With the departure of the Buick Regal this year, the age-old American brand’s portfolio now consists of crossovers only. It’s set to stay that way for the foreseeable future, too, as the brand is busy developing its new battery-electric crossover models and has no plans to introduce new sedans or coupes in the U.S. Despite this, the GM Design team still decided that fans would be interested in seeing their sketch of a sleek Buick sports car.
Details on this unnamed Buick sports car sketch are slim. GM Design says it was originally penned by Geoffrey Richmond, who has served as the Senior Exterior Designer at Buick Advanced Design since February 2017. The coupe has a svelte shape with smoothed-over body lines, giving it a streamlined appearance that would be fitting for a battery-electric vehicle, in our opinion. The tiny front “grille” opening and futuristic-looking LED headlights would also be appropriate touches for an EV, but it’s hard to say if Richmond actually envisioned this design exercise as being electric.
Keen Buick fans may look at this sketch and be reminded of the Buick Avista concept that debuted at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Avista was a 2+2 coupe with a fastback shape that was powered by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing roughly 400 horsepower. The Avista received industry-wide praise for its handsome styling, rear-wheel-drive layout and powerful engine, which almost convinced GM to give it the green light. The handsome coupe was only ever intended to be a design exercise, though, so a production version never came to fruition.
We’re eager to see how Richmond and his team integrate modern-day Buick styling cues into its future battery-electric crossover models. If this Buick sports car sketch is anything to go by, these future electric crossovers may have more exciting exterior styling than previously thought.
Two Buick electric crossovers models are set to launch between now and 2025. One of these vehicles is described as “more conventional crossover proportions that maximizes interior space and cargo,” while the second “will feature more expressive proportions with a greater emphasis on form and athletic fashion.” These crossovers will tap GM’s Ultium modular battery system and Ultium drive family of electric motors.
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