• 2019 Buick Envision

    2019 Buick Envision
  • Buick Updated the 2.0 Turbo 252HP & 295 LB-FT
  • Updated front fascia
  • LED lighting now standard on all trims
  • Bi-functional LED headlights standard on 2.0 Turbo models
  • Heavily refreshed rear fascia
  • New 19-inch wheel option
  • Inside things don't change much but there is an updated charging pad
  • Updated heated seats get warmer faster
  • A new Air Ionizer purifies HVAC air
  • and a new backup camera offers better resolution
  • The 2.5-liter carries over 197 HP & 192 LB-FT
  • The 2.0-liter Gets a New nine-speed automatic transmission
  • The Envison can be had in AWD FWD is Standard
  • There's even a new stop\start defeat button
  • The new Envision starts at $32,990
  • Do you think it's worth it?

Fresh styling and updated tech at a lower starting price

Only three years after its introduction, Buick is giving the Envision crossover a mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 model year. According to Buick, the changes come as a direct response to customer feedback. These include heated seats that work more quickly, a defeat button for the auto stop/start system and updated wireless charging for devices like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Other changes, however, are typical of a refresh, like the reworked exterior styling and upgraded powertrain.

Best of all, Buick is dropping the price on all five trim levels by roughly $1,000.

“The Envision brings a tremendous growth opportunity for the Buick brand,” said Sam Russell, Buick marketing director. “The new pricing strategy not only puts the Envision in the heart of the industry’s largest segment but also better positions it in relation to Encore, our top-selling nameplate.”

Buick has already seen impressive sales from the Envision. It sold over 55,000 examples for the 2017 model year in the U.S. alone. Canada adds another 4,000. Those figures pale in comparison to China’s sales figures, where the Envision sold more than 236,000 examples in 2017 and 275,000 in 2016. That makes sense considering Buick designed the Envision for the Chinese market and assembles the crossover in GM’s Shandong assembly plant. Yes, even U.S.-spec Envisions are built in China.

Continue reading for more information.

2019 Buick Envision Exterior

- * Updated front fascia
- * LED lighting now standard on all trims
- * Bi-functional LED headlights standard on 2.0 Turbo models
- * Heavily refreshed rear fascia
- * New 19-inch wheel option

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Buick has given the 2019 Envision crossover a respectable mid-cycle refresh

Buick has given the 2019 Envision crossover a respectable mid-cycle refresh. The exterior boasts a handful of meaningful changes that should help it stand out in a crowded segment.

Up front, the grille now has Buick’s winged emblem seen across the automaker’s lineup. The bumper is modified with a sharpened shape, creating more of an indented lower grille. The fog light surrounds are now more compact, foregoing the chrome trim that previously extended to the lower grille. The lower apron is smoothed out, as well, but with a faux slid plate colored in a satin chrome.

LED headlights are made standard across the trim lineup for 2019. LED daytime running lights give it a distinctive look, too. The two upper trim levels, the Premium and Premium II, come standard with upgraded bi-functional LED headlights.

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Heavily refreshed rear fascia
The taillights, liftgate, quarter panels, and bumper are all more aggressive than before

The biggest changes happen around back. The taillights, liftgate, quarter panels, and bumper are all more aggressive than before. Strong character lines cut into the quarter panels, giving the Envision a more athletic appearance. The thinned-out taillights have LED strips that give it an identifiable signature at night. Down low, the bumper has a new faux diffuser in satin chrome that’s flanked by integrated dual exhaust tips in chrome.

Lastly, the optional 19-inch wheels have a new design that helps separate the 2019 model from its predecessors.

2019 Buick Envision Interior

- * Updated wireless phone charging pad
- * Upgraded heated seats warm more quickly
- * Backup camera offers better resolution
- * Improved hands-free microphone fidelity
- * New air ionizer purifies HVAC airflow

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Inside things don’t change much
but there is an updated charging pad
Buick didn’t change drastic things like the dashboard’s design or the infotainment system’s screen size

A quick glance into the 2019 Buick Envision’s five-passenger interior won’t result in a big surprise. Buick didn’t change drastic things like the dashboard’s design or the infotainment system’s screen size. Rather, the changes are in the details.

Users will find the heated seats warm up more quickly and their phone charges more quickly than before. The wireless charging pad uses next-generation technology to charge devices like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X more quickly.

On a phone call, users will have better voice quality thanks to an upgraded microphone for the hands-free calling system. The resolution of the backup camera is also improved. Upper trim levels can still get the handy 360-degree camera system, too.

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Updated heated seats get warmer faster
The Envision now has an air ionizer that purifies outside air before it comes into the cabin

Last but not least, the Envision now has an air ionizer that purifies outside air before it comes into the cabin. Perhaps considered a novelty in North America, customers in China see it more as a need due to the air pollution most metropolitan areas.

