Buick unveils the Envista, a crossover SUV designed to attract sedan owners, young professionals and small families to the Buick portfolio.
Starting at $23,495, the division’s new entry-level vehicle takes many styling cues from the acclaimed Buick Wildcat EV concept vehicle unveiled last June, said Buick’s interior and exterior design manager. says Kevin Nugarede.
The purpose of the concept car was to convey the brand’s new design language that would influence future Buicks, including the Envista.
These design elements include a low-profile silhouette and forward-leaning nose. Nogarede told Wars during a vehicle walkaround at the General Motors Design Dome in Warren, Michigan last week.
The new Buick emblem is mounted directly above the sleek, intricately designed grille. He says cues for this design are taken from Buick’s heritage vehicles of the past.
The Envista is the successor to the Encore subcompact SUV. Depending on trim level, rivals include Honda HR-V, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taos, Subaru Outback, Mazda CX-30 and Honda Civic.
1.2L turbo 3 cylinder. A 6-speed automatic transmission is present in all three trim levels. The engine is 62 lb.-ft and he is expected to produce 136 horsepower. (220 Nm) of torque combined with GM’s estimate of his 30 mpg (7.8 L/100 km).
The engine’s turbocharger allows it to reach peak torque much faster and maintain it over a longer RPM band, resulting in a more responsive and engaging driving experience, said the small SUV’s chief development engineer. Scott McLane said.
Buick plans to announce and launch three more products in the next 18 months, one of which will be the BEV, which hits showrooms in late 2024, he said. A battery-electric version of Envista is planned for 2030. maclean says to Wards.
The ’24 Envista is available in three trims: Preferred (starting at $23,495), Sport Touring (starting at $25,195), and luxury sub-brand Avenir (starting at $29,695). Avenir trim levels are also offered on other Buick models.
The Envista offers sedan dynamics with its long wheelbase, low roof and streamlined profile. Athletic stance in contrast to Encore’s stocky silhouette. According to Buick management, the goal is to rethink what Buick can do in the white space of the small SUV segment. It offers the cargo space and practicality of an SUV in the sporty, sophisticated proportions typical of a sedan.
“This is a huge opportunity across sedans, small sedans, even hatchbacks, and definitely small SUVs, to bring back the millions of people who have been forced to buy a used car or discounted from the market. We see a huge opportunity,” says Rob Peterson, Marketing Manager. Manager, Buick.
A vehicle’s infotainment screen contains 19 diagonal lines. (48 cm) combined LCD screen. Like the ’24 Encore GX, the Envista has 11 inches. (28 cm) diagonal infotainment screen, largest in segment (pictured above).
Avenir and ST logos are embroidered on each trim’s headrests, and a flat-bottom steering wheel is standard on all trims.
The ’24 Envista also comes standard with active safety and driver assistance technologies such as automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning and automatic high beams. A high-definition rear vision camera is also standard equipment.
Envista also offers available safety and driver assistance technologies such as Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Spot Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving isn’t available as an option in any trim level because the vehicle is entry-level, McLane said.
Customers can preview the Envista on Buick.com starting April 19th, and can build and order online later this summer. The Envista will be produced at his GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea.