Buick Envision

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Buick Envision
2017 Buick Envision in Silver, front left.jpg
Manufacturer General Motors
Model years 2016–present (North America)
Body and chassis
Class Compact crossover SUV [1] [2]
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive
Predecessor Buick Rendezvous
Buick Rainier
Chevrolet Captiva Sport
Pontiac Torrent

The Buick Envision is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by General Motors. It is exclusively manufactured in China by the SAIC-GM joint venture, supplying the domestic market and the North American market. [3]



The Buick Envision was first introduced in 2011 as a design concept. [4] It was a small crossover with two large scissor doors opening upward. The concept was a plug-in hybrid with advanced technology such as a solar roof and head-up display. The "waterfall" grille was one of the few features which made it to the production version of the Envision.

First generation (2014)

Buick Envision, pre-facelift (rear view) 2016 Buick Envision, rear right.jpg
Buick Envision, pre-facelift (rear view)
First generation
2016 Buick Envision, front right.jpg
Pre-facelift model
Model years 2014–present (China)
2016–2020 (North America)
AssemblyChina: Yantai, Shandong (SAIC-GM)
Designer Jeasoo Kim [5]
Body and chassis
Platform D2XX/D2UX
9-speed automatic (2.0 L)
Wheelbase 2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Length4,667 mm (183.7 in)
Width1,804 mm (71.0 in)
Height1,659 mm (65.3 in)
Curb weight 1,835 kg (4,045 lb)

The Envision was first introduced in China in August 2014, also known by its Chinese name, “Ang Ke Wei” (昂科威). [6] It went on sale in China on October 20th. [7]

The Envision debuted in the U.S. at the North American International Auto Show on January 11, 2016, [8] sharing the segment with a second generation GMC Terrain and the Chevrolet Equinox. [9] It went on sale in the United States in the summer of 2016, making it the first Chinese-built GM vehicle to be sold in America. [10] It was initially offered with all-wheel drive, and subsequently with optional front-wheel drive for model year 2017.

The North American version of the Envision features two powertrains: a 2.5L four-cylinder with 197 hp (147 kW) and 192 lb⋅ft (260 N⋅m) torque, and a turbo-charged 2.0L four-cylinder engine SAE certified at 252 hp (188 kW) and 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) torque. Both were initially paired with a third-generation six-speed transmission. For the 2016 model year, the Envision was only available in Premium I and Premium II trim levels, with the 2.0L turbo engine, seven active safety technologies, and OnStar/Intellilink connectivity. [11] The trim levels expanded to five for the 2017 model year. [12]

In addition to the larger engines offered in North America, Chinese buyers also have the option of a turbocharged 1.5-liter unit.

Trim levels for the first generation Envision were known as the 20T and 28T.

2019 facelift

The 2019 Envision debuted in late 2017 in China, and in 2018 for the North American market. It features revised rear styling and tail lights, stop/start calibration, and new seating design. [13] The transmission for the 2.0-litre turbo engine was upgraded to a 9-speed automatic.

2020 facelift

The 2020 Envision facelift debuted in early 2020 in China, and would be sold alongside the second generation models called the Envision S in China. It features revised front and rear end styling. [14]

Second generation (2021)

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Rear view
Second generation
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Also calledBuick Envision S (China)
Model years 2021–present
AssemblyChina: Jinqiao, Shanghai (SAIC-GM)
Body and chassis
Platform E2XX
Related Cadillac XT4
Wheelbase 2,779 mm (109.4 in)
2,833 mm (111.5 in) (Plus)
Length4,636 mm (182.5 in)
4,845 mm (190.7 in) (Plus)
Width1,882 mm (74.1 in)
Height1,641 mm (64.6 in)
Curb weight 1,672–1,784 kg (3,686–3,933 lb)

In May 2020, GM introduced the second generation of the Envision in the United States. [15] It is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 228 hp (170 kW) and 258 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m) torque, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 2021 Envision includes a suite of standard safety features, including blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert. Four trim levels are offered: base, Preferred, Essence, and for the first time, Buick's premium Avenir trim. [16]

In China, the new Envision is sold alongside the first-generation Envision as the Envision S. [17] The new Envision continues to be assembled in China, but has moved to the Jinqiao plant where Cadillac models are built, including the XT4 with which the Envision shares its platform. [16]

Envision Plus

Launched during the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, the Buick Envision Plus is a stretched version of the Envision that serves as a three-row crossover SUV variant of the regular Buick Envision S in China. The wheelbase has been extended to 2,833 millimeters, and resulted in a length of 4,845 mm. [18]


Buying public

In 2017, the Envision was Buick's third bestselling model in the U.S. with sales of just over 41,000 units. Sales in the U.S. dropped 27% in 2018 but rebounded slightly in 2019. In 2020, Envision was the only Buick model in the U.S. to see a sales increase over 2019.

Tariff Impact

On August 6, 2018, General Motors announced that it might withdraw the Envision from the United States market, should a request to seek a waiver to continue to import the vehicle be denied. GM sought the waiver amid a trade disagreement between the United States and China over tariffs that could hurt the sales of the Envision. The automaker sees the potential exemption as "the only way" to continue offering the vehicle to U.S. consumers, according to GM President Dan Ammann. [19] The exemption was denied on May 29, 2019, but GM has opted to pay the tariffs without raising the price on the vehicle for the time being. Buick is confident that ongoing talks between China and the United States could spare the Envision's future in North America. [20] [21]


Calendar yearUnited StatesChina [22]
201614,193 [23] 275,383
201741,040 [24] 236,229
201830,152 [25] 191,029
201933,229 [26] 132,568
202034,942 [27] 167,880

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