The 2019 Envision continues to come standard with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen running software based on GM’s MyLink, IntelliLink, and CUE systems. It offers 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Unlimited data plans cost only $20 per month through AT&T for the Wi-Fi hotspot.

Buick also made switching between the Adaptive Cruise Control and conventional cruise control simpler.

2019 Buick Envision Drivetrain

- * 2.5-liter four-cylinder carries over
- * Updated 2.0-liter turbo with more torque
- * New nine-speed auto with 2.0-Liter
- * Available AWD, standard FWD
- * New auto stop/star defeat button

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Updated front fascia
The optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder now comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission that replaces the six-speed auto

Buick’s updates for the 2019 Envision continue under the hood. The optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder now comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission that replaces the six-speed auto. Accompanying the new gearbox is 35 pound-feet more torque, bringing the total to 295 pound-feet. Horsepower remains at 252.

The standard 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder carries over unchanged with 197 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. It mates to a six-speed automatic transmission and powers the front wheels. AWD is available.

Along with the updates, Buick now includes a defeat button for the auto stop/start system, allowing the driver to turn the system off. When active, the system automatically turns the engine off when the vehicle is stationary. Releasing the brake pedal instantly restarts the engine. While designed to save fuel, some (us included) feel auto stop/start systems are annoying.

As for fuel economy, don’t expect any changes to the standard 2.5-liter’s performance. It is EPA-estimated to get 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway in FWD form. The updated 2.0-liter turbo and nine-speed automatic should return better fuel economy than before, which was rated at 20 mpg city and 26 mpg combined in AWD form.

2019 Buick Envision Safety

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New 19-inch wheel option

Not many changes in the safety department. The Envision is already brimming with active and passive safety equipment including available adaptive cruise control, Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Change Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, GM’s Safety Alert Seat, Rear Seat Reminder, a 360-degree camera system, and Rear Park Assist.

Passive safety features include dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, and knee airbags for a total of 10. And new for 2019 and new to Buick is Tire Fill Alert, which lets the driver know when a tire is at the proper pressure when during filling.

2019 Buick Envision Prices

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LED lighting now standard on all trims

The 2019 Envision is offered in five trim levels – the base Envision, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Premium II. Prices start at $32,990, which is roughly $1,000 less than the 2018 model. The Preferred trim starts at $34,495, the Essence starts at $36,795, the Premium starts at $41,695, and the Premium II starts at $44,595. Of course, optional equipment and features, taxes, fees, and other costs aren’t factored into those prices.

2019 Buick Envision Competition

2019 Acura RDX

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Acura is giving its compact RDX a major generational update for 2019. The new two-row crossover wears Acura’s updates corporate design language, which is far sportier than anything in the automaker’s past. Finally gone is the ugly “beak” grille, replaced with a six-sided grille with a massive Acura logo. Sharp creases and strong character lines continue from bumper to bumper.

Inside, the 2019 RDX has a high-tech cabin with seating for five. The center console rises high off the floor and houses Acura’s push-button transmission controls and a large center knob for the Dynamic Mode system with its several drive modes.

Under the hood, the RDX comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Official specs haven’t been released as of this writing, but we’re expecting the same 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque ponied up by the Honda Accord. Acura’s SH-AWD all-wheel drive will make the new RDX handle any weather condition.

Pricing should start around $36,000.

Read our full review on the 2019 Acura RDX.

2019 Lincoln Nautilus

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Standard Auto Start-Stop function

Lincoln is slowly revamping its lineup with high-end models like the Continental and Navigator. However, the latest change is the Nautilus. It’s basically a rebadged MKX with a heavy refresh. Don’t think about it that way, though, as the Nautilus is directly targeted at the compact luxury crossover segment with a laser focus. Its classy design extends from the outside to the inside, with a beautifully done cabin fitted with rich materials.

Power comes from two available engines – a 2.0-liter EcoBoost good for 245 horsepower and a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 kicking out an impressive 335 horsepower. Both engines are backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission that turns the front wheels. AWD is optional.

Pricing for the 2019 Nautilus will likely start around $40,000 seeing as the outgoing MKX started at $39,035 for 2018.

Read our full review on the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus.

Conclusion

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The Envison can be had in AWD
FWD is Standard

The Envision might upset Buick loyalists who view the brand as an all-American ode to style and comfort and whose glory days ended with the Space Race. The modern Buick is becoming respectable thanks to its growing model lineup and its renewed customer-focused attention. While Buick might not be the young family’s choice, the Baby Boomer generation and even older Gen Xers make up a huge portion of the population. Younger folks might scoff at Buick for catering to those groups, but seniors and mid-lifers are the ones with buying power.

Buick’s mild but strategic updates for the 2019 Envision are a perfect example of an automaker conforming to what its customers want. For that, Buick certainly deserved respect.

  • Leave it
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    • * Not a powerhouse

References

Buick Envision

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Press Release

Refined design cues, responsive performance enhancements and intelligent technology expand on the Envision’s growing popularity.

