2018 Buick Riviera Release Date, Price and Specs

After two concepts already revealed, the 2018 Buick Riviera is getting close to its release. This model has been in the making for a long time already. The prospect of finally getting this car seems very exciting and people would say that it looks near to impossible that the production version will hit the streets soon. The initial concept for this revolutionary car was made in 2007 while the second one was produced in 2013 and both were unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show.

Now when they had enough time to do all the adjustments, the spy photos have unveiled to us a model which is near production ready. It is a car which retains a lot of the characteristics of its concept versions but also comes with some details that have just been established.

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The prospect of this car is mostly viewed with its introduction of the all-new, dual-mode W-PHEV engine. This is supposed to be the first wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which actually allows the vehicle to be charged wirelessly.

The new set of images which were shown are just a preparation for the release date that is coming soon. The model will most certainly be released as a 2018 version and we can expect to see the full set of details any time now. But for now here is a review to make some sense of things.

2018 Buick Riviera Potential Release Date

The two concept models that lead up to the 2018 Buick Riviera only show us what kind of potential the car can have. But the exact release date has not been determined and we are waiting for its confirmation. The model will probably receive its worldwide acclaim at the Beijing Auto Show, as it always had for now, but the ultimate final product will probably be available in 2018.

Potential Price for the 2018 Buick Riviera

It can be pretty hard to determine the price for the future 2018 Buick Riviera at this point. The car does hold future technology which has not been seen nor priced so far, and we do not have anything to compare it against with. But we can say that we do not expect it to be given for less than 50,000 dollars just for its starting model. The price will probably go further than that and we can expect to get it at the official unveiling or a little bit after that.

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Exterior Concept Design

What the exterior design of the 2018 Buick Riviera model brings us is a very futuristic kind of design. The philosophy behind the exterior design of the initial concept model was “The greatest good is like water.” They have based the design of their vehicle on that premise for a while now and the concept model had some very elegant lines which were inspired by the movement from nature and updated with some specific Buick features.

The things which were specifically added include a Buick’s famous waterfall grille, wing-shaped daytime running lights, a raked windshield, a metallic-fiber spoiler, 14-degree fastback design, active pneumatic wheels, active grille shutters and diffusers. The picture that we are looking right now will probably not make it all the way to the production version of the car, but if we even get the half of it we can say that we are very happy about the looks of the car.

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Interior Details

The interior of the 2018 Buick Riviera will feature all new and luxury additions and materials. The car has changed a little bit from its starting concept version, but still retained some of the elements which were added to the inside of the car once the design has started. The car has a well-structured center console, with floating seats and adaptive seating system. The mixture of materials includes sand-blasted aluminum alloy lava suede and ebony, so it provides us with the ultimate appeal.

There is also an announcement that this car will have an innovative mobile Internet system, which supports high-speed 4G LTE. This can allow it to perform such feats as real-time traffic information, weather updates, and news. It also enables it to communicate with other vehicles of its kind.

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Drivetrain Innovations

The 2018 Buick Riviera is considered to be the car of the future. As such it supports a highly advanced and a very intricate powertrain system. The model is going to use a GM’s all-new, dual-mode W-PHEV which has the ability to be charged wirelessly. Although it has the ability to be charged with a traditional cable, it is much more thrilling when you have this type of an option to use. The type of powertrain that the car will use is supposed to make 250 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.

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0-60 mph Acceleration and Top Speed

Although the information about its acceleration and top speed are not still official, we can trust them to be very close to the potential final product. The 0-60 mph acceleration is currently assessed at around 5 seconds, while the car is able to develop a top speed of 155 mph.

Fuel Economy Stats

The car is getting close to its release date but the 2018 Buick Riviera has not released its official fuel specifications. The model is going to be a part of the lineup which is going to look at the future and bring us a much better and greener concept. The vehicles is supposed to be one of the better cars when it comes to fuel consumption. It is mainly an electronic car and provides absolutely zero emissions. But there is probably going to be a hybrid version which will also offer the use of a gasoline engine along the line. This is still under development but the point is to make an effective and entirely efficient electronic car.

Dimensions

The 2018 Buick Riviera are not made public yet. There were some specifications when the concept model appeared, but they were later scraped with the second concept. We do think that the dimensions that have been retained for the second concept version are going to be kept but there is no telling whether they decide to fiddle with something new here. All in all, the car seems perfectly balanced and looks great for the type of car it is and the segment it is going to compete in.

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What are the Safety Rates?

The new 2018 Buick Riviera is supposed to bring us a very favorable and an advanced safety system. The scores that the car will get are probably going to be very high and the ultimate product will be one of the better ones for the brand. Some of the pieces of technology that are going to address the safety include forward-looking active safety system, with 10 high-resolution cameras and 18 micro high-precision sensors. The new intelligent driver assist system is going to provide the occupants with other active safety features which are:  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.

Rivaling Models

The 2018 Buick Riviera is supposed to be the car of the future. It does not only mean based on its looks and interior setup, but actually based on everything that has been placed inside it. Vehicles like the BMW 3-Series cars and Audi A4 certainly have the luxury and appeal to face the Riviera, but it remains to be seen what an actual offer they can provide.

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