Debuting back in April 2023, the Buick Envista was developed with the goal of generating interest from a younger audience. With Buick’s entry-level crossover coupe having been on the market for a few months, it appears to be doing exactly that.
According to information released by General Motors, a whopping 69 percent of Envista buyers are new to the Buick brand. At the same time, the crossover also boasts the highest percentage of owners aged 18 to 35 across all of GM’s nameplates, indicating that the Envista has great appeal among younger buyers.
Representing the first model year of the entry level crossover, the current 2024 Envista features a design language inspired by the Buick Wildcat EV concept car. The Envista also features a “crossover coupe” profile, which is unique in the mainstream space.
Inside, the Envista features an 11-inch diagonal infotainment screen, along with a flat-bottom steering wheel that’s equipped as standard across the entire lineup. Despite being a small crossover, the Envista also has plenty of legroom, along with a healthy amount of cargo room (20.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 42 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down).
Three distinct trim levels are available, including Preferred (base), Sport Touring (ST), and range-topping Avenir as part of the new Buick Y-trim level strategy. The Buick Driver Confidence Package is featured as standard across all trims, and includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, IntelliBeam automatic high beams, and more. Further safety and driver assist technologies are also available.
In regard to output, the 2024 Envista is powered by the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine, rated at 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The boosted three-pot is mated to GM’s six-speed automatic transmission driving exclusively the front wheels. Notably, every trim in the 2024 Buick Envista lineup features this drivetrain combination.
Under the skin, the Envista rides on the GM VSS-F vehicle set, while production takes place at the GM Bupeyong plant in South Korea. Looking ahead, production of the 2025 model is set to kick off in May 2024.
Check out the GM Authority first drive impressions in the video below.