New Buick Avista Concept at NAIAS
When people hear Buick, they may think of smooth and soft sedans or its relatively new lineup of equally pleasant crossover SUVs. However, the automaker has a fairly rich history of building some incredible high-performance cars. The Buick GNX generally jumps to the top of these discussions. Buick has teased a new concept coupe that will certain offer a new element to the high-performance conversation, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Buick Avista concept shows a wide stance and sweeping lines that are meant to redefine boundaries of the public’s perception of Buick vehicles.
“The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing said in a Buick press release. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”
One of the most notable features of the Avista concept is actually what isn’t there. Most sedans, including many Buick models, feature a break between the door and side windows, called a B-pillar. By removing this pillar, an observer’s eye can move freely from the nose to the tail without interruption. Buick first introduced this kind of free flowing design aesthetic with the Avenir concept from last year.
The interior of the Avista concept also offers lines that draw the eye around the cockpit. Technological features and accent elements blend together seamlessly, raising the level of luxury and overall style associated with the Buick concept coupe. Even though the Avista is still in the concept stages, the automaker’s engineering team did not cut corners anywhere. A nearly silent interior that blocks exterior road noise has been included with the Avista using next-generation QuietTuning technology, air quality controls and aromatherapy.
Providing power for the Avista concept is the same twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that will be appearing in the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. Even with performance estimates knocking on the 400-horsepower mark or higher, the engine of the Avista offers Active Fuel Management and start/stop technology to allow for as much fuel efficiency as possible.
It isn’t clear right now if the Buick Avista concept will make it into production at this time. However, if you would like to see what is currently available at Don Wheaton, contact one of our sales professionals today.