Buick has unveiled its new Avista 2+2 coupe concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The front and rear of the is Buick's signature wing-shaped lighting with "soft curtain" elements creating lighted halos around edges of the lamp. This design provides a glimpse of future production lighting features.
Avista's grille also features Buick's winged tri-shield insignia as set against a 3D mesh background. Moreover, the concept has chrome-accented front fender vents as well as the brand's signature fender ports. With a wheelbase at 110.7-inch (2,811 mm) wheelbase and tracks measuring 63-inch (1,601 mm) at front and 62.9-inch (1,598 mm) on the rear, the Avista commands an imposing stance with athletic proportions.
Its looks are accented by a 21-inch aluminum wheels with color-toned accents that match the Avista's Dark Sapphire Jewel exterior finish. Avitsa features uninterrupted body lines flowing front to rear, similar to Buick's design language introduced on the Avenir concept and featured on the 2017 LaCrosse. The vehicle's flowing profile is further highlighted by the absence of conventional B-pillars between the doors and rear side windows.
Serving as the heart of the Buick Avista 2+2 concept is a 400-hp 3.0L twin-turbocharged V-6 that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Stimulatingly, Buick's use of turbocharged engines will go beyond the Avista to a number of future models like the 2016 Regal GS and the 2017 LaCrosse.
Avista's twin-turbocharged V-6 comes with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) as well as Stop/Start technology to further make the concept more fuel efficient. Magnetic Ride Control is also enabled on the Avista for a more precise body motion control.
Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing, described the Avista as an embodiment the dynamic soul of Buick, as it expresses the brand's heritage of sophisticated performance and beautiful elegance.
Bryan Nesbitt, executive director at Global Buick Design, remarked that the Avista's elegant yet simple surfaces speak to the purity of its performance. He added that the concept was designed to capture the "spirit of the perfect drive."