General Motors’ Buick brand today launched the GL6 multi-purpose vehicle in China – a stylish new compact minivan with seating for six that slots in below Buick GL8. Power comes from GM’s new dual-injected, 1.3T Ecotec inline-four, capable of producing up to 120 kW and 230 Nm (roughly 160 hp and 170 lb-ft).
Combining the “aesthetics of a sedan with the flexibility and functionality of an SUV, and the comfort of an MPV,” according to a release, China’s new Buick GL6 MPV promises to meet the needs of today’s families with its 2+2+2 seating configuration, flexible cabin, and advanced technologies. That flexibility is delivered in part by a 279.6-mm (110-inch) wheelbase, securing impressive second-row headroom and legroom with the same independent seats as its larger GL8-badged sibling. Those seats can slide forward or rearward up to 21 cm (8.25 inches), and the inclination of the backrests can be adjusted by up to 30 degrees.
Further flexibility in the new Buick GL6, which is based on the GM-PATAC K platform, is delivered by the fold-flat second- and third-row seating, affording users accommodation for up to six occupants when they need it, and loads of extra storage when they don’t. Third-row seats are integrated into a bench with a tall and thick backrest, again ensuring good comfort.
A large panoramic sunroof, infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife support, and AutoNavi satellite navigation with real-time road condition updates constitute the Buick GL6’s list of major high-tech and premium features. It boasts the latest in cloud-based natural voice recognition system to accept spoken commands and queries.
The all-new Buick GL6 comes in three variants, with pricing between RMB 144,900 and RMB 166,900 – about $22k and $25k American.