Two months after introducing the updated top-of-the-range 2022 Buick GL8 Avenir in China, General Motors just launched the 2022 Buick GL8 Classic with some notable upgrades to keep the nameplate competitive in the Asian country. Just as it did with the flagship version of the MPV, the automaker outfitted the Buick GL8 Classic with a 48V mild hybrid powertrain as the main novelty of the 2022 model year.
The 2022 Buick GL8 Classic maintains exactly the same exterior and interior appearance introduced during the MPV’s last update in April 2020. As such, new enhancements to the second-generation GL8 encompass a new paint color called Golden Damo, Buick’s latest infotainment system with connectivity features and the aforementioned 48V mild hybrid powertrain.
In keeping with the latest SAIC-GM joint venture launches, the 2022 Buick GL8 Classic receives an electrified powertrain as standard, which consists of the turbocharged 2.0L LSY I-4 engine in conjunction with an electric motor and 48V battery. Interestingly, output remains the same at 233 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, homologated in the previous model year, while GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission is unchanged as well.
In addition, the mild hybrid 2022 Buick GL8 Classic is equipped with an auxiliary power module and a hybrid control unit that allows functions such as braking energy regeneration, electric idling, and smart charging. GM claims that with the help of 48V mild hybrid technology, the MPV now has a better ride quality, with a smoother and quieter acceleration.
The only change inside the 2022 Buick GL8 Classic is the adoption of the brand’s latest infotainment system with an increased number of connectivity features. Upgrades include a faster processor to manage the 12-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple Car Play and Android integration, smart voice assistant, and the AutoNavi real-time navigation system.
The mild hybrid 2022 Buick GL8 Classic is now available for sale across the entire Buick dealer network in China, the only country where the Tri-Shield brand’s MPV is marketed. The starting price is 232,900 CNY, about $36,150 USD at the current exchange rate. With this launch, the update of the three models that make up the 2022 GL8 range has been completed, which includes the top-of-the-range Avenir variant, the third-generation standard ES and the highly popular Classic.