2021 Buick Envision preview: Bold new look for Buick’s small SUV

Buick on Thursday detailed the redesigned 2021 Envision arriving at dealerships now in the U.S.

The crossover SUV features a bolder, more expressive look than its somewhat staid predecessor that has been on sale since 2016 and never managed to really excite the market. Sales in the United States have averaged about 30,000 units annually.

Envisions are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is an option.

The Envision’s grown-up look ties in with the refreshed 2022 Enclave visually. The longer stance comes courtesy of a new platform that pushes the wheels to the corners and provides a 30% stiffer structure. A new five-link independent rear suspension replaces the previous four-link setup and should deliver a better ride and handling. A MacPherson strut setup remains up front while top-spec Avenir models can be optioned with adaptive dampers.

2021 Buick Envision

2021 Buick Envision

Inside the Envision features an analog gauge cluster in a digital world paired with an available 10.2-inch touchscreen. The standard 8.0-inch touchscreen comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A new push-button gear selector is located on the center console.

Other standard features on the 2021 Envision will be popular electronic driver-assist features such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitors, and rear park assist.

2021 Buick Envision

2021 Buick Envision

Buyers will be able to add a semi-autonomous park assist feature, as well as a surround-view camera, and head-up display.

Buick’s upmarket Avenir trim makes its first appearance on the Envision, and tops a trim walk that includes Preferred and Essence trims. A Sport Touring package adds a touch of attitude with darkened exterior trim and dark 20-inch wheels.

Envisions will have seating for up to five people with a 60/40-split folding second row. With the second-row seat folded the Envision can swallow up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo, and up to 25.2 cubic feet of stuff with the second row occupied.

The current Envision was the first Chinese-made vehicle sold by General Motors in the U.S. and that won’t be changing with the 2021 model.

For more on the Buick Envision, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection.

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