The Buick Avista Concept is Half Camaro, Half ATS and Completely Stunning


The stunning Buick Avista concept made a surprising debut on the eve of the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

According to Buick, the Avista concept is “a 2+2 coupe that pushes the brand’s contemporary design ethos and rekindles its historic performance roots.”

With a sleek, sweeping proportion for the contemporary grand tourer, one could argue that it’s a modern-day Grand National, especially since it’s powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 400 horsepower. Its attractive style resembles the Avenir concept that introduced the American automaker’s new design language, which has been carried into production on the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. Helping give the concept a flowing profile, Buick removed the conventional B-pillars between the doors and rear side windows.

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The wheelbase of the concept measures 110.7 inches with 63-inch front tracks and 62.9-inch rear tracks, giving it sporty proportions and an aggressive stance. It rolls on 21-inch aluminum wheels that have been finished with color-matched accents with the car’s Dark Sapphire Jewel exterior. Further evolving Buick’s signature fender ports are front fender vents featuring chrome accents.

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The exterior’s attractive styling continues into the cabin with flowing, uninterrupted lines that convey “elegance through simplicity,” as Buick would say. The center console incorporates touchscreen controls that extends to the rear seating area, while open side storage compartments are built into the front of the console, enabled by the new Electronic Precision Shift, just like the 2017 LaCrosse.

Mist Gray leather seating inserts, console trim and door trim are contrasted by a Superior Blue foundation that echoes the exterior finish. Highlights include exposed carbon fiber and aluminum accents throughout while the fading pattern on the seats, console and doors were inspired by waves receding at a beach’s edge.

“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.”

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  • Rochester

    There’s a rear quarter design perspective between the fender and the window that is very clearly inspired by the Jaguar F-Type Coupe.

  • Yoo Jastle

    If it is still FWD it will be a loser

  • Eddie

    I agree

  • Lennie Pike

    It’s a Camaro / ATS based car. Hardly FWD. AWD maybe but first it has to go to production.

  • Frank Yoster

    I gotta saybthat is one of the beautiful buicks i have ever seen!

  • lonniex

    the outside looks great, the inside looks like someone was watching a 50’s sci-fi movie.

  • Jaybird248

    Great looking car. This removal of the B pillar is nothing new. “Hardtop convertibles” have been around since the late 1940s, though roof rollover strength, rattles, and weather seal problems dogged them. Hopefully Buick solved them and can put this looker into production.

  • Colin Spencer

    It is difficult to achieve the look of the current F type Jaguar, but this one appears to have nailed it. Even improved on it. Amazing bit of design.

  • Keep in mind the Avenir was RWD (Omega) but went to production as the 2nd Gen Lacrosse (FWD). There is a strong possibility that Avista, and Opel GT, would go to production as D2XX FWD/AWD cars, following the same path.

    I hope I’m wrong, but that’s the very-recent history.

  • Mark S

    Beautiful looking coupe, hopefully 80% or greater of what we are seeing would make it to production.

  • xmod3563

    Wonder if this thing will be made in China. Buick is starting to import cars made-in-China to the US.

    Btw, Buick sells 4x the number of cars in China than in the US. Don’t know why the Chinese love Buicks so much though.

  • John Zofko III

    I really really like this car. Not as much the interior, but very much the exterior… I just hope the 2017 Grand National looks something like this and they do not stray too far. The shape and look of this car is stunning… I just fear that someone at GM will do something stupid, like only have it available with a 4 cyl, or something. I also wish they would drop the Turbo for a V8 from the Camaro for the top engine… Or have a supercharged V8 for the Buick to make it top billing. GM has their head up their butt when they say that people that buy buicks do not want that extra power… Personally, for me, I would buy this over a Camaro ONLY if it outperformed the Camaro as it should… Position this as a competent Ferrari 2+2 fighter.

  • Warren Fabel

    Sure looks a lot like my Mercedes Benz S550 coupe, inside and out.

  • Pat J Shields

    2 + 2 but it looks to me like the front seats are right up against the rear seat cushion – not built for comfortable 4 paxs.

  • Mark S

    Par for the course in the coupe world. Challenger, 3 door Golf and a few others have okay rear leg room, but Mustang, Camaro, BRZ etc., the rear seats are good for pets and groceries.

  • johnls39 .

    This is a very beautiful and gorgeous Buick concept. I’m not going to hold my breath and bet that this car is going to be built because the Elmiraj, Cien, Avenir, and Ciel are all great looking concepts that GM refuses to put into production.

  • ChrisH

    I think the Avista is stunning in its lines, sculpture, and that incredible interior. Give it a 7spd manual and a drop top with the TTV6 and AWD (with selectable suspension tuning), and I might even consider trading in my 2015 C7 Stingray Convertible…

  • Larry

    Ferrari fighter …………I don’t think so………………………..

  • Rickers

    Tesla Model S Coupe.

  • Rickers

    No one thinks so.

  • Hannibal Dobbs

    I’ll take a Pontiac Aztek any day.

  • Lar Dog

    What? You are high or are Walter White

  • Lar Dog

    Car looks great. I want one

  • Hannibal Dobbs

    Why not just take out the plans for the Saturn Sky or the Pontiac Fiero.
    Why reinvent the wheel? Another exercise in low volume car that will not sell. A complete waste of design and engineering resources.

  • W Van Landingham III

    Build it or don’t waste our time.

  • Andy Whitten

    Unbelievable; Ford was so successful with their gutless FWD T-bird that Buick decided to follow the same template minus the appealing retro styling of the period and build the Cascada; I’ll go on record saying this car will be a flop. Like the Solstice, less so the Fiero, or Buick’s own Reatta. Let’s hope they don’t use that inevitable flop as a reason not to do this beautiful car with quality underpinnings. I’d be perfectly happy if the Avista had the best of the powerful LS series V8’s instead of a V6 and believe a lot of other people would be too. That car would SELL.