2019 Buick Envision Debuts in China with Hybrid Model

The 2019 Buick Envision SUV is almost here. Its release date is unknown yet, but we assume it will arrive at Chinese market first. Also, the company revealed specs for the upcoming Envision, while fans still wait for confirmation of plug-in hybrid for the US release. Dimensions and curb weight of the 2019 Envision will be carried over from its predecessor, as well as main trim levels. Here, we must mention Essence and Preferred models.

As its siblings, Encore and Enclave, the 2019 Buick Envision will get some stylish updates to keep it fresh and tempting to buyers. Whatsoever, these three crossovers, although similar, will have unique details to offer to their customers. According to the latest news, there are changes in the engine room, with a new transmission on the way. The new gearbox will make crossover run smoother and quieter.

2019 Buick Envision rear

2019 Buick Envision Release Date and Debut in China

It is not a surprise to hear that Buick is launching the new SUV in China. The fastest-growing automotive market in the world is attractive to many companies. However, the US carmaker makes a radical step. Although the Chinese buyers can’t reach to the US customers with sales numbers, this could become the second-best area for selling crossovers in future.

2019 Buick Envision vs Encore vs Enclave

Although they are coming from the same manufacturer, Envision, Encore, and Enclave have specific details and equipment to make each model unique. The first difference is in size. The 2019 Buick Envision will take a spot between these two. It is a compact SUV. Enclave belongs to mid-size range, while the Encore is subcompact crossover. Well, Envision is less popular than its siblings, according to stats. However, the numbers are almost the same as for Enclave, while the Encore is far ahead of its cousins.

2019 Buick Envision dashboard

2019 Buick Envision Specs and New Transmission

The 2019 Buick Envision will come with two engine options. So far, we have confirmed a 2.5-liter unit as the base drivetrain. The alternative is 2.0-liter turbo mill with the output of 250 hp. The standard model is capable to produce almost 200 hp. Power goes through a 6-speed gearbox. As the alternative, buyers can purchase an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Hybrid Concept Comes Into Production

Debuted in Shanghai in 2017, the plug-in concept could get into production next year. The 2019 Buick Envision hybrid already draws some attention. However, the crossover with an electric motor will come after the official debut of standard SUV. We can assume that Buick is preparing it for the same spot where we saw it for the last time. The end of April in 2019 will probably host the presentation of hybrid crossover. Although Envision is not in the same class, it will compete Toyota Highlander Hybrid in green vehicles class.

2019 Buick Envision hybrid concept

2019 Buick Envision Interior Design and Dimensions

With a wheelbase of 108 inches, the compact crossover is not the shortest one in its segment. But, owners of the SUV can witness great handling and cornering abilities. The new 2019 Buick Envision will keep exterior dimensions of its predecessor. So, 184-inch long and 71-inch wide crossover will weight just under 4,000 lbs. Compared to the current version, it is a drop of 50 pounds, thanks to the higher usage of aluminum in body parts.

Trim Levels

The base trim level of the 2019 Buick Envision will remain 1SV. Buyers can get upgraded versions Preferred and Essence. A significant boost in price is felt on Premium trims. There are two types of Envision and Buick will bring them both back for next season. Top of the class Premium II model will cost around $50,000.

Buick Envision Essence vs Preferred

Premium crossovers are definitely the most luxurious. However, the most popular are Essence and Preferred. The price gap between these two is less than $2,000. But, for that money, we can get chrome roof rails and special wheels. Also, seats in the Essence model are covered with leather, while the Preferred crossover still holds cloth upholstery.

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