The Chinese division of General Motors located in Shanghai revealed an all-new model of the Buick GL8 luxury MPV. The GL8 has been present in Chinese domestic market since 1999, and 330,000 units of it have been sold since then. The 2011 model, going on sale from January, features improvements in terms of in design, space and safety, technology, power, features and quality.
The passengers of the GL8 won’t have to worry about space, since it has a length of 5,256 mm, a width of 1,878 mm, a height of 1,800 mm and a wheelbase of 3,088 mm. But there’s much more to it, as it comes with ice-blue atmosphere lighting and a 360-degree wraparound design inspired by luxury yachts.
Among the other amenities available are two-tone ergonomic genuine leather seats; a two-piece panorama sunroof; an electric anti-pinch sliding door and one-touch electric lift rear door; a 10-speaker, 5.1-channel Bose sound system; a 7-inch touch screen up front and 10.2-inch WVGA HD display in back; and the OnStar in-vehicle safety, security and communication service.
Buick has also retuned the suspension system with independent front-and-back sub-frames for better ride comfort and even quieter cabin. The car also gets Bosch 8.1 ESP system, large-size tires and disc brakes, with six air bags available on selected models, as well as multi-dimensional blue ray Bi-Xenon HID headlights and crystal-like chrome LED taillights.
The new GL8 comes with a choice of a 3.0-liter V-6 SIDI intelligent direct injection engine or a 2.4-liter Ecotec engine with segment-leading fuel efficiency. GM’s advanced 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard, providing unrivaled power in the luxury MPV segment.
There’s still no word on the GL8’s availability in the American market.