Almost a year after the official debut of the updated MPV in April 2020, General Motors has just relaunched the 2021 Buick GL8 Classic with several equipment upgrades in China, which is the only country where this vehicle is marketed. After expanding the older, second-generation GL8 range at the end of last year, the automaker is introducing this new update to strengthen the MPV’s broad sales leadership in the country.
The equipment upgrades to the revamped 2021 Buick GL8 Classic focus primarily on its interior design, where the Tri Shield brand’s popular people mover adds a new high-end trim with substantial upgrades to the seat upholstery and a more refined color scheme. With this, Buick seeks to satisfy the needs of the segment’s most demanding buyers in the Chinese market.
Specifically, the two range-topping versions of the 2021 Buick GL8 Classic called Welfare Luxury and Welfare Premium now include updated seats that raise the bar for luxury and comfort. Both the first- and second-row seats of the 2021 GL8 Classic adopt new padding with diamond stitch technology and a high-end trim design, improving ergonomics and overall texture.
In addition, the vehicle introduces a new and more luxurious color scheme for the interior, with a cognac brown shade for the seats, door trims and lower parts of the dash, combined with black footrests. This new colors complement the light beige finish on each of the aforementioned components with which the updated MPV was introduced.
All other areas of the 2021 Buick GL8 Classic remain unchanged, including the newly updated exterior appearance, trim levels and starting prices. The second-generation GL8, which received its third refresh in 10 years, is equipped with the turbocharged 2.0L LSY I-4 engine with 233 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, in conjunction with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
The updated 2021 Buick GL8 Classic is now on sale at Buick’s official dealer network in China, the main volume market for the American brand worldwide. The upgrades have further enhanced the entry-level standard for luxury and comfort of the Buick GL8 family, further strengthening the nameplate’s competitive advantage as China’s best-selling and most successful MPV.