After introducing Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology into the full-size MPV in mid-December, General Motors just launched the 2022 Buick GL8 Avenir in China, the only country in the world where the nameplate is marketed. The third model year of the refreshed GL8 Avenir receives major updates that reinforce its leadership in the Chinese market.
The biggest novelty of the 2022 Buick GL8 Avenir is the incorporation of a next-generation mild hybrid powertrain as standard throughout the model line, increasing output in addition to improving fuel economy by 6 percent compared to the previous engine. It also includes enhancements to its list of premium features, further positioning the luxury MPV as the most advanced model in its class in the Asian country.
“The GL8 Avenir family has been defining the premium MPV segment with strong demand since it was launched,” said Executive Director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, Molly Peck, in a statement. “The 48V mild hybrid technology is solid proof of Buick’s commitment to electrifying its portfolio for lower emissions. With enhanced styling and technology, the 2022 GL8 Avenir not only provides better fuel efficiency but also a more luxurious and intelligent in-vehicle experience, giving it additional strength for continued momentum,” she added.
Specifically, the mild hybrid powertrain of the 2022 Buick GL8 Avenir consists of an electric motor and a 48-volt electrical system, working in conjunction with the existing turbocharged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder engine and GM nine-speed automatic transmission. However, SAIC-GM hasn’t yet released updated power and torque figures.
In addition, the updated 2022 Buick GL8 Avenir boasts improved comfort and convenience features, such as wider armrests and headrests with refined materials, USB charging ports and extra storage compartments, soundproof glass and third-row reading lights. It also includes Buick’s latest eConnect infotainment system with an all-new user interface.
The 2022 Buick GL8 Avenir just went on sale and is available throughout the Buick dealer network in China, the main volume market for the Tri-Shield brand. The model lineup continues with three distinct versions, including the seven-seat base, six-seat mid-range and four-seat flagship variants. Prices for the new model year increased by 40,000 CNY are as follows:
- GL8 Avenir (seven seats): 463,900 CNY (about $71,730 USD at the current exchange rate)
- GL8 Avenir (six seats): 469,900 CNY ($72,660 USD)
- GL8 Avenir (four-seat flagship): 533,900 CNY ($82,560 USD)