General Motors has just unveiled the all-new Buick GL8 Flagship Concept at the 2021 Guangzhou International Motor Show in China, alongside the innovative fully autonomous Buick Smart Pod Concept. After previewing the vehicle as an even more luxurious future version of the model, the automaker debuts the GL8 Flagship Concept as a preview of Buick‘s next-generation full-size MPV.
The new Buick GL8 Flagship Concept made its world debut as a preview of the next evolution of the model that’s currently the benchmark for premium MPVs in China, the only country where the American brand sells the nameplate. As such, the concept vehicle features the format and lines of the upcoming fourth-generation Buick GL8 that will elevate the luxury experience of the brand’s flagship in the Asian country.
“The Buick concepts are pioneering, digitalized and more luxurious than ever,” said General Director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, Cesar Toledo, in a statement. “They articulate Buick’s ongoing transformation and fulfill our commitment to create intelligent mobility spaces that are sustainable, exclusive and fully connected to elevate every aspect of the customer experience,” he added.
Created by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai, the all-new Buick GL8 Flagship Concept introduces the next evolution of the “sculptural beauty” design language and represents a vision of the brand’s first all-electric MPV. Although the manufacturer only limited itself to saying that the concept “integrates global resources,” the GL8 Flagship Concept is the first Buick vehicle developed on the Ultium EV platform.
The body of the Buick GL8 Flagship Concept features organic design lines that evolve the proportions of an MPV, adopting a lower front end and a less raked windshield. Its futuristic styling is highlighted by the massive glazed area from the front Buick logo to the rear spoiler, a rising “wave” waistline that wraps around it, and next-generation Matrix LED headlights that give it a commanding appearance.
Inside, the all-new Buick GL8 Flagship Concept features a modular, first-class four-seat layout that – along with the absence of B-pillars – allows the cabin to serve as a luxurious open space for all occupants. Most striking is the driver-centered 30-inch screen, the steering wheel-mounted touchscreen and the floor rail system that allows both the seats and the floating control module to be moved.
The all-new Buick GL8 Flagship Concept is the first preview of the next-generation full-size MPV, which could arrive in calendar year 2023 to elevate the brand’s luxury experience by introducing an even more equipped version of the range-topping Avenir trim level. It will be the first Buick vehicle to offer the most advanced version of V2X intelligent mobility technology and the Super Cruise autonomous driving system.