You don’t see many of them on the road, but the unassuming Buick Envision is actually Buick’s third best-selling model in North America. The brand’s push to modernize and overhaul its image has resulted in a few new updates for the compact crossover.
For the 2019 model year, the Envision crossover gets revised styling that’s more inline with the latest LaCrosse sedan and seven-seat Enclave crossover, including the now-ubiquitous two-bar grille and a rear end that’s more sculpted.
The interior remains mostly the same, at least visually, but benefits from some hardware updates, including a better rear vision camera, improved hands-free microphone with better call quality and voice recognition, seat heaters that warm up quicker, and wireless charging for your phone. There is now an in-vehicle air ionizer that helps eliminate odors and reduce bacteria.
The biggest changes are found under the hood, where turbocharged Envision models get a boost in torque from 260 lb-ft to 295 lb-ft. thanks to the application of General Motor’s new nine-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower remains unchanged at 252 ponies.
Pricing for the updated, 2019 Buick Envision starts at $32,990, around $1,000 less than the 2018 model.
2020 Buick Enclave Brings New Sport Touring Package
Buick’s big SUV also gets a new infotainment system and optional surround-view camera system.
The Buick Enclave has received a few updates for its 2020 model year, most notable of which is a new Sport Touring package that gives it a sportier appearance.
Available on the Essence trim level, the ST package adds a unique body-color grille and 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with contrasting Satin Graphite pockets.
The 2020 Enclave also benefits from Buick’s next-gen infotainment system that’s standard on all models, complete with an 8-inch touchscreen. It can also be equipped with a new HD Rear Vision Camera, an HD Surround Vision systems, and a new, four-way power lumbar seat adjuster with a driver and front passenger massage feature that comes standard on Premium and Avenir editions.
The 2020 model year introduces three new exterior colors: Champagne Gold Metallic, Rich Garnet Metallic (Avenir only) and Dark Moon Blue Metallic.
Sales of the 2020 Buick Enclave begin in late summer 2019, with prices starting at $41,195 (including freight).
New, 2020 Buick Encore GX Grows Buick’s Crossover Lineup
The new Buick crossover slots between the smaller Encore and larger Envision in the United States and Canada.
General Motors has expanded the Encore lineup with the addition of the Buick Encore GX.
With its extended wheelbase, the Encore GX slots between the regular Encore and larger Envision and Enclave crossovers, measuring 5.0 cubic feet larger than its twin and 3.0 cubes smaller than the Envision.
Designers applied Buick’s latest styling language to both the exterior and interior. A chrome surround follows the curvature of the side glass and blends into the rear hatch, while a large grille with chrome decor cuts into the headlights. The modern interior offers typical infotainment tech, including a large dash-mounted touchscreen, sizable instrument cluster screen, and even a head-up display system.
The Encore GX comes standard with a bevvy of safety features, notably forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, front pedestrian braking, and automatic emergency braking. A rear camera mirror and surround camera system are optional extras.
According to GM, almost 90 percent of Buick’s U.S. and Canadian sales come from SUVs and crossovers. The Encore GX, as redundant as it might seem, gives the brand four models in the highly lucrative segment. Sales begin in early 2020.
In related news, Buick may stop selling cars to focus only on crossovers.
Buick Cascada Convertible Is Dead After 2019, And It Likely Won’t Return
It was virtually invisible, so no one is going to miss it.
Buick has confirmed that the Cascada convertible will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, so act fast if you still want one.
Rumors of the Cascada’s demise began popping up in late 2018 when Opel — which was formerly owned by General Motors — announced plans to stop building its version of the car in Poland. The model had reached the end of its product life cycle, so many questioned its fate.
“The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in [six of every 10] buyers from outside GM,” a Buick spokesperson told . Buick sold about 17,000 examples of the Cascada since adding the model to its portfolio for the 2016 model year, a measly figure that isn’t surprising considering the little advertising its received.
Production ends in the summer of 2019, and with Opel now owned by Peugeot and the convertible segment experiencing a perceptible decline all over the world, the odds of the Cascada being replaced in North America are slim to none.
The Cascada won’t be the only Buick to get the ax in 2019 — the LaCrosse full-size sedan will join it.
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