Buick unveiled the first Riviera Concept at the 2007 Auto Shanghai. Now, six years later, the company is using the same show to unveil a second version of the concept that, according to the company, "offers a preview of Buick’s future design language."
While it’s pretty obvious the concept’s exterior design won’t make it to production in its entirety, the second version of the Riviera Concept features a low, sporty and futuristic look. The concept offers an updated version of Buick’s waterfall grille and wing-shaped daytime running lights - both elements are said to be used in future Buick models.
The concept unveiled in Shanghai is coated in an ice celadon finish that is inspired by jade and features unique gull-wing doors.
The most important part of the concept is that is powered by an all-new, dual-mode W-PHEV (wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) propulsion system that allows the vehicle to be charged wirelessly via a sensory recharge panel on the car’s chassis.
Updated 04/22/2013: Buick has unveiled a new set of images for the second Riviera concept, which made its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show. Check the picture gallery to see all the images.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Buick Riviera Concept.
The Riviera’s new design language is inspired by the Chinese saying: "The greatest good is like water." The concept’s elegant lines are inspired by the vibrant nature of a moving river, which is highlighted by a new version of Buick ’s famous waterfall grille. The Riviera’s wing-shaped daytime running lights will also make their way into the future Buick models.
When compared to the first Riviera concept, the one revealed this year features a raked windshield, 14-degree fastback design, a metallic-fiber spoiler, active grille shutters and diffusers, and active pneumatic wheels. The concept is painted an ice celadon finish inspired by jade and is equipped with unique gull-wing doors.
For the interior, Buick used refined materials, such as sand-blasted aluminum alloy, lava suede and ebony. The new Riviera features a well-structured center console, front floating seats and adaptive seating system.
For the new concept, Buick also developed an innovative mobile Internet system that supports high-speed 4G LTE network use. With the help of this innovative feature, the concept can provide real-time traffic information, weather updates, and news and entertainment while communicating with other vehicles.
Under the hood of the new Riviera concept, Buick placed GM’s all-new, dual-mode W-PHEV (wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) propulsion system that allows the car to be recharged with a traditional cable or wireless via a sensory recharge panel on the car’s chassis.
When can I drive one?
Buick’s decision to offer a new Riviera concept shouldn’t be a big surprise, especially if you consider that last year GM trademarked the Riviera name. Additionally, do not be surprised to see the name return to GM’s lineup, sans this ultra-modern body and propulsion system.
While the Riviera concept is a two-door vehicle, we expect the production version to be offered in a traditional four-door layout. We expect the production version to aim against high-end German sedans.
The BMW 3-Series is one of them. It will be offered with a choice of four engines - two gasoline and two diesel, with power ranging from 163 to 306 horsepower.
gallery: BMW 3 Series Sedan
By the time the production version Riviera arrives on the market (if it ever arrives), the A4 will have entered a new generation. Rumors suggest it will get a new exterior look and an updated interior, plus a new engine lineup. Audi will offer a new 1.4-liter TSI engine with an output of either 122 horsepower or 180 horsepower and updated versions of the current engines.
gallery: Audi A4
The Riviera name was initially unveiled in 1963 and was one of the best-sold models in Buick’s lineup, so the company’s decision to bring it back is no surprise. We’re just hoping it will get as much design elements seen on the concept as possible.
Looks very cool
Innovative hybrid system
Just a concept
The new Buick Riviera concept vehicle made its global debut this evening in Shanghai
The coupe combines avant-garde aesthetics and advanced technology, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicle propulsion, in a single package. It is the fourth global concept vehicle jointly developed by GM’s Shanghai GM and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint ventures in Shanghai.
"The new Riviera offers a preview of Buick’s future design language," said Shanghai GM President Ye Yongming. "By seamlessly integrating advanced technologies, flexible functions and contemporary aesthetics, the new Riviera heralds the start of a new chapter for the 110-year-old Buick brand.”
Elegant Design Inspired by the Dynamic Nature of Water
The new Riviera’s designers took inspiration from the Chinese saying: “The greatest good is like water.” The vehicle’s sweeping design, which goes from thick to thin, has the vibrant nature of a moving river embodied in its athletic shape, elegant ambience and deeply sculpted lines.
"Riviera is a design study of the future expression of Buick design with its elegant athletic shape, sculptural beauty, and precision execution," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. "It is a great opportunity to share Buick’s future design language and technology strategy."
The concept’s silhouette with Buick’s recognizable "sweep spear” has a three-dimensional effect that resembles waves in the ocean coming to a standstill for a split second. Buick’s unique gull-wing doors exude a dynamic yet elegant ambience. The new Riviera has an ice celadon finish inspired by jade.
Up front, the concept vehicle’s updated waterfall grille and wing-shaped daytime running lights will both become key elements of Buick’s future design DNA.
The new Riviera has a low drag coefficient and a harmonious balance between style and performance thanks to its raked windshield, 14-degree fastback design and metallic fiber spoiler, which are complemented by active grille shutters and diffusers, and active pneumatic wheels.
The interior carries on Buick’s signature 360-degree integrated design with high levels of elegance and refinement. The eaglewood tone interior features the abundant use of refined materials such as sand-blasted aluminum alloy, lava suede and ebony used in a bold style reminiscent of traditional Chinese jade-inlaid wood. This creates a striking visual effect as well as a subdued sense of luxury.
The new Riviera’s compact yet well-structured center console, front floating seats and adaptive seating system, as well as its noise-absorbing head restraint system, represent the best combination of interior design and elegance.
Innovative Propulsion, Infotainment and Safety Technology
The new Riviera has adopted BIP (Buick Intelligent Performance) technology. 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. In addition, the vehicle can be charged with a traditional cable or wirelessly via a sensory recharge panel on the car’s chassis. The charging port is integrated into Buick’s iconic porthole design.
The new Riviera is also equipped with intelligent four-wheel steering, an electromagnetic-controlled suspension and an air spring package for sure handling and comfort in extreme conditions.
The innovative mobile Internet system adopted in the new Riviera supports high-speed 4G LTE network use. The concept vehicle offers real-time traffic information, weather updates, and news and entertainment while communicating with other vehicles. The vehicle’s voice commands and controls along with touch and gesture recognition activate a range of vehicle systems and enable seamless interaction between driver and vehicle.
The new Riviera employs a forward-looking active safety system that collects traffic information through 10 high-resolution cameras (for image monitoring) and 18 micro high-precision sensors (for distance monitoring). The information is integrated and presented in a holographic image onto the windshield.
The intelligent driver assist system provides occupants a high level of active safety and security. The system incorporates a variety of driver assist functions, including: an eagle view record system, night view assist, side blind-zone alert system, lane departure warning system, full-speed range-adaptive cruise control system, lane change assist system, parking assist system, rear cross-traffic alert system, autopilot system and “transparent” A pillars.
The new Riviera will be featured in the Buick display at Auto Shanghai 2013, which runs from April 20-29.