The 2019 Envision features a newly sculpted front and rear, signature grille and new wheel choices. With a focus on quality and safety, the design and engineering teams also welcomed input from current Envision owners to enhance the vehicle.

“Some of the 2019 Envision’s most notable changes are the results of listening to our customers,” said Elizabeth Pilibosian, Envision chief engineer. “Beneath the updated exterior are a number of changes guided by a goal of offering the most refined and pleasant driving experience possible.”

Envision highlights

- * New nine-speed automatic transmission for 2.0L turbo models. Buick now offers this innovative transmission on five models across the lineup.
- * 2.0L turbo engine offers increased vehicle performance of 252 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine and transmission updates produce 0-60 mph acceleration just under a half-second quicker than the 2018 model.
- * Engine stop/start deactivation switch — a Buick first in North America.
- * Single rate brake booster for improved overall brake performance that requires less effort.
- * Flexibility to switch between Adaptive Cruise Control and conventional Cruise Control.
- * Enhanced visibility on Rear Vision Camera.
- * Improved hands-free microphone for better call quality and better voice recognition.
- * The seat heating system warms up more quickly.
- * Next-generation wireless charging with wattage capability for fast and efficient charging, including iPhone8/iPhoneX compatibility.
- * Lighting upgrades across all trims: HID headlights standard on 2.5L models, bi-functional LED headlamps on 2.0L turbo models and LED wing signature lights on every model.
- * In-vehicle air ionizer that helps eliminate odors, reduce bacteria and provide better air quality.

Focus on the customer

Initial owner feedback and solid sales growth indicate the Buick Envision is delivering the luxury and features desired by compact SUV customers. Refinements across the 2019 Envision are aimed at providing the best that the vehicle offers, plus the flexibility and options customers desire most at a price point true to Buick’s attainable luxury promise. Pricing starts at $32,990 (excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment). All trim levels have been adjusted toward the heart of the premium compact SUV market, further positioning the Envision to capture the interest of loyal Buick owners looking to move up to the next-sized compact SUV and conquest buyers who are considering Buick for the first time.

“The Envision brings a tremendous growth opportunity for the Buick brand,” said Sam Russell, Buick marketing director. “The new pricing strategy not only puts the Envision in the heart of the industry’s largest segment, but also better positions it in relation to Encore, our top-selling nameplate.”

Nearly 60 percent of all Encore buyers come from outside General Motors. These new-to-Buick customers are increasingly return buyers, with nearly half of them likely to trade in their vehicle to buy another Buick SUV. In addition to attracting new customers to the Buick brand, the 2019 Envision is designed with these existing Encore customers’ evolving needs and preferences in mind.

Thoughtfully refined, inside and out

The Envision’s exterior has a sculpted front fascia, new grille and headlamps that align with the new face of Buick. Crisp horizontal lines on the front create a more premium look and feel, while redesigned taillamps, reflectors and side markers give the back end a wider and more athletic stance. New optional 19-inch wheels provide an expressive and distinct profile.

Premium lighting technology is featured on every 2019 Envision. HID headlamps with LED Buick signature lighting come standard, with the enhanced performance of bi-functional LED headlamps standard on the top two trims.

Under the hood, the Envision offers a balance of performance and efficiency with a nine-speed transmission on 2.0L turbo models that allows for an increase in torque from 260 lb-ft to 295 lb-ft and an improvement in acceleration.

A 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine mated with a six-speed automatic remains the standard powertrain for the 2019 Envision and goes unchanged from previous model years. It is offered in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

Driven by customer feedback, the 2019 Envision is equipped with a non-latching stop/start deactivation switch on the instrument panel that allows the driver to choose whether to use the auto-stop function. The calibration of the Envision’s stop/start technology has also been refined for an even more seamless experience.

The 2019 Envision offers a Buick-first Tire Fill Alert that lets a driver know when a tire has reached its recommended pressure level.

Other standard features include Buick’s signature QuietTuning; 10 airbags1, including side curtain and knee airbags; Rear Park Assist; and newly added Rear Seat Reminder2. Available features include Surround Vision, Safety Alert Seat and Forward Automatic Braking, among others3.

Every Envision comes equipped with an 8-inch diagonal infotainment system with Apple CarPlay4 and Android Auto5 compatibility, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot6 (an unlimited data plan for $20 per month7 is available through AT&T after trial period), a limited trial of OnStar8 and connectivity access at no additional cost. Along with other benefits such as the myBuick app9, the connectivity access features Smart Driver, an opt-in service designed to help Buick owners become better drivers.

The 2019 Envision goes on sale in the spring of 2018 and will be available in five trim levels starting at Envision ($32,990), Preferred ($34,495), Essence ($36,795), Premium ($41,695) and Premium II ($44,595). Prices exclude tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

Buick is an international modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models in North America and China. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick, on Instagram, or at www.facebook.com/buick.

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