The U.S.-spec 2024 Buick Envista officially broke cover this past April, with GM pulling the sheets on an affordable, small, premium crossover. Notably, the new Buick Envista presents what’s known as a “crossover coupe” body style, which is a vehicle design that’s become increasingly popular over the years. As such, the new Envista could be considered a crossover coupe for the masses.
For those readers who may be scratching their heads, the crossover coupe body style typically refers to a crossover with a sloping, graceful roofline, as opposed to the more boxy, upright roofline of a traditional crossover model. The crossover coupe design is thought to provide a more sporty and elegant look compared to the utilitarian styling of a more traditional crossover roofline.
A few popular examples of the crossover coupe body style include the BMW X4 and X6, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe and GLE-Class Coupe, the Audi Q5 Sportback and Q8, and the Porsche Cayenne Coupe. However, looking over this list, one thing should be glaringly obvious – the crossover coupe body style is typically relegated to high-end luxury vehicles, with the models listed here ranging between $50,000 and $150,000.
The Buick Envista looks to buck this trend, bringing the crossover coupe body style to the masses thanks to a starting price of $23,495. One could even argue that the Envista helps to “democratize” the crossover coupe body style, and could provide motivation to other automakers thinking about bring additional crossover coupes to market with non-luxury vehicle price tags.
As a reminder, the 2024 Buick Envista features the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine as standard, with output rated at 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Vehicle styling was inspired by the Buick Wildcat EV concept, while an 11-inch diagonal touchscreen and eight-inch diagonal Driver Information Center are both equipped as standard.
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