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Buick Envision Avenir: Mobility Voice Assistant

The second generation of this beautiful crossover or luxury midsize SUV continues to be manufactured in China for many markets, including the American ones. Manufacturing has now moved to SAIC-GM’s Jinqiao plant, where Cadillac models are made, including the XT4, with which Envision shares a platform.

The generation shift and manufacturing logistics involves many things, including better overall quality, much more equipment and, of course, a completely renewed image that will make more than one fall in love.

The design of this midsize SUV has evolved for the better, it will surely steal the look of severalThe design of this midsize SUV has evolved for the better, it will surely steal the look of several

The design has matured and evolved in a line much more premium than functional, as in the first generation. It is now lower and wider, creating a more imposing image. In the Avenir version, the top of the range, we will find 20 inch wheels and LED lighting in its entirety, including sequential rear turn signals. Regardless of taste, the aesthetic evolution is outstanding, perhaps one of his best cards.

Automatic parking assist, Head up Display, Full Mirror Display, 360 ° camera, adaptive cruise control, etc.  It has everything.Automatic parking assist, Head up Display, Full Mirror Display, 360 ° camera, adaptive cruise control, etc. It has everything Sandowalsky

Depending on the version, We will find different levels of finishes inside Buick Envision. The top-of-the-range stands out for premium materials, with leathers, contrasting stitching, good plastics and an overall quality feel.

The level of soundproofing is surprising, actively supported by the sound system, as well as a filter that significantly improves the quality of the air inside the cabin.

Digital instrument panel, keypad to control the gearbox and a lot of piano black finish off the interior, leaving us a very good feeling of quality. Who says high-quality cars are not produced in China?

The driving position is quite good and configurable for each body typeHowever, the length of the hood will not give us the best visibility to the ground in front of us. In favor, the complete package of driving aids, alarms, sensors, radars, etc., will make us enjoy driving with an outstanding level of safety.

OnStar 4G LTE includes WiF connectivity for up to seven devices within Envision with an unlimited data plan for the first year.OnStar 4G LTE includes WiF connectivity for up to seven devices within Envision with an unlimited data plan for the first year.

One of the important novelties is the incorporation, for the first time in Mexico, of the voice assistant Amazon Alexa. It is integrated under GM’s OnStar 4G LTE system and its data network, so it will be independent from our mobile phone.

With Alexa we can use many of the voice commands, Alexa Skills, and other curiosities that we may already be used to in the voice assistant at home, but for now it is only one-way, because we cannot ask anything to our device at home on our vehicle, but we can turn off the coffee maker that we forget turned on at home with a simple voice command from the car, although it will be necessary to press a button or the infotainment screen, as it is not activated only with the pronunciation of “Alexa”, like household devices.

The dynamics of this vehicle positions it as one of the benchmarks in its segmentThe dynamics of this vehicle positions it as one of the benchmarks in its segment Sandowalsky

One of the biggest changes comes from the side of an updated powertrain, which now includes a four-cylinder, 2.0 l turbo with almost 240 hp. In addition, it incorporates a modern nine-speed automatic transmission that will help improve the response of the engine and save a little gasoline if we do not have a heavy foot.

The brakes are easy to react and don’t tend to tire as easily, while the ride quality is wonderful, with active dampers and four-wheel independent suspension. Precise steering and a fairly satisfactory overall ride, they dynamically place it as a benchmark within its segment, betting heavily against brands such as Acura, Infiniti and soon Lexus.

Engine

L4, 2.0 l, 237 hp

Transmission

9-speed automatic, front-wheel drive

Performance

Vel. Max. ND

0-100 km / h: ND

Performance

15.2 km / l, tank: 55 l, autonomy 915 km

Tires

P 245 / 45R20

Security

Seven airbags, ABS, EBD, TCS, StabiliTrak, PDA, LDW, FCA, AEB and RCTA

Price range

From 779,900 to 849,900 MXN

Unit tested

Avenir: 849,900 MXN