When GM announced the all-new 2021 Buick Envision in May, it stated that it will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0L engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, without providing any other technical details. Since then, GM Authority has reported on several details associated with the new Envision, including outlining the specifics of the vehicle’s suspension system. And now, we have some new details to share, this time about the optional all-wheel-drive system that will be on offer.
Front-wheel-drive will be standard on the 2021 Buick Envision – something that was well-expected given the new vehicle’s transverse-engined roots. However, the new compact crossover will also offer an optional all-wheel-drive system with an active twin-clutch configuration.
The twin-clutch design of the optional AWD system in the 2021 Buick Envision is capable of independently controlling torque to each rear wheel based on road conditions. In inclement driving environments, such as wet, muddy or snowy conditions, the twin-clutch system delivers superior traction and vehicle control by reducing torque to a wheel where slip is detected, and diverting it to a wheel with greater traction.
The system is also capable of enhancing handling and cornering in dry-road conditions. The twin-clutch setup provides additional control around curves by sending torque to the outside wheel that is experiencing more traction-enhancing downward force, instead of the inside wheel.
Some might notice that this configuration appears to be identical to that seen in the Cadillac XT4 – and they’d be exactly right. After all, the two small crossovers share their architecture and general underpinnings.
Regardless of its drive wheels, the 2021 Buick Envision will be powered by the turbo 2.0L LSY four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Production of the 2021 Buick Envision will take place at the Jinqiao plant in Shanghai, and the very first units are scheduled to begin arriving at U.S. dealers in the first half of the 2021 calendar year.
Additionally, the 2021 Envision represents the second generation for the Envision nameplate. The vehicle will slot between the Buick Enclave and Buick Encore / Encore GX in the brand’s lineup, and it will be called the Envision S in China. Meanwhile, the Envision Avenir will be the top trim level, representing the first time that the Avenir moniker will grace the Envision nameplate. About a year after launch, the new Envision will be joined by a three-row model called the Envision GX.
The 2021 Envision will ride on the GM E2 platform shared most directly with the Cadillac XT4. Other GM models that also use the E2 architecture include the sixth-gen Buick Regal (2018 – 2020) and ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu (2016 – present).