The 2022 Buick Envision will no longer be available with an In-Vehicle Air Ionizer system, GM Authority can confirm.
In the redesigned 2021 Buick Envision, the In-Vehicle Air Ionizer system was included as standard equipment on the Essence and Avenir trim levels and could also be applied to the Preferred trim level by ordering the Comfort and Convenience Package (RPO code PS1). In Canada, the air ionizer was offered as standard equipment on the 2021 Envision – even in the entry-level Essence trim.
The Air Ionizer was also offered on the previous-generation Buick Envision for the 2019 model year, where it was included with the range-topping Premium and Premium II trim levels.
The In-Vehicle Air Ionizer system for the Buick Envision helps to filter out airborne viruses, dust, debris and pollen from the cabin air. This feature can also actively measure cabin air quality. All the user has to do to view the current cabin air quality level is select the ‘Air Quality’ tab on the infotainment homepage. Additionally, it can also filter bad odors from the air before they make their way into the vehicle’s cabin.
It’s not clear why General Motors has elected to remove the In-Vehicle Air Ionizer from the 2022 Buick Envision. This may be related to the various equipment austerity measures it has taken to reduce the number of semiconductor chips it uses per vehicle, however. The automaker has also pulled other electronic equipment from certain vehicles amid the global chip shortage, including removing the HD Radio and Active Fuel Management/Dynamic Fuel Management from its full-size truck models.