Author: Steve Allen |

The 2016 Envision is an all-new luxury compact crossover with segment-challenging driving dynamics, advanced technology, connectivity and Buick’s trademark interior acoustics.

It is a global vehicle, designed from the ground up as a Buick luxury compact crossover. It goes on sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2016.

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

“The all-new Buick Envision is a modern, confident and responsive luxury compact crossover that combines the brand’s core characteristics with great performance features like our HiPer strut suspension,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “That dynamic experience behind the wheel is complemented by Buick’s signature luxury, whisper-quiet cabin and connectivity features to benefit drivers and passengers alike.”

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

Vehicle highlights include:

  • 252-horsepower (186 kW) 2.0L turbo engine with stop/start technology, Buick’s first crossover vehicle application of HiPer Strut front suspension and Buick’s first active Twin Clutch AWD system
  • LED daytime running lamps and rear LED accent lights
  • Efficiency-enhancing features including active grille shutters and a structure incorporating mass-reducing high-strength steel, and an aluminum hood
  • Standard heated front seats, rear seats, and steering wheel; available cooled front seats
  • Sliding, 60/40-split rear seat, offering the flexibility of more legroom for second-row passengers
  • Standard eight-way power-adjustable front seats and four-way-adjustable lumbar
  • Kneeling cushions in the second-row seat enable a flatter load floor when the seat is folded
  • Standard tri-zone climate control with rear-seat controls
  • Programmable power liftgate with hands-free operation
  • Active noise cancelation
    · Standard nineteen-inch aluminum wheels
  • Passive entry and push-button start with standard remote start
  • Standard Bose premium sound system
  • Available panoramic moonroof.
2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

The Envision is also designed to carry more than its competitors, with more rear cargo space than the Acura RDX and the Lincoln MKC. It’s also roomier for passengers, with more rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room, and overall Environmental Protection Agency-rated passenger volume than the MKC.

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

Design rewards with attention to detail

Designers and engineers were given a clean slate to develop the Envision and they employed supercomputer technologies to help make the most of the architecture for strength, stiffness and quietness. Every aspect of the vehicle’s design and its effect on refinement was taken into consideration – even the available panoramic moonroof was designed for lower wind noise when open.

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

“The Envision represents a compromise-free design that enabled the development team to do the things luxury customers appreciate,” said Judy Brennan, chief engineer. “Our attention to detail yielded tremendous strength and stiffness of the platform, which is evident in exceptional ride and handling characteristics.”

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

The clean-sheet design and stiff structure helped eliminate an estimated 22 pounds (10 kg) of add-on material to create whisper-quiet interior acoustics.

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

And while those attributes lie beneath the Envision’s skin, the skin itself is instantly recognizable as a Buick crossover with contemporary proportions, flowing lines and detailed surface features.

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

“There is tension in the Envision’s design that reflects elegant athleticism, rendering a planted stance that enhances driver confidence,” says Bryan Nesbitt, global executive director, Buick design. “It’s dynamic and youthful, with features that support the vehicle’s technologically advanced ambience.”

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

Envision features Buick’s signature winged headlamps and standard heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. Articulating Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps are available.

Dynamic passenger environment

The Envision’s interior features a “floating,” wraparound instrument panel sweeps into the door panels, for a flowing, organic and inviting appearance that complements the exterior.

“To put it simply, the Envision’s cabin combines beauty with innovation,” said Nesbitt. “It telegraphs dynamism like nothing else in the segment. Everywhere you touch is a stitched, soft surface. Everything you touch is designed for intuitive, effortless functionality.”

The large center console storage bin features damped dual wing-type doors that provide easier, less-obstructed access and allow the driver or passengers – even those in the rear – to access the storage bin without disturbing the other.

Technology and connectivity

The new Envision offers a standard 8-inch Buick IntelliLink screen, as well as available OnStar with 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

IntelliLink is the contact point for much of the Envision’s technology and connectivity. It provides intuitive operation of basic functions, yet is capable of linking up Bluetooth devices such as smartphones, as well as SD cards and MP3 players. Four USB ports, four 12-volt outlets and a 120-volt outlet are included.

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

A new steering wheel for Buick debuts in the Envision, featuring thumb-operated toggle switches that make it easy to scroll through the IntelliLink menus and vehicle features in the driver information center.

Powertrain and performance

The 2016 Envision features a standard 2.0L turbo engine SAE certified at 252 horsepower (186 kW) and 260 lb-ft of torque (353 Nm), which is more standard horsepower and torque than an Audi Q5. It is paired with a third-generation six-speed automatic transmission.

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

Performance and efficiency is enhanced with Stop/Start technology – Buick’s first application on the 2.0L turbo engine. It seamlessly shuts down the engine when the Envision comes to a stop under certain driving conditions, such as a stoplight. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake.

