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Buick Avista concept revealed in Detroit

The Buick Avista Concept car was unveiled on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit

  • 2016 Buick Avista Concept

DETROIT: On the eve of today’s (Jan 11) first media day at the North American International Auto Show, Buick unveiled the Avista concept car.

The 2+2 coupe is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 with 400 hp with an eight-speed transmission driving the rear wheels.

The concept’s flowing lines carry the same design language introduced on the Avenir concept and put into production on the 2017 LaCrosse.

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The absence of conventional B-pillars between the doors and rear side windows enhances the flowing profile.

Marking the front and rear, Buick evolves its signature wing-shaped lighting with “soft curtain” elements that create illuminated “halos” around lamps’ edges, suggesting a three-dimensional shape and sculpture. Their design forecasts the evolution of Buick’s production lighting features, while the Avista’s grille features the brand’s new winged tri-shield insignia set against a three-dimensional mesh background.

Like the exterior, the Avista’s 2+2 interior is defined by flowing, uninterrupted lines conveying elegance through simplicity – with intense technical and surfaces details, in everything from 3D-printed door and seat trim to a future vision of Buick’s IntelliLink, with touchscreen controls on a widescreen instrument panel display.

The center console also incorporates touchscreen controls and extends to the rear seating area.

Open side storage compartments built into the front of the console are enabled by the new Electronic Precision Shift, similar to the 2017 LaCrosse.

Buick designers enhanced the passengers’ sensory experiences with next-generation QuietTuning and air-quality control, including advanced noise cancellation technology, ionic air purifiers and aromatherapy.

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