The Buick Avista used to be a highly-anticipated concept car to come into production. Does a 2023 Buick Avista have a chance to actually be materialized after these years?
The Buick Avista is the pioneer when it comes to a combination between the automaker’s performance heritage, artistic exterior appeal, and modern design language—according to Buick itself, which is a spot-on statement. At that time, it was also supposed to ideally fill a niche by being the first Buick to offer a rear-wheel drive system with a solid powertrain. That being said, the possibility of a 2023 Buick Avista is looking bleak nowadays. Still, it’s still worth to dig what could’ve been of this concept car if it were released today.
What is The Buick Avista?
The Buick Avista is a two-door, four-seater hardtop coupe concept car assembled by Buick, which was introduced for the first time at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.
The concept shares the RWD Alpha platform as the 6th generation Chevy Camaro and is akin to the Cadillac ATS-V Coupe. It is powered by a 400 HP 3L twin-turbocharged V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
If the 2023 Buick Avista indeed comes true, it possibly brings a similar exterior design as the concept, which sports a massive flat and wide grille, Buick’s tri-shield logo, and a couple of Avenir-like beefy rear fenders, and sleek headlamps. It features a smoothly stretching line from head to tail, as the Avenir also does.
At the rear section, it boasts huge exhaust pipes that enhance it’s aggressive visual—cementing it as the most aggressive vehicle built by Buick in a long while.
The side view also makes the Avista even grander, with sloping windows and lengthy doors. The fact that it features a 63” front track and a 20” wheelbase with a split spoke design complemented the side view as finishing touches. They display the intention of the automaker to combine elegance and sporty proportion. Across the entire car’s interior, aluminum accents and exposed carbon fiber materials emphasize the precise formulation.
Interior Design and Features
Shifting to the interior department, the 2023 Buick Avista is most likely to carry the features that enhance its modernity as well as digital elements.
In the dashboard, a display is mounted. However, as its location is quite distant from the driver, the automaker invented “The interface” technology, which is essentially a widescreen placed between the passenger and driver seats. The digital controller of this system is within near reach of the driver, which at that point, is considered a relatively revolutionary step as it won’t bring physical buttons, most probably to support the intention of creating an elegantly modern interior. As this display takes a partial portion of the center console, the center console itself stretches up to the back-row seating space.
According to the company, the concept car is equipped with various advanced interior features such as air quality control, quiet tuning, and noise cancellation functions. Nearly all the part of Avista is produced by 3D printing technology, even the doors, and seats. The leather upholstery is adorned with a beach sand-like embossed pattern that adds a touch of nature impression to the technology-packed car.
Is a 2023 Buick Avista a Possibility?
The Avista is intended solely for a design study of the automaker. However, General Motors as Buick’s parent company, considered turning the concept car or a similar one into the production phase as the division’s flagship car, according to an official statement. The production version of this car was expected to maintain the powertrain and platform that the concept vehicle uses.
That being said, the chance of seeing a 2023 Buick Avista is actually low to none at all. Buick has shown its disinterest to materialize and mass-produced Avista despite the overwhelmingly positive reactions that it received. An idea of building a sedan-variant of the Avista is also axed by the automobile company.