Among the star cast at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January the Buick Avista had a front row seat and thus the brand has been assaulted with queries about a production version.
The morphing into production was a farfetched idea, with the company saying the Avista would remain a study, but the latest report is giving us a ray of light: apparently the designers have outdone themselves and came up with a four-door coupe iteration based of the critically acclaimed prototype. At this stage in the development there is little information to go about, but allegedly the model will of course feature a different – longer – wheelbase and two more doors. These changes are also reportedly improving a lot the chances the top brass would feel more positive about a production version. Apparently even GM chief executive officer Mary Barra is among the concept’s fans – a production version could easily employ the rear-wheel drive Alpha platform that is used by the Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac ATS and CTS.
Speculation goes even farther, with the model taking the mantle of the Opel brand in Europe, Vauxhall in the United Kingdom and Holden in Australia. Even powertrain options have been advanced: turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 275 horsepower and biturbo 3.0-liter V6 packing 400 hp. A more classic, V8 option is being ruled out from the get go but a hardcore version could come to the market sporting a biturbo 3.6-liter V6 engine churning out up to 464 hp.
Via Motor Trend