Consensus has it: the Buick Avenir concept is hot. So hot, in fact, that chickens have been laying hard-boiled eggs after seeing the new full-size concept with their own eyes. And though we’re into hard-boiled eggs as much as the next guy, we’re not here to talk about them. Instead, let’s focus on what lies beneath the Avenir’s hood and aluminum Omega vehicle architecture.
Refreshingly, the Avenir isn’t powered by some conceptual engine making 5,000 horsepower while returning infinite amounts of fuel economy. Instead, its powertrain seems to be an iteration of GM’s current engine and transmission technologies. The same goes for its suspension system.
To whit: Buick says that the Avenir concept is powered by a “next-generation direct-injected V6 engine with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and stop/start technology”. Doesn’t that sound like an improvement (adding AFM and stop/start) to The General’s current line of six-bangers, most prominently represented by the naturally-aspirated 3.6L LFX and twin-turbo 3.6L LF3. Seems that way to us.
Tasked with transmitting the power to the axles is a “nine-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission”. Call us crazy, but doesn’t that sound like the gearboxes currently being developed by GM and Ford?
And though the Avenir’s new Omega architecture is as rear-wheel-drive as rear-wheel-drive gets (just look at those proportions), Buick says that the concept features a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system. Could it be similar to the trick AWD setup we see on the 2016 Buick Envision?
Furthermore: the Avenir’s suspenders feature “driver-selectable” suspension damping adjustments. Sounds like GM’s coveted Magnetic Ride Control to us.
So, at least when it comes to the powertrain and suspension, the Avenir seems to be less “concept”, more “not-too-distant reality”.