Buick’s compact luxury SUV is a great option in between the Encore and Enclave, if you don’t mind the fact that a $34,015 Envision is coming from China – now with certain upgrades for the upcoming 2019 model year.
General Motors has used the same D2XX architecture as seen inside the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain for the Envision, so naturally the model is going to become available with all the options seen inside its brothers. There are two four-cylinder engines available, and a choice of a six-speed automatic and seven-speed dual-clutch that’s actually reserved solely for the Chinese market. For the upcoming 2019 model year, so that translates to late next year, the compact crossover will slot above its Chinese counterpart thanks to the introduction of a new nine-speed automatic option.
It’s a transmission choice that was developed in cooperation with Ford and it’s also more compact than ZF’s own nine-speed auto that’s being used across the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles product range. We found all this through the leaked ordering guide for the 2019 model year, where it also states the transmission – coded 9T50 – will only be offered on the Premium trim level, while the standard, Preferred, and Essence will retain the older six-speed auto. There’s also a new color – Satin Steel Gray, LED taillights, bi-LED headlights from the Premium trim level upwards, and the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter engine will arrive with a hidden exhaust for the base, Preferred, and Essence trim levels.