The 2.0L turbo engine is offered exclusively with AWD, giving the Envision performance consistent with vehicle’s ride and handling capabilities. The turbocharger features a twin-scroll design that helps the engine deliver a broad torque band, for a greater feeling of power on demand. Ninety percent of peak torque is available from 1,800 rpm to 5,500 rpm and the full 260 lb-ft of peak torque from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm.

The engine is designed with refinement-enhancing features such as balance shafts and sound-attenuating components; and is isolated on a hydraulically damped substructure that helps quell noise and vibration. Four powertrain mounts are used rather than the conventional three.

Ride and handling

The Envision’s robust structure is the foundation for a balanced and confident driving experience. Buick’s HiPer Strut front suspension reduces torque steer and benefits steering feel. It’s a feature inspired by the athletic Regal GS sedan and that is not currently offered on any crossover vehicle, including competitors such as the Audi Q5.

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

The Envision features Buick’s first active Twin Clutch AWD system designed to make the most of handling and stability in all driving conditions. It is a fully automatic, on-demand system engineered to deliver sure-footed handling in low-grip conditions, while also contributing to a quieter and smoother ride with minimal torque transferred to the rear wheels when all-wheel-drive traction isn’t needed.

Safety features

The Envision offers 360 degrees of available passive and active safety technology, including 10 standard air bags, available Automatic Park Assist, available Surround Vision camera system and Buick’s first use of Lane Keep Assist, which is standard.

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

2016 Buick Envision © General Motors

Automatic Park Assist measures a suitable parallel or perpendicular parking spot and steers the vehicle into it, while Lane Keep Assist helps the driver keep the vehicle in the lane with an automatic steering adjustment when an inadvertent lane departure is detected.

A rearview camera is standard, while the available Surround Vision provides an overhead view of the Envision that enhances the driver’s vision at low speeds, such as parking and reversing.

Additional 2016 model year standard and available safety features include:

  • Standard side-curtain and knee air bags
  • Standard Safety Alert Seat, which pulses to alert the driver about a possible crash
  • Standard Front Park Assist, Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Standard Following Distance Indicator
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control
  • Standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution
  • Standard cornering brake control and brake assist
  • Available Full Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Available Collision Mitigation Braking.


Recommended retail price (MSRP) starts from $42,070



2016 Buick Envision

Body style / driveline:

four-door, five-passenger compact crossover; front engine transaxle, all-wheel drive


steel body frame integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders, roof, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel, aluminum hood, thermal plastic olefin (TPO) bumper fascias

EPA vehicle class:


Manufacturing location:

Yantai, China

Key competitors:

Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Lincoln MKC



Ecotec 2.0L DOHC I-4 VVT DI Turbocharged

Displacement (cu. in. / cc):

122 / 1998

Bore & stroke (in. / mm):

3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86

Block material:

cast aluminum

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum


DOHC, four-valves per

cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

Valve lifters:

hydraulic roller finger follower

Ignition system:


Fuel delivery:

high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control

Compression ratio:


Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

252 / 186 (est.)

Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):

260 / 353 (est.)

Recommended fuel:

premium recommended but not required

Max. engine speed

(fuel cut-off):

6800 rpm

Emissions controls:

close-coupled, catalytic converter, positive crankcase ventilation; evaporative system

Additional features:

extended-life spark plugs; extended-life coolant

EPA-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy)




Hydra-Matic 6T70


six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive



Gear ratios (:1):
















Final Drive




Specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings; HiPer Strut suspension


Four-link independent rear with hollow stabilizer bar

Traction control:

all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention

Steering type:

electric rack-and-pinion power-assisted with cross-wind stabilization and road-shake stabilization

Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock:


Turning circle, curb-to-curb

(ft / m):

39.5 / 12

Steering ratio:

15.6 to 1



four-wheel disc w/ABS and electronic stability control

Brake rotor diameter – front

(in / mm):

12.6 /321

Brake rotor diameter – rear

(in / mm):

12.4 / 315

Wheels & Tires

Wheel size and type:

19-inch aluminum


235/50R19 AL3


Wheelbase (in / mm) :

107.9 / 2740

Overall length (in / mm):

183.7 / 4666

Overall width (in / mm):

72.4 / 1839

Overall height (in / mm):

66.8 / 1697

Front track (in / mm):

1575 / 62

Rear track (in / mm):

1575 / 62


Seating capacity (front / rear):

2 / 3

Headroom (in / mm):

39.96 / 1015 (front)

38.5 / 977 (rear)

Legroom (in / mm):

40.9 / 1040 (front)

37.5 / 952 (rear)

Shoulder room (in / mm):

57.0 / 1448 (front)

55.8 / 1417 (rear)

Hip room (in / mm):

54.4 / 1381 (front)

53.1 / 1348 (rear)

EPA passenger volume

(cu ft / L) :

100.6 / 2849

EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):

127.5 / 3610.6

Cargo volume (cu ft / L):

26.9 / 761 (behind rear seat)

57.3 / 1622 (rear seat folded)

4.3 Out of 5