2021 Buick Envision’s Design Inspired by Cadillac Luxury
Buick makes a bold move with the release of the 2021 Buick Envision in an effort to stay modern and stylish in the midst of strong competition. Buick’s compact SUV platform has received backlash from critics and automotive insiders because it will be built in China and exported to the U.S., a cost-saving strategy that has garnered the Buick brand an increase in its profit margin. But despite its criticism, there is good news, the new Buick Envision receives an aggressive luxury makeover by utilizing the Cadillac’s XT4 platform for its chassis. This design strategy, according to Buick has achieved better exterior styling proportions, which allows the wheels to be pushed more outward to the corners giving the Buick Envision a wider stance. Buick is trying to make a statement by delivering to the U.S. market a compact luxury SUV that will appeal to willing buyers and that won’t break the bank at the same time, with a starting base price of $32,955 plus applicable destination fees.
Details and Overview
Competing in the luxury compact SUV segment is a challenge for Buick as the brand is up against strong competitors like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. But the new Buick Envision punches above its class with luxury styling mixed with the affordable price of a mainstream family SUV that makes it an attractive offering to prospective buyers. In addition, its more direct competition is with SUVs that are more in its class like the Acura RDX, the Infiniti QX50, and the Lincoln Corsair. For starters, the 2021 Buick Envision comes with a 228 hp turbocharged 2.0 L engine for all trim levels and is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission. For the car buyer that values standard features, there are plenty of them, these include automatic high-beams, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and lane-keeping assist. Opting for the high-end Avenir trim offers drivers a luxurious interior with diamond-quilted leather seats, wireless smartphone charging, and a driver’s seat with massage functionality.
New Design for 2021
For the 2021 model year, the Buick Envision is redesigned and offers a confident, eye-catching design that is bolder and meaner than the outgoing model. For an extra sporty feel, there is an available Sport Touring Package that adds 20-inch wheels and a darkened exterior trim. For prospective buyers that seek the very best of the Buick Envision with all its features, the Avenir trim will be a great choice.
For car buyers on a budget and are looking to consider all their options, Buick currently offers three trim levels for the 2021 Envision:
Preferred (Entry Trim)
- 2.0 L Turbo ECOTEC Engine
- QuietTuning™ Technology with Active Noise Cancellation
- BuickDriver Confidence Plus
- Wireless Apple Car Play
- Wireless Android Auto
Essence (Mid Trim)
- 18” machined aluminum wheels with Charcoal Metallic Finish
- In-Vehicle Air Ionizer with Air Quality Indicator
- Hands-free programmable power liftgate with LED logo projection
- Heated leather-appointed front seats
- 10” diagonal Buick Infotainment System
Avenir (Top Trim)
- 20” Aluminum wheels with Pearl Nickel Finish
- Ventilated driver and front passenger seats
- Driver’s seat massage control
- Heated rear outboard seating
- HD Surround Vision
- Front Park Assist
- Wireless Smartphone Charging
- Bose 9-speaker premium audio system
How Does It Perform?
Although not a performance-oriented vehicle, the 2021 Buick Envision is still a zippy compact SUV with nimble and agile handling characteristics and is far from boring. Potential buyers of the Buick Envision can expect a comfortable ride and smooth driving feel in the city, highway, and country roads.
Here are some of its performance highlights:
Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder
Transmission: 9-speed automatic transmission
Performance: capable of 228hp with 258 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 in 6.5 seconds
Front-wheel drive is standard for the Buick Envision, but buyers can opt for an all-wheel-drive configuration on any of the three trim levels. Its suspension has been designed for maximum ride comfort that marks it as a luxury offering to consumers.
Interior and Technology
The interior of the new 2021 Buick Envision is all about the driver’s experience and on the Avenir trim, drivers get a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 10” diagonal touch screen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. To further add to the luxury factor, the diamond-perforated quilting on the leather seats makes for a very comfortable seating position, wooden accents on the door panels and the driver’s seat massage functionality keeps the driver relaxed during the drive and even after a hard-working day. Drivers can also say goodbye to the traditional shifter because selecting the driving modes is now made possible with buttons on the center console.
For heavy phone users, Buick provides 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot as standard along with SiriusXM satellite radio, a six-speaker radio, and a noise-cancellation system. But there is an optional Technology package that offers a nine-speaker setup by Bose. Drivers can also benefit from in-dash navigation and a rearview camera mirror that provides a wide and less-obstructed view behind the vehicle.
Fuel Efficiency and Road Handling
According to the EPA, the 2021 Buick Envision gets an estimated 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, for mixed driving, prospective buyers can expect a combined fuel rating of 27 mpg with mixed highway and city driving. Given its fuel tank capacity of 19.3 gallons, the Buick Envision is capable of a 513-mile fuel range, more than enough for medium or long-range trips. For more information on the new 2021 Buick Envision, contact us at Southern Buick GMC Greenbrier to schedule your test drive, you can also check our inventory for great deals and pricing options.
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