The luxurious Buick GL8 Avenir Concept is entering production.
It's been nearly a year since Buick unveiled the luxury GL8 Avenir Concept at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show, but now the posh minivan concept is entering production. Unveiled as part of the revised GL8 Avenir, the new four-seater represents Buick's flagship minivan in China, offering unprecedented levels of luxury compared to US minivans like the Chrysler Pacifica. Looking at the accompanying shot, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were looking at a promotional photo for a new luxury Mercedes-Maybach.
The production Buick GL8 Avenir four-seater appears to be unchanged from the concept. Rear passengers sit in plush leather quilted seats split between a large center divider with cupholders, tray tables, and additional storage. Buick claims the cabin layout "provides unprecedented roominess and comfort in its segment."
Joining the flagship four-seater is a new six-seat GL8 Avenir and an upgraded seven-seat variant. "The newest members of the Avenir family push the boundary of the brand's attainable luxury," said Molly Peck, executive director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM. "They demonstrate our focus on offering tailored solutions for our local customers and will further solidify Buick's leading position in the luxury MPV segment in China."
Buick also promises the new GL8 Avenir luxury minivans offer "significant technology technology upgrades" but didn't provide any further details. However, at the front are two large displays for the digital gauge cluster and infotainment system.
Buick has been selling the GL8 in China since 2000, while the current-generation GL8 Avenir has been in production since 2016. Power is provided by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 260 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
With this setup, the GL8 will accelerate 0-62 mph in around 9.3 seconds and top out at 127 mph. While the luxurious minivan is unlikely to be seen cruising America's roads, the Buick GL8 Avenir will compete against the Mercedes V-Class and Lexus LM in China.