s popular Envision five-passenger compact SUV gets more power
and lower prices for 2019
Buick’s popular Envision five-passenger compact SUV gets more
power and lower prices for 2019.
Envision, which goes on sale in April, also adds a nine-speed
automatic transmission and a button to turn off its fuel-saving
price decrease for 2019 is about $2,000, while prices for the
midlevel Preferred model drop $2,400.
has become Buick’s No. 3 seller since it debuted in the second
half of 2016. Buick executives think it will eventually pass the
larger Enclave to become the brand’s No. 2, trailing only the
smaller Encore SUV.
changes are minimal, including a new grille, LED headlights and
optional 19-inch wheels.
turbocharged engine adds 35 pound-feet of torque to 295 at
3,000-4000 r.p.m. for better acceleration. Horsepower is unchanged
at 252 at 5,500 r.p.m. The base 2.5L engine and six-speed automatic
transmission are unchanged.
Buick was able
to boost torque thanks to the addition of GM’s new nine-speed
torque is noticeable in acceleration around town. The transmission,
which is becoming a mainstay across GM’s model line, shifts
smoothly, with no hunting among gears.
Buick added a
button to disable the stop-start feature that shuts the engine off
at stoplights and other times when the vehicle is idling. GM’s
stop-start system is one of the least noticeable on the market, but
some drivers still don’t care for it.
system off will reduce fuel economy, but shouldn’t have an impact
on the ‘19 Envision’s EPA rating, because the system is
operating during the lab test that determines the window-sticker
rating. The fuel economy rating isn’t available yet, but should
improve, thanks to the new transmission.
— A better
backup camera for improved vision
— A new
brake booster for better pedal feel
ability to switch between adaptive cruise control and old-style
cruise that does not use radar sensors to monitor other vehicles
phone charging, including for compatible iPhones.
to sell about 40,000 Envisions this year.
Envision at a glance
Five-passenger front- or all-wheel-drive compact SUV
2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder
Power: 252 hp
@ 5,500 r.p.m. (with premium gasoline); 295 lb-ft or torque at
economy rating: TBD