Buick launched the Envision crossover in the United States for the 2016 model year, and almost half-a-decade later, the compact people mover is getting a complete overhaul. The 2021 Buick Envision goes on sale early next year with a more modern interior and a much more compelling exterior design.
Buick claims the new Envision is lower and wider than before, and we can definitely see the change in these photos the brand released. The Envision features a wider grille with a more subtle wing element running through the Buick badge. Along with the new grille, the Envision’s front end sports sharper headlights, as well as bolder creases on the hood. Slimmer taillights are the focal point of a more streamlined rear-end design. A new Avenir trim is on the way, promising to bring more upscale touches to the lineup.
Expect to see more standard safety features, too, including currently optional kit such as automatic emergency braking lane-keep assist. Other standard technologies on the 2021 Buick Envision include front pedestrian braking, following distance indicator, and rear parking sensors. For extra coin, you can get an upgraded automatic parking assist system, blind-spot monitoring, a head-up display, front parking sensors, and a 360-degree camera.
The current Envision comes exclusively with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The new model, however, offers a 10.0-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Without going into detail on specs, Buick notes the new Envision is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that mates to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The current Envision features a 197-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while an optional 252-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-four is available with a nine-speed automatic. As we’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the latter powertrain provides the small crossover with solid acceleration, but its reasonable grunt fails to make the Envision fun to drive. Look for Buick to reveal more information about the 2021 Envision later this year.