General Motors unveiled the all-new 2024 Buick Envista last April, pulling the sheets on the Tri-Shield brand’s latest small crossover set for sale stateside. Among the 2024 Buick Envista’s various exterior features is the lack of any kind of wiper for the rear glass in the hatch. Now, GM Authority has uncovered the reason why.
In an interview with GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft, the Director of Global Buick Design, Bob Boniface, explained why the 2024 Buick Envista does not have a rear wiper, saying that the airflow over the crossover is sufficient to actively clean the back window.
“In our aero testing, the back [windshield] was staying clean,” Boniface said.
Essentially, the streamlined exterior design of the 2024 Buick Envista makes a rear wiper more or less redundant. In that sense, the design is somewhat similar to that of a sedan.
“Generally, when you have a square profile, you get water buildup and other things will collect on the back window,” Boniface added. In this context, the “square profile” mentioned would be for more SUV-like designs, such as that of the Buick Encore GX.
Notably, the 2024 Buick Envista takes inspiration from the Buick Wildcat EV concept that debuted in 2022. To that end, the Envista incorporates a long wheelbase, a sleek profile, and, as already mentioned, a crossover coupe roofline. The front end also integrates new styling language from the Wildcat EV concept, with LED check mark lamps high on the fascia, and angular styling lines around the grille.
As for the mechanical specs, the all-new 2024 Buick Envista cradles the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine, which doles out a maximum of 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed through the GM six-speed automatic transmission, driving the front wheels exclusively. The GM VSS-F vehicle set provides the underpinnings. Production for the U.S. market takes place at the GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea.