2016 Buick Envision starts at $42,995, lower-cost versions coming for 2017

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Buick’s made-in-China Envision crossover SUV goes on sale this summer.

It arrives as a 2016 model and only in two well-equipped but pricey options. The good news is lower-cost options will be offered once the 2017 model arrives in the fall.

The base option for 2016 is the Envision Premium I which will set you back $42,995. Above this is the Envision Premium II at $45,635. Crucially, both figures are well above the $39,990 starting price of the related Cadillac XT5.

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Standard on the Envision Premium I is leather trim, heated seats, remote start, blind-spot and forward-collision warning, and lane-keep assist. Upgrading to the Envision Premium II gets you a head-up display, automatic parking assist, HID headlights, ventilated seats and navigation.

2016 Buick Envision

2016 Buick Envision

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Options include a sunroof and Driver Confidence Package with adaptive cruise control, 360-degree camera monitoring and automatic emergency braking.

The only engine on offer is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivering an estimated 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and powers all four wheels via a standard all-wheel-drive system.

Car and Driver reports the 2017 Buick Envision will offer a less powerful 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine as well as standard front-wheel drive, thus helping to bring the price lower. It’s likely General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] is thinking anyone keen to park an Envision on their driveway immediately will be willing to pay for the pricier options.

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