Buick Avenir Concept Features Impressive, Realistic Cabin Technology: Deep Dive6
The Buick Avenir Concept hints at what a flagship vehicle could look like for Buick. In doing so, the concept serves as a harbinger for many upcoming features and components, including some impressive cabin tech.
At the heart of Avenir’s cabin technology lies a next-generation Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with a prominent, 12-inch (diagonal) color touch screen. The system features advanced device integration designed to enhance the user’s mood and make daily life a little easier.
The moment the vehicle is started, the system recognizes the driver and automatically syncs infotainment preferences and configures gauge clusters and infotainment screen displays based on prior customizations. The system then recognizes the user’s music preferences, calendar schedule and recently-visited locations from a smartphone’s GPS/mapping app, and can even pick up a podcast the user was listening to at the moment it was interrupted.
User experience specialists working on the Avenir also had home integration technologies in mind. Such functionality would enable such functionality as accessing home security cameras, turning on outside lights, or closing a garage door that was inadvertently left open — all from within the vehicle.
“The Avenir’s integration features build on the technologies already available or coming soon in smartphones and streamline them in a system that makes accessing and interacting with them easier,” said Wetzel.
The Avenir Concept features ionic cabin air filtration, mobile device wireless charging, and OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot — technologies that are already present on production Buicks today.
Meanwhile, the Avenir Concept provides rear-seat passengers with USB ports and personal video screens, allowing them to play back their media from the mediums and devices of their choosing.
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Attended the Detroit International Auto Show and I have to say the cars that impressed me the most are from Buick. I could not take my eyes off the Avenir. WOW….. it has been a long time since a car excited me this much. It ….is just beautiful. Very stylish and very sporty, yet very sleek looking for a full size sedan. A car that I would definitely consider. Then – walking only a few steps to the second turntable was the Casada !! Another WOW car…..and it is going into production in the Fall…
Kudo’s to Buick. My Mom and Dad always had Buick’s – I sometimes feel as if I was born in a Buick because I remember spending so much time in Buick’s, as we drove to Flint every weekend to see my Grandparents on US-10 as I-75 was just a dream. Again – Kudo’s to Buick……exceptional and very impressive.
An “Active Fuel Management” system on a V-6? You must be out of your minds, AFM is why I dumped my new 5.3 (wanna be) V-8 Silverado after 4999 miles, I hated it at 50 miles and GM would do nothing other than to offer me a “lifetime warranty” on the truck I could not tolerate to drive.
AFM on a V-6? The poor little engine will be so confused it will never know what it was meant to be, how cool will y’all be on the road sporting your delayed response, sickly V-4?
Run! Remember the 8-6-4 Cadillac’s.
Honda does it very successfully and seamlessly.
So does GM… The 3.9 V-6 in my ’08 Impala LTZ had AFM. Never had any problems with it and it gave me a good balance of power vs. fuel economy.
mlmorgan109 Ar you sure your Silverado didn’t have some other issue? AFM, especially on the new EcoTec3 motors, is imperceptible.
I own a 5.3 Sierra and find the AFM seamless and allows me to attain better fuel economy than I had realized in previous incarnations with less hp and torque.
The Avenir is a homerun. That is a Buick.