The current 2022 Buick Envision is the second model year for the current second-generation crossover, introducing just a few changes and updates as compared to the all-new 2021 model year. Critically, Buick Envision inventory is currently tight as a result of a plant shutdown and transportation complications.
For the moment, available inventory for the Buick Envision is limited due to several factors, starting with a shutdown at the GM-SAIC Jinqiao plant in Shanghai, China, the facility where the Envision crossover is produced. The facility was taken offline as a result of an outbreak of COVID-19. Although the facility is now back up and running, a shortage of transport vessels is limiting GM’s capability to ship new units of the Buick Envision to North America.
Sales for the Buick Envision fell in Q1 of the 2022 calendar year, dropping 60.69 percent to 4,118 units as a result of very low inventory levels. However, once, inventory recovers, demand is expected to be strong, given a 33-percent jump in sales in 2021 to 46,450 units.
Meanwhile the start of regular production (SORP) for the 2023 Buick Envision has been delayed, as GM Authority was the first to report last week. The 2023 Buick Envision was originally slated to begin production on April 4th, but now, the production start date has been pushed back to August 1st. Going forward, the 2023 Buick Envision will introduce a revised exterior paint options list with the deletion of Satin Steel Metallic (paint code GIR) and Burnished Bronze Metallic (paint code GR8). These two outgoing colors will be replaced with two new colors.
Under the hood, the Buick Envision is equipped as standard with the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, the output of which is rated at a maximum of 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder connects to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission, with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive offered to put it to the pavement.