2016 Detroit Auto Show: Buick Avista concept [gallery] image

The US automaker has officially presented its new Avista prototype just prior to its worldwide public debut during this year’s edition of the North American International Auto Show.

The Avista has been presented by the company as a “contemporary grand tourer,” and could serve as the basis for the upcoming design cues employed on the future models – in its concept form the Avista is a rakish coupe sporting a carbon fiber front spoiler, sweptback headlights and a massive radiator grille with mesh inserts. Moving along we also noted the muscular hood, the front fender ventilation inserts or the 20-inch aluminum wheels. We also paid attention to the sculpted fenders, the dual exhaust system, and the short rear overhang with slim trunk and integrated rear spoiler.

The premium styling is also found inside the cabin where the drivers will be surrounded by Superior Blue and Mist Gray leather upholstery, carbon fiber inserts as well as aluminum trim. Becoming rather traditional now, the instrument cluster goes digital while the usual IntelliLink infotainment system handles entertainment duties – but we also found the interesting touchscreen controls on the full span of the center console. The potential owners might also be delighted by the panoramic glass roof and the existence of just two individual seats in the rear.

Motivation comes in the form of a biturbo 3.0-liter V6 mill churning out 400 horsepower – little else in terms of technical details have been provided save for the existence of a start/stop system and cylinder deactivation technology, while the engine delivers power to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.