A new grille and revised hatch should give the crossover a fresh look.
The Buick Envision is still a fresh face in the Canadian auto market, but new spy shots indicate that the company is already working on a styling refresh for the 2018 model year. While these photos don’t show the interior, there might be some tiny aesthetic tweaks in there, too.
Buick’s cladding on the front end doesn’t do much to hide the styling changes. The grille is smaller than on the current crossover, and there are revised headlights that seem to have larger projectors. The lower fascia also looks a little narrower but might be somewhat wider than the present part.
At the back, the hatch now has a V-shaped element in the middle and revised taillights that connect to it. There’s also evidence of a new rear bumper with better integration of the tailpipes.
Given how new the Envision is on the market, we don’t expect big powertrain changes. The model currently comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and a six-speed automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive. There’s also a front-wheel drive version with a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder that produces 197 hp and 192 lb-ft, but all-wheel drive is an option on it too.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety already crash tested the Envision. The crossover earned its Top Safety Pick+ honor when equipped with the optional front automatic braking tech.
The Envision is the first Chinese-made vehicle that one of America’s Big Three automakers is selling in North America, and reviews are generally positive for it. Since introducing the crossover during the summer, Buick has sold 656 of them in Canada (8,477 in the U.S.), till the end of October.