Would You Buy a Buick Avista Convertible?
Imagining the sultry concept car without a roof.
The Buick Avista was one of the brightest stars of the 2016 Detroit auto show, with its gorgeous sheetmetal wrapped around General Motors' well-regarded Alpha chassis and a 400-hp twin-turbo engine. And while we don't even know whether the Avista coupe will ever reach production, our illustrators are already dreaming of a topless version.
As seen in these renderings, a Buick Avista convertible would keep much of the design that made the coupe concept car so appealing: Buick's elegant, wide-mouth nose; powerful, massively flared rear haunches; and sensuous shoulder lines that grace the bodysides. Given that the Buick Avista concept car shared its basic wheelbase and track with a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS, it's not a leap to imagine Buick building this topless wonder on the bones of the new Camaro droptop.
Whether that will happen is anyone's guess. Buick chief Duncan Aldred told us that Buick will need a new halo car within the next few years, and hinted that the Avista coupe concept foretells the design direction of the Buick brand.
"I'd like another halo for Buick," Aldred told AUTOMOBILE Detroit Bureau Chief Todd Lassa. "We wanted to show off Buick design, we wanted to showcase a few of the things that you will see in Buicks over the next one, two, three years, whether it's the lighting technology, interior design, grille treatment, etcetera. And from there, we wait and see what happens."
For now, though, we're content to dream. Tell us: If Buick were able to build an Avista convertible with looks this gorgeous and a 400-hp engine under the hood, would you buy it?