Buick has reimagined the Envision for 2021. With new styling, updated interior, and more standard tech, the next-gen Envision looks poised to take on the rest of the luxury field.
Some brands know how to do tradition right. Porsche and the 911, Toyota and the Landcruiser, Jeep and the Wrangler. Speed, agility, adventure, longevity; these qualities are all encapsulated in the distinctive cues and curves of these cars. Flip to the 2020 Buick Envision and tradition has given way to stagnation. Buick’s design as a whole has seemingly been stuck somewhere in the mid-90s since, well, the mid-90s. The 2021 Buick Envision looks to change that.
The new Envision, arriving in early 2021, is a thorough revamping of the Buick’s design. Wider and shorter than last year’s model, the 2021 Envision possesses a more aggressive stance. That new demeanor is reinforced with freshly narrowed headlights and taillights. There’s also a new tailgate spoiler, new five-spoke wheels, and a redesigned lower front end. Suffice to say, the new Envision looks much more capable of taking on chic competition from the likes of Acura, BMW, and Lincoln.
It’s not just the outside of the Envision that has gotten a makeover. The interior has also been reworked for the modern driver. A new dashboard prominently features a 10-inch touchscreen canted 18° toward the driver for a driver-centric focus usually reserved for sportier cars. Smooth lines swoop and run long distances across the interior and accentuate the contrast stitched leather and two-tone color scheme.
Buick hasn’t released much official information on the powertrain of the 2021 Envision. Confirmed is a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine paired with their laudable 9-speed automatic transmission. Last year’s version made 252hp and we can reasonably expect to see at least slight improvements on that number next year. Gas mileage in the 2020 Envision was 20 city/25 highway and which is typical of the segment.
The Envision currently comes with a generous offering of standard features including a hands-free liftgate, power front seats, and keyless entry. New standard features on the 2021 will reportedly include safety features like lane keep assist and departure warnings as well as forward collision and pedestrian warning. Also new will be a self-parking system, a follow distance indicator, and safety-seat alerts. That last one is fairly novel with the seat bolsters vibrating, right or left, to correspond to road hazards on either side of the vehicle.
Perhaps the biggest single addition to the Envision is the new ultra-high end Avenir trim level seen on the Regal and Enclave. “The Pinnacle of Buick Luxury” will add extra flare with upgraded exterior trim including a special grille and wheels, fancier interior materials, and a bevy of standard features and available upgrades. With the base Envision starting at around $38,000, you can expect the top trim Avenir to run about $50,000.
Given Buick’s reputation for a quiet ride, you can expect the Envision to be even more becalming than last year’s model. And with the new, wider stance, there’s a good chance the Envision will add at least a little to its already spacious interior room.
New tech, a much needed (and successful) visual overhaul, and a quiet and comfortable ride offer the 2021 Buick Envision a good chance to compete with the best in the luxury crossover segment.