The Opel Antara is one of the best known crossover SUV vehicles on the European market which was also present on the US market as a Buick. However, the model is quite old and it is about time to be changed with a new car which is actually going to bear a new name. The 2016 Buick Envision is a new model based on GM’s new modular platform which will allow them to build a lighter and more compact crossover while keeping the same space inside the cabin. Unlike its predecessor, the new Buick Envision 2016 is going to be more fuel efficient as well as more powerful which is the normal trend these days.
2016 Buick Envision redesign
On the interior there is going to be an abundance of luxury which is always nice in this class. The new Buick Envision 2016 will borrow the standard design from the more expensive crossover SUV vehicles and while the materials won’t be as premium as those, it will certainly offer an above the average experience with standard leather upholstery, satellite navigation, cruise control and even a premium audio system. The exterior dimensions will be similar to the older Antara, but slightly shorter and wider which should also give the passengers more room inside the cabin. The rear of the 2016 Buick Envision will feature a dual exhaust system while at the front pair of Xenon headlights and a big imposing grille borrowed from its bigger brother are going to be standard.
Buick Envision 2016 specs
In terms of engines, GM and Buick wanted something a bit more unique for their 2016 Buick Envision but the 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 or the twin-turbocharged model won’t come because this crossover SUV would become just too expensive. In their place, GM is going to use a new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4 engine which is capable of 256 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque which is quite a surprise considering most people expected a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated inline 4 or a hybrid engine. This will send its power to a standard all-wheel-drive system via an 8-speed automatic or an optional 9-speed automatic transmission. There are also rumors about the new Buick Envision 2016 with front-wheel-drive system and with a smaller 1.6-liter turbocharged engine which would provide as much as 180 horsepower.
2016 Buick Envision release date and price
While the Antara was based on the Grand Vitara and it was quite a dull model by any means, the new Buick Envision 2016 is actually a new model designed from ground up which will use the new D2XX platform. The 2016 Buick Envision price will be set just above $30,000 which might seem a bit much for a crossover SUV but it isn’t that much when compared to the other over $40,000 crossovers in its class.