When you think of driving into the future, there’s a good chance that you don’t immediately think of brands like Buick and, instead, think of Tesla. That’s understandable, but Buick is hoping to change that mindset by offering the latest innovative technology in their lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs. That innovation is exactly what you’ll find on the 2021 Buick Envision, which is helping Buick build its reputation for offering advanced safety and connectivity features to drivers looking for a well-equipped luxury SUV.
How is Buick shifting the gears of its reputation? Tools like the Buick Driver Confidence Plus package and Amazon Alexa Built-In take the Buick experience to an entirely new level. Here’s a look at the all-new 2021 Buick Envision and its impressive suite of safety and connectivity technology that you won’t want to miss.
Driver Confidence Plus
While self-driving cars have yet to make it into the industry, Buick goes the extra mile to make driving the 2021 Envision an enjoyable experience by offering the Buick Driver Confidence Plus package. Designed to give drivers more confidence behind the wheel, this suite of nine advanced safety features limits the potential for collisions with features like a Forward Collision Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. It also takes the guesswork out of everyday driving like parking or backing up with tools like the Rear Park Assist and the available HD Rear Vision Camera.
The suite comes standard with Automatic Emergency Braking, a Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, IntelliBeam Auto High Beams, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist. The Envision also comes with an HD Rear Vision Camera that gives drivers a clear view of the area behind the SUV. Buick gives drivers the option to add advanced features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist, HD Surround Vision, and Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking.
Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking + Forward Collision Alert
Automatic Emergency Braking is a standard feature on all vehicles, but Buick improves this feature with an enhanced version that works with the Forward Collision Alert. Together, these features work to prevent or reduce the severity of a front-end collision by monitoring the vehicle directly ahead of the Envision whether it’s traveling down a city street or a busy highway. By using radar and cameras, the sensors determine when the Envision is too close to the vehicle ahead and will alert the driver to the potential collision. If the driver responds, but a collision is imminent, the tool enhances the driver’s braking or provides hard emergency braking.
HD Surround Vision
Similar to the enhanced automatic braking, Buick also improved the high-definition rearview camera with what Buick calls “HD Surround Vision.” While the rearview camera only gives drivers a view of the rear of the vehicle, HD Surround Vision uses multiple cameras to give the driver an overhead view of the vehicle and the surrounding area. Drivers can still utilize the rearview camera in addition to accessing the cameras whether the Envision is parked or driving at low speeds.
Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist
Do you cringe at the thought of parallel parking on a busy street? Do you drive around the block a few times, hoping that traffic will clear and you can pull into a spot without hassle? Buick recognizes that parallel parking isn’t for the faint of heart and offers drivers an Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist feature on the 2021 Envision.
The tool searches for an available parallel or perpendicular parking space. Once it locates a space, it steers, brakes, and shifts gears as needed to maneuver the vehicle into the parking space. The tool can also work in reverse to unpark the vehicle after parallel parking and, to ensure the safety of the driver, always gives the driver the opportunity to take control of the vehicle by overriding the tool.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Imagine cruising down the highway and not having to constantly adjust your cruise control to match the flow of traffic. That’s the beauty of innovative technology like Adaptive Cruise Control. Once the driver selects the appropriate gap from the traffic ahead of the Envision, Adaptive Cruise Control will maintain that distance. This means the driver can confidently set the cruise control without having to frequently brake, accelerate, and reset the feature based on the traffic ahead.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Beyond its premium safety suite and driver-assist features, the 2021 Envision also offers the latest in connectivity and infotainment. The Preferred or base model Envision comes standard with an 8-in touchscreen Buick Infotainment System that gives drivers access to apps like Spotify, Pandora, and Fox Sports as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. For the first time in history, Buick adds a 10.2-in touchscreen infotainment system to the Essence and Avenir trim options.
The oversized touchscreen display is part of Buick’s Technology Package I and gives drivers easier access to a variety of in-vehicle apps as well as others like messaging and music from their compatible smartphones. The package also includes the HD Surround Vision camera, Front and Rear Park Assist, HD Radio, Head-Up Display, a Universal Home Remote, and a Memory Card receptacle. Drivers gain access to SiriusXM radio, which sounds crisp and clear on the Bose 9-speaker premium audio system.
For drivers looking to take the Technology Package I a step further, Buick offers the Technology Package II that features more safety and driver-assistance technology. This package includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking, Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist, a Rear Camera Mirror, Continuous Damping Control, and LED headlamps with improved functionality. The package is available on the high-end Avenir trim and ensures drivers have all the connectivity and convenience features they need to confidently get behind the wheel of the Envision.
Other Features You’ll Love
Between the driver-assist features and the innovative connectivity and infotainment technology on the 2021 Envision, there’s no question that Buick did everything possible to prove its commitment to offering the latest tech. Fortunately for Buick fans, the automaker didn’t stop there and built an SUV that truly has it all, from its tech to its sleek appearance, ample interior room, and powerful engine. These are just a few other features that you’re sure to love on the sophisticated SUV.
Drivers not only stay connected and safe when they get behind the wheel of the Envision, but they’ll also have an enjoyable drive with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. The engine and its 9-speed automatic transmission deliver an impressive 228 horsepower. This power and performance don’t come at the cost of fuel economy, with the Envision averaging 24 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Add in the fact that the Envision offers seating for five and up to 52.7 cu.ft. of cargo volume, and there’s no question why all eyes are on the 2021 model!
Can You Envision It?
Buick had every intention of turning heads with the 2021 Envision and, thanks to an array of new safety and connectivity features, it’s done exactly that. From tools like Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking reducing the potential for collisions to Buick’s first available 10-in touchscreen as well as comfort luxuries like a driver’s seat massage, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel, the 2021 Envision truly has it all. Now the question is, can you envision yourself behind the wheel of Buick’s all-new sleek SUV?