There are some models that cannot be classified as either mainstreams or luxury and Buick Envision 2018 is one of them. The blending of premium features and higher than average pricing makes its cars a tad above entry level ones. Envision is its new entry into the SUV segment and it sits between Enclave and Encore. It has become popular owing to a comfortable ride, nice amenities and loads of technology used by GM. For 2018, it gets a revamp that will help it tackle the rising competition in its segment. It has enough elements to combat with the likes of Volvo XC60, Lincoln MKC, and Acura RDX.
Buick Envision 2018 – Fresh New Look
The Buick Envision 2018 will be ideal for buyers who do not mind spending a little more for a mid-sized SUV that gets most things right- with a dash of lavishness thrown in. The typical Buick design traces are all there with plenty of curvatures on its body. There are 4 trim levels- Convenience, Leather, Premium and Premium II. Overall styling is somewhat subdued and it will not win style lovers.
The cabin of 2018 Envision looks more enticing than its exterior, as it is. The materials used inside ooze luxury. You may feel many of the inner parts have been taken straight from the luxurious Cadillac models. The cabin is not cramped but the rear seat is best suited for two adults. All seats are comfortable and offer enough legroom, even for tall passengers. The nice thing is Buick’s active noise cancellation works very well- leading to near silent ride. Cargo capacity is 26.9 cubic feet. There are many storage bins in the cabin. These include center console bin and glove box.
Buick Envision 2018 – Engine Specs
The 2018 Envision gets a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 197 hp. However, top trims get a powerful 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit that makes 252 horsepower. The engines are clubbed with a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox. The beefier engine gets a twin-clutch all-wheel drive setup. Acceleration and ride quality is pretty good. Buick has used automatic engine stop/start system.
Technology and Safety:
The Buick Envision 2018 gets a lot of safety tech along with entertainment options. The 8-inch touch screen in the cabin is used to operate Buick’s IntelliLink system, and this is on par with Chevrolet’s MyLink. It supports Bluetooth and Smartphone integration. The inclusion of 4G LTE hotspot is a great feature. The Teen Driver technology which is also seen in most new GM cars is available in it.
The 2018 Envision gets airbags, stability control, lane-keep assist, antilock brakes, rear parking sensors and forward collision warning. With Driver Confidence package you get adaptive cruise control, surround-view camera and autonomous emergency braking.
Base trim gets 18-inch wheels, LED running lights, automatic headlights, roof rails, remote start, keyless entry/ignition, cruise control. It also gets auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated seating, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, cloth upholstery. The Leather trim gets tri-zone automatic climate control, blind-zone monitor, rear cross-traffic alerts, leather upholstery and heated steering wheel.
The Premium trim brings in 19-inch wheels, forward collision alerts, automatic wipers, lane keeping assist, front parking sensors, Bose premium audio system, and household power outlet. The Premium II trim gets adaptive xenon headlights, a navigation system, ventilated front seats. Extra add-ons are trailer tow package, sunroof, side steps, and cargo cover.
Buick Envision 2018 – Price and Release Date
The 2018 Buick Envision pricing will start at approx $35,000 and the top trim may be priced around $50,000. The release date may be in late 2017.
The Buick Envision 2018 is a decent mid-sized SUV with good engine choices and tech features. The price tag may seem a little too much for what it offers but it is one SUV you may try.