Almost a year after being presented in concept form, and having been fully leaked months later, the refreshed 2020 Buick GL8 Avenir finally makes its official debut in China. General Motors has just released more information and an official set of images for Buick’s revamped full-size MPV, which now features an unprecedented new four-seat version.
The company also announced that it began accepting orders for the updated Buick GL8 Avenir. Interested customers can now pre-order the GL8 through Buick’s Tmall online store and the newly launched, official eBuick digital store. Dealership sales are expected to start in the second quarter of the year.
“The GL8 has been meeting customer expectations since the nameplate’s launch in 1999, with over 1 million units sold through five generations,” said Executive Director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, Molly Peck, in a press release. “The all-new GL8 Avenir family carries on the tradition, setting a new benchmark for China’s luxury MPV segment,” she added.
The updated 2020 GL8 Avenir’s design remains fairly true to the Buick GL8 Avenir Concept’s, with front and rear fascia styling revisions. The new winged grille stands out with a more elegant finish, while completely redesigned headlights include Matrix LED lighting technology. The hatch and taillights have also been updated.
Meanwhile, the interior of the 2020 Buick GL8 Avenir was completely redesigned with a greater focus on comfort and technology. The main change to the dashboard is the adoption of a huge, dual 12.3-inch screen setup, one for the driver instrument panel and one for the infotainment system. In addition, the MPV now offers a wide range of advanced driver assistance technologies, with up to 20 available features.
Another major novelty in the 2020 GL8 Avenir is the addition of two new seating configurations. The traditional seven-seater variant is joined by one with six captain’s chairs, and a flagship four-seat version that redefines the concept of luxury MPVs. This configuration offers unprecedented spaciousness and comfort in the segment, with first-class rear seats and special convenience features.
On the mechanical side of things, the new 2020 Buick GL8 Avenir incorporates a new powertrain combination. This full-size MPV now features the turbocharged 2.0-liter LSY engine that produces 227 horsepower, mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.