- photos from gm's partner saic in china, where the buick envision is a popular model, reveal what the interior of the 2021 model will look like, and it's impressive.
- the top-end envision avenir has a level of luxury that is on par with the cadillac xt4.
- the u.s.-market version will be out in early 2021.
offense sells tickets, but defense wins games. so said the late, great bear bryant. if he'd been a car guy instead of a football coach, he might have said that while exterior styling sells cars, it's ultimately the interior design that matters more. and he probably would have liked what buick has done with the new envision.
after releasing initial exterior shots and details just over a month ago, gm has now provided our first glimpse inside the handsomely redesigned compact crossover.
the new envision's dashboard is visually split both horizontally and vertically. the 10.0-inch touchscreen is canted 18 degrees to port, contributing to a driver-centric layout more commonly seen in sports cars. hvac vents below visually divide the infotainment system from the center console, where the push-buttons replace the shift knob, with more auxiliary controls moved to the screen to further reduce aesthetic clutter.
the cabin is swathed in contrast-stitched leather (pictured on the standard model in two-tone brown and black) and accented with laser-engraved piano lacquer trim. the long list of features includes bose surround sound, wireless apple carplay capability, a head-up display, negative-ion air purification, ventilated seats, and more than 20 interior storage spaces—all capped by an oversize panoramic glass roof.
if none of that paints a luxurious enough picture for you, the range-topping avenir model (pictured inside in black and white) ought to give the cadillac xt4 a run for its upmarket money.
these photos were released by gm's chinese partner saic for the china market, where the new model will be sold as the envision s alongside the outgoing model. we hope it'll look largely the same inside when it makes the voyage here early next year.