The Envision moves downmarket to lure more buyers.Buick has made a series of updates to the new, Chinese-built Envision crossover for the 2017 model year. The most noteworthy change is the addition of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The direct-injected unit provides 197 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 192 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. It's the standard engine for the bottom three trim levels, while the top two models carry on with the existing 252-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four.
Both engines shift through a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers who opt for the 2.5-liter get front-wheel drive, and they can order all-wheel drive at an extra cost provided they don't select the base model. The 2.0-liter exclusively ships with all-wheel drive.
2017 also brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus a teen driver feature that's already offered on a handful of Chevrolet models. The function lets parents keep track of the distance driven, the maximum speed traveled, how often the driver went above the speed limit, and the number of times the various driving aids (such as forward collision alert) turned on. Parents can also set a maximum speed.
The Envision lineup is now divided into five trim levels named base, Preferred, Essence, Premium I, and Premium II, respectively. The first three trims are new for 2017, and they help lower the Envision's base price from $42,995 to $34,990.
The 2017 Buick Envision is scheduled to land in showrooms in the coming weeks. Its main rivals include the Acura RDX, the Lincoln MKC, and the Lexus NX.