NAIAS 2016: Buick Avista Concept - This Is It!

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson

Buick, eager to shed its geriatric image, has at least pulled out a few stops preceding the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

It’s no Grand National, but it is a sporty coupe. Avista is its name, and it packs a 400 horsepower wallop under its hood thanks to the same 3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that’s tipped for duty in the 2017 LaCrosse.

The Avista 2+2 coupe rides on the same Alpha platform as the Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac ATS and CTS. However, it receives a less potent powerplant than what’s available in those other rear-wheel drive cars — not that 400 horsepower should be sneered at.

And while we may disagree with the basket in which Buick is putting its eggs (a premium hatchback or cross-country wagon would be nice, guys), there’s a $20,000 difference between the Camaro SS and Cadillac ATS-V. That would be a prime place to put a luxury coupe that has the power to get out of its own way and the plush ride characteristics lacking in both the Camaro and ATS.

No production model is planned of the Avista, but those boys and girls at GM will surely be keeping their ears to the walls to hear what we all say about it. Whether they listen or not is another thing entirely.

We’ll have more details on the concept tomorrow.








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  • SilverCoupe SilverCoupe on Jan 11, 2016

    Wow, that is just gorgeous! This car would get me out of my Audi A5 and into my first Buick since my '64 Riviera.

  • Jdmcomp Jdmcomp on Jan 11, 2016

    The real question to me is: "Will this be available as (a better looking) Vauxhal/Opel?"

  • Grg I am not sure that this would hold up in snow country. It used to be that people in snow country would not be caught dead in a white car. Now that white cars have become popular in the north, I can't tell you how many times I have seen white cars driving in the snow without lights. Almost all cars are less visible in a snow storm, or for that matter, rain storm, without lights. White ones become nearly invisible.
  • Douglas I have a 2018 BMW 740e PHEV, and love it. It has a modest electric only range compared to newer PHEV's (about 18 miles), but that gets me to the office and back each day. It has a small gas tank to make room for the battery, so only holds about 11 gallons. I easily go 600 or more miles per tank. I love it, and being able to take long road trips without having to plug in (it just operates like a regular Hybrid if you never plug it in). It charges in 75 minutes in my garage from a Level 2 charger I bought on Amazon for $350. Had an electrician add a dryer outlet beside the breaker box. It's the best of both worlds and I would definitely want a PHEV for my next car. 104,000 miles and ZERO problems with the powertrain components (so far).
  • Panther Platform I had a 98 Lincoln Mark VIII so I have a soft spot for this. The Mark VIII styling was not appreciated by all.
  • Grant P Farrell Oh no the dealership kept the car for hours on two occasions before giving me a loaner for two months while they supposedly replaced the ECU. I hate cords so I've only connected it wirelessly. Next I'm gonna try using the usb-c in the center console and leaving the phone plugged in in there, not as convenient but it might lower my blood pressure.
  • Jeff Tiny electrical parts are ruining today's cars! What can they ...
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