The North America International Auto Show always brings us the latest and greatest new cars, trucks and SUVs that the auto industry has to offer. They also bring us cool concept cars that may or may not make into production in the near future. For the 2016 NAIAS, there were many concepts that stood out this year, but perhaps the one concept that stood out the most and has the biggest chance of making it into production sooner than later is the 2016 Buick Avista concept.
A Luxurious Interrior Cool Enough For Space Travel
The Avista is built on the Camaro Alpha chassis, which leaves room on the inside for four passengers to enjoy the comfort of Mist Gray leather seating inserts, 3-D printed door and seat trim and exposed carbon fiber and aluminum accents. The future of Buick's IntelliLink technology is also displayed throughout the dash and is controlled by touchscreen controls on a widescreen instrument panel display. The touchscreen technology is also displayed on the center console that stretches all the way to the back seat passengers.
From the driver seat, the driver can feel like he is captain of his own spaceship with the digital futuristic instrumental panel that smoothly integrates into the dash and flows seamlessly with the rest of the interior components. And, in your spaceship like Buick, it may also sound like you are somewhere out in space with the most up-date next-generation QuietTuning and air-quality control, including advanced noise cancellation technology, ionic air purifiers and aromatherapy.
“There is elegant simplicity in the Avista’s surfaces, which speak to the purity of the car’s performance, and a timeless beauty that’s a hallmark of Buick design,” Bryan Nesbitt, executive director Global Buick Design says. “It was designed to capture the spirit of the perfect drive for all passenger.”
Driving a Buick Full of Technology and Power
Buick really has not been known for power punching cars outside of the '86 and '87 V-6 turbocharged Grand Nationals. And before that you have to go back to the muscle car era, when Buick was producing 455-cu-in torque monsters to find fun fast worthy cars to drive. But Buick knows that Buick fans are ready for some more technology driven fast and fun cars.
If the Buick Avista makes it to the market the way it sits as a concept, it will receive a 3.0-liter V-6 400-hp twin-turbo engine that will be matted up to a 8-speed automatic transmission. 400 horses is good, especially when you are getting it out of a V-6 that will use Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) with Start-Stop technology to bring you some very good mpg averages. And along with all that awesome power comes an awesome ride, the wide stance and 20'' rims not only help the car look great, but also works perfectly with General Motors iconic Magnetic Ride Control for nice and tight cornering.
Smooth, But, Bold Exterior Excellence
The exterior profile of the Buick Avista's wide stance, gives the vehicle an aggressive sportier look. With the intent to attract younger customers, Buick put a lot of effort into making the Buick standout with bold and futuristic looking head and taillights, 20'' aluminum rims, a big mesh front grill with the Buick emblem front and center.
“The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”
A lot of times these cars never even make it into production, and if they do they are deturned, toned down versions from their concept start. But the market is hungry for a vehicle like this. It was not long ago the Chevy Volt sat in front of us as a concept vehicle and one mesiley year later it was rolling off the assembly line, in other words let's keep our fingers crossed, it could be here in no time.