Envision this. Okay so yes a little pun to kick things off.
The Buick Envision family is getting bigger for 2017. The automaker is adding three new lower priced trims to the lineup. They’ll come with a new less powerful base engine to chop off the entry-level price by around $8,000.
The changes kick off with a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine. It replaces the 2.0-liter inline-4 that still comes with the two top trims. The engine creates 197-horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. So it’s quite a bit fewer ponies than the 2.0 which continues to get 252-horsepower with 260 lb-ft of torque.
The power drop in the base engine matches a huge price drop. The entry level Envision starts at $34,990. Considerably less from last years $42,995 entry level price.
The new engine comes standard with front-wheel drive. It does offer a bump up to all-wheel drive on all but the base level trim. The 2.0 only offers AWD. Both engines pair with six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is in the 20 city to 29 highway mile range depending on the model.
The 2017 Envision won’t change in the looks department. The new base, Preferred, and Essence trims all start below $40,000. The Premium and Premium II take their place at the top. Their prices only go up a couple hundred dollars from 2016.
The Premium trims arrived as the first ever GM-built vehicles imported to the U.S. from China. So now after a year, the Buick is filling out the lineup.
All trims come standard with spiffy features like hands-free liftgate, heated front seats, and French-stitched upholstery. Standard tech for 2017 also includes the popular Teen Driver system.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be available on the 2017 model. Something to consider if you’re thinking about buying an outgoing 2016 model.
The 2017 Envision arrives in dealer showrooms soon.