The 2021 Buick Envision: High-Tech and Classic Quality
One thing is certain about Buick: it is a brand with class and comfort. And new 2021 Buick Envision fully embraces the classy Buick style with a decidedly modern approach. While you may be tempted to ignore the announcement of yet another SUV, Buick has redesigned the crossover with a lower, wider stance, and is now offering the Envision with the highly-acclaimed Avenir trim. Once you learn about the features of the latest of Buick’s designs, you will want to head straight to your local Buick dealership for a test drive as soon as the new vehicles arrive.
What About the New Envision Has Changed?
One of the newest design changes for the Envision is the E2 platform made by GM, the foundation on which the vehicle is seated. Several other GM vehicles already use the E2, but Buick is adopting what amounts to a car height platform for an SUV. The previous Envision was taller, so the new design will bring it lower to the ground and make the driving experience more like a sedan.
When cornering, a typical SUV tends to have a sense of rolling due to height, but the lowered stance of the Envision should alleviate that and give the driver a better sense of control found in a sedan. Using the E2 platform will also decrease the weight of the vehicle overall, which means the Envision can gain a little more room inside and will not require as much power to move.
Additionally, a new engine will be found under the hood, namely a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 237 hp with 258 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, a nine-speed automatic transmission will be paired to the turbocharged engine. It should achieve an average fuel efficiency of about 25 MPG combined, and all-wheel drive will be available. Other changes announced are the addition of more safety technology, a larger touchscreen, and more in-vehicle apps loaded onto the infotainment system. And possibly the most significant changes come from the newest trim.
The New Avenir Trim
Only two other models made by Buick were available with the most luxurious trim level Buick offers as the Avenir, but now the 2021 Envision will be added to the list. While the exterior is certainly more refined with the exclusive and easily recognizable grille design, the pearl finish on the wheels, and the powered moonroof, the interior positively cradles you in a secluded paradise away from the world. Plush leather upholstery against the iconic wood-tone trim will immediately remind you that you’re sitting in a Buick in the best possible way.
Amenities like a premium Bose sound system, heated and ventilated seats, wireless charging, turn-by-turn navigation, intelligent all-wheel drive, and exclusive interior finishes will be just a few of the features we may see inside the new Envision Avenir trim. For the drivers who seek out luxury vehicles with a performance edge, this is the trim to buy. Beyond fancy stitching and powered amenities, the Avenir line offers a level of styling and comfort unparalleled in any other Buick trim.
New Safety Features
The 2020 model year brought on a slew of new safety features from every car manufacturer, and 2021 promises to up the ante again. Certainly, the Envision plans to upgrade on several levels of driver-assisted safety technology. This time, an all-inclusive safety suite will be standard on all trims, with further upgrades available as the trim levels go up in price.
Auto emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and following distance alert will all be standard features to prevent impacts or dangerous driving. Rear park assist, an HD rear vision camera, and a new safety alert seat will all offer assistance and warnings to keep the vehicle safe from impacts.
In upper trims, available safety features like enhanced auto parking assist will park the car for you with a few buttons pressed. HD surround vision will provide the driver with a 360-degree view around the entire vehicle. Front park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert all enhance the driver’s ability to avoid obstacles.
A new head-up display projects your speed and other vital driver information onto the windshield, and a rear camera mirror provides the driver with a real-time camera view of the back window. Each of these features will take the 2021 Envision far into the future with driver-enhancing safety measures, and add to the already well-adorned suite of safety features in this year’s vehicles.
Buick has been a big proponent of incorporating Amazon’s Alexa in other vehicles in its lineup, but the 2021 Envision will make things even better by including Alexa with its larger 10-inch screen and built-in apps adapted for the Buick infotainment system. Already announced are Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Fox Sports, Spotify, and Pandora as apps to be included in the infotainment array.
It will be child’s play to switch from home to car to the office with in-vehicle apps all synced to the Alexa, something tech-savvy buyers will love. Anything from music to shopping lists and reminders will help make your life much easier to stay organized as you travel from place to place.
Wireless smartphone connectivity, a hands-free liftgate, and keyless entry should all be expected as part of the technology included in the 2021 Envision, too. With all of these features, the Envision promises to be an exciting addition to the SUV market.
There will be four trim levels for the 2021 Envision: base, Preferred, Essence, and Avenir. The trim levels will begin in pricing at about $34,000 for 2021, adding only slightly to the current pricing for the Envision, which begins at $33,500. Plenty of features will come standard with the base trim, including the tech and safety features already mentioned, so it remains to be seen what features will lure buyers into the middle trims.
Within these trims, there will be the option for larger wheels, more tech, and more safety options, which could all be found in the mid-range of pricing. Regardless of what Buick adds to the upper trims, all the trims will undoubtedly embrace the hushed interior and the quality materials always found in a Buick.
Those already loyal to the brand will most likely be delighted by the new Envision, while buyers yet to be drawn in by Buick’s appeal for a new market may just take notice for the first time. The 2021 Buick Envision is already being hailed as a vehicle to watch, and the world of SUV lovers may find themselves wooed by the driving experience offered by the lowered stance of the new platform.
The 2021 Buick Envision
The 2021 Buick Envision is a much-anticipated vehicle for 2021, and the expectation for the Envision to draw a line for a new standard is undoubtedly there. This is a vehicle not to be missed if you’re looking for a new vehicle with a perfect blend of comfort and modern technology. The Envision is truly luxurious.