Auto Shanghai 2013 – Buick Riviera Concept revealed
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
The Buick Riviera concept has made its global debut at the Auto Shanghai 2013. It is the fourth global concept vehicle developed by Shanghai-GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint ventures in Shanghai.
Riviera takes its inspiration from Water and has an unique gull-wing doors. Up front, the concept boasts a waterfall grille and wing-shaped daytime running lights.
The new Riviera has a 14-degree fastback design and metallic fiber spoiler complemented by active grille shutters and diffusers, and active pneumatic wheels. The Eaglewood tone interior features the abundant use of sand-blasted aluminum alloy, lava suede and ebony materials. It also has a noise-absorbing head restraint system.
It is equipped with GM’s all-new, dual-mode W-PHEV (wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) propulsion system. The user can drive the car on green power in electric mode and enjoy the exhilarating handling and performance of a sports car while driving “green” in hybrid mode. It also has four-wheel steering, an electromagnetic-controlled suspension and an air spring package for handling and comfort.
The driver assist system incorporates a variety of driver assist functions, night view assist, including an eagle view record system side blind-zone alert system, lane departure warning system, full-speed range-adaptive cruise control system, lane departure warning system, lane departure warning system, lane change assist system, parking assist system, autopilot system, rear cross-traffic alert system and “transparent” A pillars.