2021 Buick Envision Is a Stylish Sight to See

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The Envision, the middle child of Buick’s SUV lineup, is getting an update for 2021 that gives it a stylish new exterior, standard safety technologies and a Buick-first 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Buick will also give the Envision its own range-topping premium Avenir trim level.

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New Look Outside

The exterior of the 2021 Envision is much more sculpted than its predecessor, which was something of a generic SUV shape with lightly scalloped sides. There’s a much larger grille with additional front air intakes that look like they could be more than decoration, and the hood has three distinct ridges running from the grille to the windshield. Much narrower headlights also help to modernize the new Envision’s appearance.

More aggressive sculpting on its sides gives the new Envision a more cohesive appearance, and the bottoms of the doors include a metallic trim piece that better highlights the Envision’s angles. Out back, the rear windscreen is more angled. There are narrower taillights and more premium-looking metallic exhaust finishers along with a metallic piece along the lower portion of the bumper.

New Tech Inside

Buick will equip the Envision with the brand’s first-ever 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard along with pre-installed Amazon Alexa connectivity and Pandora, Spotify and Fox Sports apps.

Standard safety technologies on the Envision include forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, rear parking sensors and Buick’s Safety Alert Seat warning system to check for rear passengers before exiting the vehicle. Additional optional safety features will include a head-up display, front parking sensors, blind spot monitor with lane change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic parking assistance and 360-degree camera view.

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What We Don’t Know Yet

Buick says the Envision will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, but hasn’t yet provided additional details like power figures or estimated fuel economy.

There will also be an Envision-first Avenir trim — Buick’s fanciest trim level — but the brand also hasn’t released details on what that will entail.

According to Buick, more info will be revealed later this year ahead of the 2021 Envision’s arrival at dealerships “early next year.”

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