Buick unveiled the new Envision at the end of May, but it is only now that interior images of the fully revamped luxury crossover have emerged. It should be noted that these do not represent the North American variant, as we are currently examining the Envision S sold in China. Since the two models are practically identical outside, it should be the same in the passenger compartment.
We keep our fingers crossed, the Envision sold in the People’s Republic will have an identical cabin in the United States, because it seems to be a massive improvement compared to the old model. The dashboard is now less cluttered thanks to the larger touch screen that has allowed Buick to integrate some of the traditional controls into the infotainment system. The screen now measures 10 inches and is oriented towards the driver, while the clunky speed selector from the previous generation is now a thing of the past.
Among the two interior configurations presented by the Chinese subsidiary of General Motors, the brightest (in the top image) with fancy upholstery is the top range Avenir model with all the bells and whistles. Side note, the high-end crossover has won the suffix “S” in China to differentiate it from the model of the previous generation, which will remain on sale locally.
The completely redesigned envision runs on the same E2 platform as the Cadillac XT4 and according to North American specifications, it will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Buick says additional details and images will be released later this year, including for the premium Avenir flavor.
Scheduled to go on sale in early 2021, the revised Envision will complement another new crossover in Buick’s North American lineup, the Encore GX. With Opel and Vauxhall now part of the PSA group, Encore is no longer linked to Mokka, which uses French foundations for the new generation model recently introduced.