An updated 2019 Buick Envision will roll out in April with some notable changes.
It’s priced lower to start, with a starting MSRP of $32,990. It also offers a new transmission in the Turbo models. Plus, it will be the first Buick in North America to come with a Start/Stop deactivation button, which we’re sure will be music to Car Pro Show Host Jerry Reynolds’ ears.
It’s all part of the automaker’s plan to keep ’em coming from other brands as well as keep current drivers in the family. Right now, the smaller Encore is Buick’s best-selling vehicle, with nearly 60 percent of buyers new to General Motors. Buick hopes those buyers stay with the brand when they upgrade to something bigger.
What’s New and Notable
Disabling Start/Stop: Thanks to driver feedback, there is now a button to disable the Start/Stop system designed to save fuel. The Envision is the first Buick in North America to get the feature. (If only it had arrived first in the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir. In his recent Enclave review, Jerry noted the lack of a disable button might keep him from buying it.)
9-Speed Transmission: Updates for the 5-passenger crossover include a nine-speed transmission for 2.0L Turbo models. The Turbo delivers 252-horsepower and torque increases from 260 lb-ft to 295 lb-ft. The boost in torque makes it slightly faster than the 2018 model. (The 2.5L inline four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic remains the standard powertrain.)
New Lighting: Lighting upgrades make their way to all trims. HID headlights are standard on 2.5L models, bi-functional LED headlamps on 2.0L turbo models and LED wing signature lights on every model.
Tire Pressure Monitoring and Rear Seat Reminder: Buyers can also opt for Buick’s first tire pressure monitoring system called Tire Fill Alert. GM’s Rear Safety Reminder system also makes its way to the lineup.
The Envision’s tweaked front fascia and redesigned grille put it in line with the brand’s current lineup’s look. In back, redesigned taillamps, reflectors and side markers give it a wider, more athletic stance. New optional 19-inch wheels are offered. Buick didn’t lay out much in terms of new creature comforts in the cabin. But the automaker says the seat warmers work better and an in-vehicle air ionizer improves air quality.
Every Envision comes equipped with an 8-inch diagonal infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility along with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Also look for enhanced rearview camera visibility and Buick says its improved the hands-free microphone for better voice recognition. Next-generation wireless charging includes iPhone8/iPhoneX compatibility.
Trims and Pricing
The 2019 Envision goes on sale this spring and once again comes in five trims. Pricing ranges from $32,990 for the base model up to $44,595 for the range-topping Premium II.
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