Feast your eyes the Buick Avista Concept. Having just made its somewhat-expected debut at a special event this evening just ahead of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the concept pushes Buick’s design language and “rekindles its historic performance roots”.
The brand may have said a reborn GNX is not in its future, but this is a GNX by a whole other name. As some of our staff has stated, it’s a GNX, except, it wasn’t designed with merely a hammer.
Buick, instead, calls the Avista a “contemporary grand tourer” with a 400 hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. Yes, it runs and drives. We heard it. Buick says the twin-turbo V6 is backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission and Magnetic Ride Control. Active Fuel Management and Stop/Start technology keep things frugal, however.
Those ponies find their way to the rear wheels, too, in proper sports car fashion.
Buick is happy to draw resemblances to the Avenir concept with the Avista, and is quick to point out “uninterrupted body lines” that suggest motion. Also, note the absence of B-pillars, a lovely way to enhance the flowing profile, especially with the doors open.
Buick also highlights the front and rear lighting elements, which feature “soft curtain” elements to create halos around the edges. Buick says the design foreshadows the evolution of the brand’s lighting features.
The interior incorporates minimalist design, with very performance-oriented cues. But, the lines inside feature intense technical and surface details. In fact, the door and seat trim were actually created with 3D-printing technology.
The most conceptual part of this vehicle sits in the center console controls, which are all controlled via touch feedback on a widescreen instrumental panel. What Buick calls a “Superior Blue” color accents Mist Gray leather interior, inserts and console trim.
So, here’s your surprise, Buick fans. An exotic sports coupe only the Buick of today could bring forward. This is what momentum looks like. This is the Buick Avista.