Buick’s Envision SUV had been introduced to the North American public in January and went on sale this summer, so we were pretty confused today when we saw the camouflaged prototype. Yes, the carmaker already works on the facelifted version that’s going to be introduced sometime next year as the 2018 Buick Envision.
Judging by the spy shots, the 2018 Envision will receive quite comprehensive cosmetic changes. The crossover SUV appears to feature a slimmer grille and larger headlights. The overall front fascia will be lowered, while the new bumper could add even bigger air intake. The testing model has nothing new on the sides, and moreover, the wheels are also unchanged. However, the rear end seems to have something redesigned. The hatch will stay pretty much the same, but the taillights and bumper should be revamped. In addition, the tailpipes will be changed as well. O yes, I almost forgot that there updated Envision is also getting tri-shield badge, which will be painted in blue, red and white.
Buick’s powertrain department won’t have some big job to do on the refreshed Envision. The crossover will likely continue to offer a base 2.5-liter naturally aspirated and an optional 2.0-liter turbo engine. The first one might be boosted a bit, so the entire output might go over 200 hp. On the other hand, the turbo mill will stay unchanged. You can expect the drivetrain with 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, all-wheel drive and a six-speed auto gearbox. In case you want the front-wheel drive model, you will have to settle with the base unit.
Those cosmetic changes won’t have any influence on the price, so the refreshed 2018 Buick Envision should cost around $42K. Look for the official debut in the second half of 2017.