When we talk about sleek and sporty cars, I bet the word Buick never creeps up. However, the automaker is keen on changing all that. The automaker has been gradually updating its models and is slowly getting more people to look their way when shopping for sleek and sporty automobiles.
In a Sunday event just before advent of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Buick unveiled the new Avista coupe concept. The 2+2 concept doesn’t only propel the brand design language forward but also revisits the company’s enviable past.
The Avista has evolved from the Avenir concept showcased last year. Most of the Avista concept design cues are already featured albeit in muted form on the 2017 LaCrosse. This elicits the question whether the model will be taken into production or only its design cues will be integrated on existing models. If Buick takes this model into production the way it is then I believe they will have moved from the sleek and entered into the sexy and seductive world.
Also showcased that day was the new midsize crossover, the Buick Envision which is built in China but the automaker plans to ship it to the US sometimes this year.
Buick Avista Concept Exterior
As said earlier, the Buick Avista concept is an evolution of the Avenir full-size sedan concept which debuted at Detroit last year. Though the automaker didn’t disclose it, we understand that the vehicle will ride on GM’s Alpha platform which is shared by the likes of Cadillac ATS, Chevy Camaro and Cadillac CTS.
Similar to the Avenir, the Avista features an athletic and swept-back exterior profile set on rear haunches. The vehicle rides on a 110.7-inch wheelbase which combines with its 63-inch front and 62.9-inch rear tracks to create a profile that looks anxious to sprint forward.
Its intent to rush forward is further evidenced by its numerous body lines that appear to shoot back up over its hood and along the sides. All the lines appear to have a single origin in front of the Buick Emblem. At the front, the Avista features the classic waterfall grille with its unique vertical slats. The Buick tri-shield badge is mounted on the upper part of the grille. The grille is flanked by headlights which are pointed towards the central axis resulting in an intimidating look. The look is further enhanced by the headlights eyebrows.
Other features include vents similar to those of the Ashton Martin which are chiseled ahead of each door, steeply raked taillights and a fender line flowing into its muscular haunch. Its sporty credentials are further enhanced by its sharp exhaust outlets. To crown the sexy piece of art is Superior Blue paintwork.
The vehicle rides on 201-inch wheels which do little to hide their large brake discs.
Buick Avista Concept Interior
On the inside, the 2+2 cabin layout is accentuated by similar character lines on the exterior. Light colors and modern materials such as carbon fiber and stitched leather are used to craft a modern-age luxury feeling.
Its wave-quilt patterns featured on its seat inserts which fade away halfway towards its seatbacks adds to the modern luxury experience. Its center console is dark colored and intersects with the undersides of its armrests and primary dashboard surface.
The vehicle also features a futuristic Buick’s IntellliLink infotainment system featuring touch-screen controls that stretch over a large instrument panel. The cabin also features Next-gen Quiet Tuning noise reduction, air quality control and a 3-D printed trim.
Under the hood, the Buick Avista Concept promises to be a real badass. The coupe concept is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0 L, V-6 engine which promises to produce a whopping 400 horses.
The engine is mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission system that sends power to the rear wheels. If the model reaches production, it will be the first Buick model since the Rainer SUV to feature RWD. To increase its fuel efficiency, Buick has hooked up the engine with an Active Fuel Management commonly known as cylinder deactivation system as well as a Stop/Stop function.
The vehicle’s handling characteristics are enhanced by addition of a Ride Control suspension that features in a number of other GM vehicles.
It is not clear if the Buick Avista will make it into production but we really hope it does. Keep coming back for more updates.