Thursday, April 21, 2016

2017 Buick Envision price

The first Buick imported from China isn't cheap!

For now, 2 models will be available.
Priced at $43 000 and $45 600.
They all get GM's 2.0 Liter Turbo with a 6 speed auto (Not even the newest/better 8 speed)

They both come pretty loaded, although the big sunroof is still an option on both (?)
Apparently, a couple of cheaper models will be available at the end of the year. (weird...)

At $43 000, it's obvious the benefits of cheaper labor cost in China have NOT been passed  on to the consumer!

Let's compare to he competition. With other "pretty loaded" models:

-An Audi Q5 with Premium package is $43 700. (And that includes a sunroof)
-A Mercedes with a couple of packages is $45 000.
-The new and much better looking Lincoln MKX "Reserve"is $46 300.

We'll see if the Envision turns out to be popular in the US.
I am sure "made in China" will never ever be mentioned. So customers will have no idea.
And basically, anything that is raised up and has a hatch in the back sells these days...

But to me, this looks pretty boring already. It really has no personality.
I mean it's not "Acura ugly" or "Lexus weird". Just blah.
And that interior is borderline vulgar (At least in pictures)

I sat a few times in the Lincoln MKX and was really, really impressed.
I think this would be my choice if I needed something like that.


Matt said...

It's becoming more and more common for automakers to launch their more expensive models first. Mercedes is notorious for it, launching AWD models before RWD. Early adopters will pay more.

Anonymous said...

It really pisses me off that this "Buick" is made in China! Good luck GM, you will never have me as a customer!

BostonMike said...

Yikes - that wood on the dash looks like shaggy carpeting

Anonymous said...

Typical GM pricing logic. They pick the competitors, then price their cars to match, regardless of whether they warrant it. Take the Cadillac ELR. They decided it was a Tesla competitor despite having only 2 doors and being based on the Volt, so they priced it at $75k. That's why we have the CT6 pushing $90k loaded and 4 cylinder CTS's over $50k. They wonder why the cars don't sell.

Anonymous said...

The price is ridiculous! I would consider the Audi competition... but never this boring Buick. I am 61 years old and I am far toooooo young to be driving a Buick.

Anonymous said...

Chinese or not....that things is damn boring. The over 65 crowd might be happy....