The rollout of the 2016 Buick Envision has been a bit of an interesting one. Buick has been quiet about the Chinese-built crossover, including avoiding a total announcement of its $42,995 starting price. Of course the quietness has led to some confusion because the 2016 Envision starts at the $43,000 mark, but the 2017 Envision will start out at $34,990. Let us explain.
In an effort to get the Envision out quickly, the 2016 model year has been limited to only two trim levels, Premium and Premium II. In the Buick world, these are higher-end trim levels. Additionally, the 2016 model is limited to only the 2.0-liter turbo engine, twin-clutch all-wheel-drive and just a handful of standalone options. For that reason, the “base price” of the 2016 model rests at an eye-opening $42,995.
While the 2016 model will be launching in the next month or so, Buick says the 2017 Envision will be launching this fall. With the new model year comes a host of new trim levels and options, including a new base engine, GM’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder. With that said, the 2017 model will lower the base price to the more appropriate $34,990 with the base trim. Customers of the 2017 model will also be able to opt for the Preferred trim at $36,795 or the Essence at $38,645. Both Premium and Premium II trims also remain in 2017 and remain the only trim levels to offer the turbo engine.
So for now, yes the base price on the 2016 Buick Envision is $42,995 when it hits dealerships next month. However in a few months, Buick will be saying “just kidding” and offering the 2017 Envision with more options (or rather less?) and a lower price tag.