The Buick GL8 Century is a brand new luxurious MPV for China with a progressive and streamlined design. It’s the fourth era Buick GL8 since manufacturing began in 1999 on the SAIC-GM three way partnership. Apparently, the second and third era Buick GL8 are nonetheless in manufacturing, and can proceed alongside the brand new GL8 Century.
That is the Buick GL8, aka Buick GL8 Land Enterprise, the second era automotive. Manufacturing began in 2010 with facelifts in 2016, 2020, and lately in 2022. Value begins at 232.900 yuan (32.110 USD).
And that is the Buick GL8 ES, the third-generation automotive. Manufacturing of the ES mannequin began in 2017 with facelifts in 2020 and lately in 2022. Value begins at 317.900 yuan (43.850 USD).
The GL8 ES and GL8 use precisely the identical engine these days; a 2.0 turbo + 48V unit four-cylinder gasoline unit with 237 hp and 350 Nm, mated to a 9-speed automated gearbox. Up to now, the GL8 ES and GL8 could possibly be had with different engines too, together with a 2.5 4 and a 3.0 V6.
The GL8 ES and GL8 are 7-seat vehicles. The GL8 Century comes with 4, six, or seven seats. All three generations GL8 are primarily based on the identical platform.Therefore the title of this text: The GL8 Century is new, however not completely so. Let’s do a dimension comparability:
GL8: 5283/1878/1800, 3088.
GL8 ES: 5219/1878/1805/3088.
GL Century: 5230/1980/1867/3120.
Considerably confusingly, the highest trim degree of each the GL8 ES and the brand new GL8 Century is known as ‘Avenir’. So we obtained a GL8 ES Avenir and the …
…. GL8 Century Avenir. That is the top-trim degree with fairly wheels and two-tone paint. We haven’t seen any images but of the opposite trim ranges. The GL8 Century is powered by… you guessed it, the very same 2.0 turbo + 48V motor as the opposite GL8’s. So for the engine alone the decide doesn’t matter.
However issues matter rather more inside. That is the inside of the four-seat GL8 Century Avenir. Middle piece is a gigantic 32-inch display screen. It has 5G web connection so the passengers can use any app they need. It has Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife for added connectivity. The passengers can watch from 18-way adjustable heated Nappa-leather captain seats. The infotainment and the seats are managed through a 8-inch contact display screen. The automotive is moreover outfitted with a ‘Bose Govt Version’ sound system with 21 audio system, together with audio system within the headrests of the seats.
The starry sky ceiling is customary on the Avenir. It there may be nothing on TV, you’ll be able to try the brand new Buick brand on the display screen.
The Bose headrest audio system.
The women can retailer their leather-based luggage in a drawer beneath the display screen.
That is the six-seat model. Nonetheless loaded with luxuries. The seats in he second row have a 6-inch contact display screen within the arm rests for leisure and seat-adjustment.
Buick hasn’t launched official pictures of the dashboard of the GL8 Century but. In China, automakers usually launch pics of the sprint individually, in a bid to get one other spherical of media consideration. That normally works. Fortunately, on the inside picture we will at the very least see half of the dashboard. It reveals a brand new twin-screen and a brand new steering wheel. The wi-fi charging pad within the arm relaxation is new too. All very fashionable for a Buick.
Even within the six-seat model the legs have lot of house. The 2-tone trim and panoramic roof make for an ethereal cabin.
The Buick GL8 Century is a reasonably not-totally new variant of the long-running GL8 sequence. It has all the posh one wants however the energy prepare is decidedly old-school in comparison with the various totally electrical or plug-in hybrid MPVs that Chinese language manufacturers are bringing to the market proper now. So regardless of the lengthy and storied historical past; the Buick GL8/GL8 ES/GL8 Century goes to have a tough time competing on the Chinese language automotive market in 2022 and past.
The final era..?