The crossover segment is saturated with competition at the moment, and for good reason — modern drivers are obsessed with crossovers and compact SUVs. Two of Buick’s strongest sellers are the larger Enclave and the compact Encore, and the brand is looking to fill the gap between them with a mid-size crossover in the form of the Buick Envision. Built in China, Envision US pricing and the vehicle’s full lineup were just recently announced ahead of its late spring/early summer release date.
Even with the success of other crossovers in its lineup, Buick is starting out small with the 2016 Envision. The 2016 model year of the vehicle will only offer two trim levels, the Premium and Premium II, both of which will come standard with a turbocharged engine with an output of 252 horsepower, as well as all-wheel drive. This 2016 model will start at a base price of $40,000.
However, Buick plans on expanding the Envision for the upcoming 2017 model year. This new lineup will add three more trim levels below the Premium trim, bringing the total number of models in the nameplate’s lineup to five altogether. The 2017 entry-level model will start at $34,990, with the price rising to $36,795 for the Preferred trim and $38,645 for the mid-range Essence trim. The lower trim levels will also introduce a second engine to the lineup, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 197 horsepower.
While the Buick Envision’s full lineup won’t be launching here until October, Envision US pricing has been announced alongside information regarding the specs of the trim levels themselves and their engines. EPA estimates for the lower trim levels’ powertrains are not yet available, but are expected to be released closer to the 2017 model’s release this fall.
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