2016 Buick Envision Priced from $42,995

Entry price falls to $34,990 for 2017 model

The 2016 Buick Envision will start at $42,995, including destination, when it goes on sale this summer. The Chinese-built, five-passenger crossover will have a very short life for the 2016 model year, as the 2017 version will arrive this fall with a far more extensive options list.

For 2016, the Buick Envision is available in $42,995 Premium and $45,635 Premium II trim. Both come with a 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard equipment on the Premium includes leather seating, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, a Bose sound system, and safety features like lane-keep assist and forward-collision alert. Options include touchscreen navigation and a panoramic moonroof. Upgrading to the Premium II package nets buyers cooled front seats, HID headlights, a head-up display, self-park assist, and standard navigation.

For the 2017 model year, the Envision will become a little more accessible as several more affordable trim levels arrive. There will also be three trims of the 2017 Buick Envision fitted with a 197-hp 2.5-liter inline-four engine and front-wheel drive (though AWD is optional.) They will start at $34,990 for the Envision, $26,795 for the Envision Preferred, and $28,645 for the Essence. Though there are no official figures yet, Buick tells us the 2.5L FWD model will be more fuel-efficient than the

Those trim levels' lower prices reflect that they have less equipment on board that the Premium and Premium II -- a standard six-speaker sound system instead of the Bose one, for instance, and cloth seats instead of leather. Yet the standard features list on every 2017 Buick Envision is still generous: an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, powered and heated front seats, a backup camera, rear parking sensors, remote start, and General Motors' Teen Driver Mode.

The 2016 Buick Envision arrives in late May or early June, and will quickly thereafter be supplanted by the 2017 model that arrives in September or October. Buick says that even though only two trim levels will be available initially, the company wanted to rush the Envision to market because crossovers are such an in-demand segment.

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