And it won’t last.
2. READ about the Communist Chinese infiltration of our Higher Edu Facilities & State of the art RESEARCH programs, the Chinese National spies already kicked out of the country that #FakeNews won’t tell you about……..
3. FAIR Trade??? #BoycottChina has been dumping product on the States for decades with little interest in reciprocity. NOT a small problem to pay no attention to.
Most people don’t know that story about the ruling class in China so I’m glad you’re brought it up there’s a lot of history there that needs to be told so some people here understand it better
I never said the Chinese were perfect like us. Try reading James Bradley’s book “The China Mirage” and learn how Franklin Delano Roosevelts father Warren Delano made his family fortune in the China opium trade and you might lose some of your arrogance. Mr. Bradley, (who’s father was on Iwo Jima when the flag was raised) explains our country’s history with China. You see, actually, I read a lot.
I’m glad that they gave the Buick Enclave a little freshening, and I hope that sales will increase.
I meant to write Envision.
the vehicle some people love to hate….I’ve had mine almost 3 years, completely trouble-free, rides like a small Enclave which I had before and much more solid than the flimsy Terrain I had in between. I am seeing more of them on the roads…..this refresh is fine but Buick needs to show the new Enspire and get it to market soon…..and build it here.
It is very unfortunate that Buick everywhere else in the world is doing just great the United States market however is a different story. The problem with general motors is they don’t allow the old Spirit of competition between divisions run its course… It appears that they save all of the really hot engines for Cadillac and it appears that Buick get left in the dust. The funny thing is I have in 2019 encore essence and I absolutely love it. Who did have used another 50 horsepower yes…but I love it it’s a great car to park into drive it smooth has just enough power and it’s as quiet as a mouse. It will be interesting to see over the next few years whether or not Buick retains any kind of a profile it in the US… The problem is that the upper echelon or so-called leaders at GM don’t have the inside you would think by now they would know that if they spice up the Buick division Liz a couple of rip roaring engines track inspired handling packages Buick regal find itself doing really well I hope that the general motors people have the brains to make relevant vehicles whether or not they are electric is irrelevant… But if they want a market share they need to spice up their division
This is truly great news! Any sense when this might launch in the US? And, could the Enspire also launch simultaneously? One can only hope.
My personal expectation is that it will be around the Q3 2020 timeframe.
GM is sure taking it’s time to show us the 2021 model. The NYAS next month is the last major show in the US until the LAAS in November. And, if the Premium 2 trim is around $50K, that’s practically the same price as a Cadillac XT4 Premium Luxury and Sport trim. Too bad the Enspire won’t launch until 2022.
I fear Buick is making some huge mistakes by making the brand more bland.
1. Portholes have been eliminated from Encore and Envision, while Kia, Audi, Volkswagen and others steal that unique Buick design cue.
2. The names are just awful. Envision and soon Enspire. Regal just got named best sedan at JD Power, so Buick should put that name on the Enspire instead. You can say the design evolved. DO NOT dump a name with a great reputation.
Leave the Envision in China. We don’t want Chinese made cars in North America.
Do you think ANYONE of the overpaid dunces in that big a$$ ugly building in Detroit have a clue about the GROWING #boycottChina sentiment??? The Chinese Gov has been cheating the USA in trade & stealing intellectual Property Rights for DECADES!!!
The pricing on the Envision may be a factor on sales however I believe the real issue is this is a vehicle that was designed, engineered and built in China and then shipped to North America. Just maybe had this product been built from the outset in North America sales may have been quite different.
Exactly Ron. #BoycottChina cheaters.
the only refresh should be is to build it in America , it is an American brand to be assembled by American hands so American workers are put to work to afford to buy one .
It can’t compete because quite simply, it’s over-priced. And “Built in China” doesn’t help its appeal, or lack of.
Love the “OK Boomer” jerk offs. You can guarantee they don’t pay the mortgage payment.
Love the “Will never buy a Buick from China” jerk offs. You can guarantee they won’t be alive or driving in the next decade so their opinion on the matter is irrelevant since millennials are the emerging market for luxury and premium cars. After all we don’t really care about where a car is made, as long as it drives and rides well, because we aren’t stuck in “America First” mentality in regards to the auto industry.
Adam, all of North America should be protecting our jobs, not just the older people. And yes we do care about where a car is made. When our country loses jobs it affects everyone, not just auto workers. I will never ever purchase a vehicle that is made in Mexico or China, no matter what. That is my guarantee.
When I said “we” that implied my generation. We don’t care where a car is made plain and simple. You all claim to love the brand, I have no doubts that you do. But all you’re doing is hurting the brand. Buick needs to survive in order to do so it needs to outsource production it seems. This is seen in every industry. At the end of the day it’s your choice to boycott a model based on its origin.
Please don’t say we as if I am grouped with you, I am not, nor are many other millennials. You should care about where its made, what is wrong with you??
Grow up “Adam”. Get a life “millennial”. Quit spending ungodly amounts of time on SM trolling “boomers” who have lived most of their lives and see how DUMB & CLUELESS you $hit don’t stink gimme gimme gimme free stuff “feel the Bern” morons. How much student debt you got big shot, that will forever cramp getting your dream house or car??
As of today, I have 0 student debt, I’m graduating with a degree in Actuarial Sciences and a minor in accounting in a few months, and I’m currently applying or Graduate school, and I drive a 2015 Buick Verano (my dream car). What points are you trying to make? So because I don’t care that a car wasn’t made in America I’m by default a Bernie fan? (News flash, I’m a Republican thank you).
Thanks for the Biography “Adam”. Looks like you’re well on your way to being another over educated know it all by the time you hit 30. Live a little bit, then see if you want to continue to embarrass yourself with moronic disrespectful “OK Boomer” comments. Enjoy your ride Son.
I’m totally comfortable with my comments. The only one who seems uncomfortable with it is you. Only proving the stereotype.
I have a wonderful envision and it was my second. Now I don’t. One that is not made in the USA but I have had wonderful experience s with my BUICK for over 30 years. I’m deeply loyal to my country and always will be. I don’t think you. who use vulgar language on your mailing should have the audacity to be on the mail because your attitude is what is wrong with our country.We. need to come together and thank God that we are so fortunate that our country has been represented by the many that fough6 so we can do what interests us.
I walked into a dealership ready to buy and then found out it is built in China. Love the vehicle but won’t buy it because of that.
it sounds like some of the comments are written by people with no respect
The price for the Envision has always been too high to generate many sales. That and perhaps because it is built in China may have something due to the less than stellar sales figures. If the Envision somehow gains sales traction hopefully
GM can shift production to the US. I would consider a pre owned certified Envision except the ones I have seen for sale either have a light colored interior & those “panoramic” sunroofs. First if you own a dog you know that a light colored interior will end getting dirty real fast. Second there, good probability that those sunroofs could end up leaking as the vehicle ages. Third that awful start/stop feature. I like the Envision much more than the Enclave from the few I have seen it seems to be the right size.
I am currently leasing a 2019 Buick Envision. I LOVE it. it handles very well, has lots of “go power” and is a very comfortable ride with the heated, leather seats . I also like the fact that it is mid size, It’s not to little or to big. Just right. I was very seriously thinking of buying it after the lease is up because I love it so much! BUT, after this Covid/19 problem and the fact that my car is made in China, I don’t think I will be purchasing it or any vehicle make in China. I really wish that GM Buick would make the Envision in America, It’s a very well made car and all the safety options are awesome. But, until they do I don’t think I will be buying one.
You’re not alone Fran. Wake up America!! #BoycottChina