The 2016 Envision, Buick’s successful crossover that has made waves in China, is making a debut appearance at the Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 13-21. Buick’s upcoming North American crossover will mark the fourth model to be added to the luxury brand’s fast-growing lineup. It now features the all-new 2016 Cascada convertible and upcoming 2017 models, the LaCrosse sedan and Encore crossover.
There has been a surge in demand for crossovers and SUVs in the automotive industry, and Buick’s addition of its famed Envision should solidify the luxury brand as an authority in this growing segment. Since the small Encore and large Enclave has seen increased growth in sales in the past year, particularly the Encore with 67,000 sold in 2015, the midsize Envision will serve as an intermediate model for consumers to choose from. The U.S.’s all-new crossover is premiering alongside the completely overhauled 2017 GMC Acadia, expected to go on sale this spring.
The Envision is showcased with a chocolate-brown leather interior with pristine wood finishes and heated and ventilated seats. It’s a cozy environment that’s both warm and inviting with premium technology to keep passengers consistently connected. The Envision is equipped with a built-in WiFi hotspot, an eight-touch screen featuring Buick IntelliLink and a rear vision camera. The spacious cabin offers 57.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded down; 26.9 cubes is available with the rear seat up.
Under the hood of the 2016 Envision is a 2.0-liter engine that produces 252-horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. New for Buick’s midsize crossover is the first-ever twin clutch all-wheel drive system and HiPer strut front suspension. The available AWD line allows the Envision to comfortably hug corners on the road while maintaining an expert level of traction.
The 2016 Buick Envision will go on sale in the U.S. this summer. Immediate price information is not available, but it could potentially start at $30,000, which would slot it between the Encore and Enclave.