There’s been a lot of media attention paid to Buick’s new mid-range crossover, the Envision, which slates neatly between the brand’s compact Encore or the larger, three-row Enclave in order to give Buick a more well-rounded crossover lineup. However, for the 2016 model year, the Envision targets a limited portion of the luxury crossover segment, with only two trim levels coming with its June release. However, the brand has announced that the Buick Envision lineup will be expanding with the 2017 model year to include three new lower-level trims, a new engine, and front-wheel drive.
The 2016 Buick Envision will start around $40,000 and include only the Premier and Premier II trim levels, equipped with all-wheel drive and a 252-horsepower turbocharged engine. While Buick’s crossover segment has been doing exceptionally well, the Envision’s 2016 range covers only a small portion of the class and will appeal to buyers who are attracted to the luxury of the Envision’s high-end trims.
This will be remedied come October, when the 2017 Envision launches alongside three new lower-level trims. Because all three of these models will come in below the Premier trim, the overall entry-level price of the Buick Envision will lower to $34,990, making the crossover more affordable by over $5,000. That’s a nice price cut for more budget-conscious buyers looking into higher-end options. These cheaper models will come standard with front-wheel drive and a less powerful 2.5-liter engine.
While the lower levels of the Buick Envision lineup will get a cut in power for the 2017 model year, Buick doesn’t skimp on anything else. The crossover segment is big on interior amenities, and every trim level delivers in that department, including everything from heated front seats and automatic climate control to a backup camera and remote start standard on the entry-level model.