Maybach resting: GM introduced the Buick luxury

Maybach resting: GM introduced the Buick luxury


The American brand announced the start of sales of the facelifted MPV in top-performance Avenir. This van is now available with three variants of the layout of the cabin.

The monocab’s with index in the range of GL8 Buick appeared in 1999, a model designed specifically for China, there and adjusted production (for the production responsible of GM and SAIC). The actual minivan, the third generation entered the local market in 2016, with a “third” MPV debuted the Avenir sub-brand: a label are the most expensive version of Buicks (in addition to GL8, a luxury modification has the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan and liftback Regal). It’s time for a facelift GL8 and Buick decided to run a sale that is a top modification of “standard” fresh van will reach dealers later.

So, GL8 Avenir got a new matrix adaptive headlights (with eight “crystals”), other grille and bumpers.

The rear lights still form, but they have different toppings. The length of the model is increased by 16 mm to 5219 mm in height, on the contrary, reduced to 6 mm to 1799 mm. the Width and wheelbase of the previous – 1878 and 3088 mm, respectively.

Inside replaced the front panel, the control unit climate control unit and the selector to “automatic”. “Tidy” is now virtual, it is combined with a large touchscreen multimedia system. And most importantly – if the pre-reform GL8 Buick Avenir was solely seven-seater (the seats are built under the scheme 2+2+3), then the restyled minivan available in six – or four-seater cabin. By the way, in concept GL8 with the salon for four lit even last spring at the motor show in Shanghai.


At quadruple the van between the rear seats are located “table”, it has two compartments from the end and one on top (in the upper box hidden Cup holders and wireless charging). Each of the second-row passengers also put their own touch panel – it displays a control for ventilation, heating, massager, and electrically. This MPV seats upholstered in Nappa leather, rear with footrests. At six-GL8 Avenir second-row seat also electrically adjustable, massage function and stand, all seats have heating and ventilation, and the backs of the front built on top of tables. In the list of equipment of the van include heated seats, head-up display, camera circular review (plus wide-angle front camera), digital salon mirror (works as screen), adaptive cruise control.

The redesigned GL8 petrol “turboservice” 2.0 with a capacity of 237 HP, while the pre-reform MPV similar turbo engine produces 260 HP (torque is unchanged – 350 Nm). But passport now fuel consumption is 7.9 l/100 km compared with the 8.5 – 8.6 liters its predecessor. To replace the six-speed “automatic” DSS came nine-storyed automatic transmission Hydra-Matic. But all-wheel drive for GL8 still not provided – only the front.

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The updated seven-seater van in the performance of the Avenir is 459 900 yuan (about 65 $ 300 at the current exchange rate), the six-seater version will cost 465 900 yuan ($66 100) and the price quadruple GL8 – 529 900 yuan ($75 200). Note, minivan Lexus LM with the salon for four to China, worth 1 466 000 yuan ($208 100, the high price is explained not only by the prestige of the Lexus, but no local Assembly MPV shipped from Japan).

Meanwhile, the minivan Buick GL8 previous, second, generation still in formation. Moreover, this model has undergone restyling, it also will present before the end of the year, but the version Avenir this van is not allowed.

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