Buick Demonstrates More Than a Pulse with Gorgeous Avista Concept
By Christian Wardlaw, January 11, 2016
Depending on your age, remembrance of the Buick Riviera inspires a wistful sigh reminiscing about the beautiful 1963 or daring 1971 models, or an urge to regurgitate following recollection of the downsized 1986 and bloated 1994 variants. Wisely, given the range of potential reactions to the Riviera nameplate, Buick keeps it shelved, instead calling its gorgeous new 2+2 coupe concept the Avista.
Debuting in conjunction with the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, the Buick Avista Concept is the most exciting vehicle to wear the brand’s tri-shield badge in a very long time. In describing the Avista’s delicious styling, Buick uses words like “flowing” and phrases such as “elegant simplicity.” I’ll throw “stunning” into the mix, even though something about the 2+2, pillarless coupe’s rear end reminds me, ever so slightly, of the old Chrysler Crossfire.
Built on a platform that shares a wheelbase with the new Chevrolet Camaro, the Buick Avista Concept sits on polished 20-in. aluminum wheels and rides on a Magnetic Ride Control suspension. Front and rear wing-shaped lighting with “soft curtain” elements add distinction to the design, and the sheetmetal is coated in Dark Sapphire Jewel paint. Fender ports are an evolution of current Buick styling elements, and they, combined with the coupe’s tapered waist, pinched rear side windows, and swollen haunches, give this Buick a distinct whiff of Aston Martin.
Occupants enjoy thin-frame front seats beneath a glass roof. The center console flows down out of the dashboard, equipped with a panel of touch-sensing controls, an electronic shift mechanism, and storage areas. The console sweeps between the front seats and through the back of the cabin, dividing the intimate rear seats.
Will Buick build the Avista? Seemingly, it could, given the preponderance of production-grade componentry. Should Buick build the Avista? Absolutely.