Buick Reveals Envision Pricing; Stingy Buyers Will Want to Wait for 2017
Buick’s turbocharged, Chinese-made Envision crossover is landing on American shores in early summer, but the price could cause some buyers to rethink their purchase date.
Holding the title of being the first U.S. model manufactured in China, the Envision is already a two-year veteran of the overseas market. Americans are notoriously SUV-thirsty, so it was inevitable that the Envision would make its way here, loaded with a high level of standard equipment.
The starting MSRP for the 2016 Envision is $42,995 (all charges included), a figure that tops the range-leading Enclave, which starts at $39,065 (minus freight, destination and fees).
Available in Premium and Premium II trim levels, the Envision comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 252 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. The sole engine choice is hooked up to standard all-wheel drive. Leather and autonomous safety functions also come standard, because that’s what Buick buyers expect.
While the price of the earliest models seen steep, don’t expect that situation to last long.
Buick spokesman Michael Ofiara said that although the Buicks arriving in June will carry a $42,995 price tag, more diversity in trim and pricing is on the way.
“There’s a short run of 2016 units until the 2017 units arrive in the fall and will offer more trim levels and a lower starting price of $34,990 for the base model,” said Ofiara.
The Envision fills the gap between the Encore, which gets an update this fall, and the three-row Enclave. Plenty of competition awaits the plush import, including the Cadillac XT5, Acura RDX and Audi Q5.
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