The 2021 Buick Envision introduces a brand-new second generation for the compact four-door crossover. Among the new 2021 Envision’s long list of changes and upgrades is a switch to the new Vehicle Intelligence Platform, or VIP, alternately known as the Global B Digital Vehicle Platform.
As GM Authority covered last week, General Motors recently filed to trademark the term “Vehicle Intelligence Platform” and “Vehicle Intelligent Platform (VIP).” The terms are the public-facing names for what is known internally at GM as the Global B Digital Vehicle Platform.
For those readers who may be unaware, the Global B Digital Vehicle Platform essentially acts as a vehicle’s digital nervous system, connecting digital features in a network of software and hardware. First debuting on the 2020 Cadillac CT5, Global B has since been incorporated in the Cadillac CT4, Chevrolet Corvette C8, all-new 2021 Cadillac Escalade, among others. Now, the platform is in use with the 2021 Buick Envision.
Global B provides numerous advantages compared to the preceding Global A electronic architecture, including over-the-air updates, enhanced cybersecurity, and the incorporation of advanced technology features like GM’s Super Cruise system, a semi-autonomous driver assist that enables the human pilot to remove their hands from the steering wheel during extended highway driving.
Global B specs include a processing rate up 4.5 terabytes per hour, a five-fold increase compared to Global A.
In addition to the upgraded digital nervous system, the 2021 Buick Envision also features a complete revision to exterior styling, taking inspiration from the 2018 Buick Enspire concept vehicle. The interior features Buick’s first available 10-inch diagonal infotainment screen, as well as a host of standard active safety tech. Motivation is sourced from the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, which connects to a nine-speed automatic transmission and produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.