It's more attractive to buyers than ever before.
The Buick Envision is proving to be a highly attractive SUV, both in terms of its design and its pricing. It's also light on gas, and we have a good feeling that it'll be well-received when it arrives domestically. It's already been launched in China, and it's doing so well over there that GM has now decided to add another trim variant to the five-model lineup. Called the Envision S Luxury AWD, this is a reconfiguration of the existing Luxury trim level, but with an all-wheel-drive system included as standard.
This adds to preexisting models like the Elite, Luxury, Sport Edition, and the top-of-the-range Avenir. The Luxury trim, of which the new AWD model is a part, is now the only variant that offers two drive configurations, one with front-wheel-drive and this new AWD version. Before the introduction of the Envision S, only the Sport Edition and Avenir trims were available with power sent to both axles, both of which are more expensive than the Envision S. The system is pretty clever too, as it can manage torque between each of the rear wheels for better grip. There's also FlexRide technology, which offers four different drive modes: Comfort, Sport, AWD, and Off-Road.
The engine is unchanged and is the same one that is fitted to the rest of the lineup. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, with a nine-speed automatic transmission handling shifts. So what does this model cost? Converted to our money at the current rate of exchange, it'll set buyers back around $38,000. That's not bad for what you get, but the question on everyone's mind is whether it will come to America. We're crossing our fingers, but at the moment, there's no word on if China will have exclusive access to this model.