The US automaker has long heralded China as its main market and that fact is only obvious when introductions of an American brand don’t actually reach US soil.
In this particular case this is because Buick doesn’t see the business case for revealing new minivans in the US – unlike Chrysler with the Pacifica or the recent rumor that it would keep the older Dodge Grand Caravan in production until 2019. The minivans have been hit by the rising crossover sales – with more and more buyers deciding to have an SUV as the middle ground between a people carrier minivan and a conservative sedan. Now the same thing doesn’t happen just as fast in China, where Buikc has decided to update its GL8 full size van to make it more enticing. This mid cycle facelift hasn’t been introduced officially just yet, but Chinese media got the hang of it and they allegedly gained access to the official roster of pictures just prior to the immediate introduction planned sometimes later this year.
The exterior styling is a bit deeper than expected, as the designers have remodeled each and every panel save for the roof. The 2017 GL8 is given a manlier appearance and is also contemporary with the rest of the lineup – though if you look at it from the right angle you might find some cues that look inspired from the Nissan Quest sold throughout North America. No photos of the interior were revealed just yet, but judging from the exterior changes the cabin will also get a pretty thorough revamp as well. The current model can be had with a 2.4 liter Ecotec four-cylinder and 3.0 liter V6 gasoline engine, but more interesting might be the report from the local media – claiming the new GM 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with about 250 ponies is being a new addition to the range.