Buick Avista, Cadillac Sub-ATS and Opel GT – Let’s All-pha Speculate

Buick Avista NAIAS

Last week, Opel teased its upcoming GT Idea by saying: “You will see Opel with a fresh pair of eyes.”

That is just beautiful.

But let’s take a step back, look at Common Motors’ Alpha platform with a fresh pair of eyes and wonder aloud with each other: Is it all Alpha from here on out?

First, here’s what we know: According to Road and Track, Basic Motors is thinking about a sub-ATS sedan, presumably built on the Alpha platform because that’s the only one particular that ticks both “small sedan” and “rear-wheel drive” requirements.

Second, we know that Buick’s Avista notion, which was unveiled in Detroit, is Alpha-primarily based, but is packing a 3-liter turbocharged six slated for LaCrosse detail in 2017.

So it is feasible that the new Opel GT could be an Opel-badged Avista prepared for Europe, or a smaller, sub ATS-sized coupe like the standard GTs.

GM spokesman Klause-Peter Martin wouldn’t comment on what Alpha-based cars could be coming, how huge (or modest) the platform could go, or regardless of whether Opel would be utilizing the platform for its GT.

“(GM’s) other architectures have flexibility built into the platforms,” he stated.

It is clear that Chevrolet’s Camaro (which is Alpha-primarily based) will be the most significant seller for the Alpha platform to date. Sales for the Alpha-primarily based Cadillac ATS and CTS have largely stalled, which indicates General Motors is going to have to pump out a lot more cars to make the platform profitable.

An obvious statement would be: “GM has much more to come from Alpha.”

But it is all the much more accurate when you contemplate what the automaker is eager to show off now.


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We’ll Get The Chinese-made 2016 Buick Envision Sooner Than We Expected

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Buick announced Friday that it will bring from China the Buick Envision to sell in the U.S. subsequent summer time, two years following that car was introduced overseas, and that it will be the first Chinese-made car from a domestic manufacturer.

Automotive News reported that the modest crossover would go on sale sometime around August, earlier than expected from initial reports last month.

When it goes on sale, the Envision will be powered by a two-liter turbocharged 4 that makes 252 horsepower and will only be supplied in all-wheel drive to start. The model will be bookended by the subcompact-sized Encore and complete-size Enclave and fill a substantial require for the premium automaker. 

The Envision is constructed on Common Motors’ replacement for its Theta platform that will at some point underpin the new Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.

The new crossover will most likely start near $ 35,000 to fill the void amongst the Encore, which starts at around $ 25,000, and the Enclave, which begins close to $ 40,000.

The Envision will be roughly 1 inch longer than the Audi Q5 at 183.7 inches and significantly less than 1 inch shorter than the Acura RDX. Each premium crossovers commence at more than $ 35,000 — the RDX is priced closer to $ 36,000 and the Q5 starts more than $ 40,000.

The Envision will be assembled in GM’s Shandong facility.


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Here’s The New 2017 Buick LaCrosse’s Grille

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2017 Buick LaCrosse will feature many Avenir-inspired design cues and introduce the new face of Buick.  LaCrosse will make its global debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

This is the nose of the subsequent Avenir-inspired Buick LaCrosse.

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