The new Envista crossover is Buick’s next step in the company’s design revolution.
The Electra-X concept, which served as a preview for the production vehicle, was marketed as a “high-spirited urban compact SUV built for the progressive young generation and modern families in China.”
The Envista is the most athletic-looking tri-shield crossover because of its target market of young people. You can tell that this vehicle is a stylish crossover coupe that proudly displays Buick’s new global design language.
The latter is a radical departure from the norm, as the model does away with the conventional waterfall grille in favor of a more aggressive appearance achieved through the use of angular design elements such as a large intake decorated with horizontal bars. As we take a step back, we can make out the plastic cladding on the vehicle’s body and the windscreen’s curvy arc, which merges into the roof’s gentle slant. The Envista’s rear end is high and squared off, and it features thin taillights and a spoiler.
The GS package gives the vehicle a more aggressive look by including a black mesh grille and gloss black mirror covers. The red brake calipers stand out against the black 18-inch alloy wheels.
Dimensionally, the Envista is 182.6 inches (4,638 mm) in length, 71.5 inches (1,816 mm) in width, 61.6 inches (1,565 mm) in height, and has a wheelbase that is 106.3 inches (2,740 mm) (2,700 mm). The variant is 3.1 inches (79 mm) shorter in wheelbase, making it somewhat longer overall than the Envision.
Going inside, drivers will see a standalone 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a similarly sized 10.25-inch infotainment system. The latter is equipped with a Baidu navigation system, a brand-new Baidu intelligent voice command system, wireless Apple CarPlay compatibility, and over-the-air updates.
The model, according to Buick, features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a black interior, and chrome details. In addition, “suede-wrapped seats sporting unique stitching [to] enhance the premium experience” and a “flat-bottom steering wheel” are also included.
The model is built on “GM’s new-generation small SUV architecture,” according to Buick, and it has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 181 horsepower (135 kW) or 184 horsepower (PS). The latter is mated to a CVT, allowing the crossover to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds.
In China, the base price of a Buick is 150,000 ($21,828 / £18,605 / €21,903).