2016 Buick Avista Concept

Buick couldn’t wait till the start of the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to unveil this, the Avista concept. According to Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing, “the Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick. It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”

That beautiful elegance is illustrated by the coupe’s design that sports a sleek profile and uninterrupted body lines that appears to “omit” the conventional B-pillars. The 2+2 seater concept also features wing-shaped lighting front and rear, with illuminated “halos” around the edges that lend a suggesting a three-dimensional shape to its lighting elements.

Other exterior highlights include 21-inch aluminium wheels and front fender vents with chrome accents. Buick say that the Avista has a wheelbase measuring 2,811 mm, which is exactly the same as that on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. The Camaro rides on General Motors’ Alpha rear-wheel drive platform, and thus, hints at the possibility of Buick producing the Avista in the future.

On the inside, it’s all high tech with 3D printed doors and seat trim, Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system with touchscreen controls on a widescreen instrument panel display. Another touchscreen can be found on the centre console, which extends to the rear seating. There is also a heads-up display (HUD) for the benefit of the driver.

As for the performance side of things, the Avista carries a 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine that provides 400 hp. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels. Buick’s Magnetic Ride Control is also present here to ensure precise body motion control.