Based solely on rumors, Buick is planning to grace us with the 2018 Buick Riviera production model next year. The fan favorite, Riviera, has been untimely discontinued back in 1999 and speculation about its eventual comeback haven’t subsided one bit since then. If you are to believe the rumors, 2018 is the year when we will finally get to see the new version of this classic American vehicle, but with no official confirmation, only time will tell if we will ever get to see the Riviera on the streets again.
So, will the 2018 Buick Riviera ever come to fruition? Buick is yet to issue a release date, specs information or even a confirmation of the Riviera’s production. However, since Buick has publicly discussed their plans to venture into a more futuristic territory, we would be remiss not to mention the Riviera in that context.
The new Riviera will need to be be designed to meet the demands of the modern-day consumer that is looking for a luxurious, elegant and high-performance vehicle. In terms of design, we can expect the new model to take a lot of cues from the last year’s Buick Riviera concept that premiered at the Shanghai Auto Show. We doubt that the production model would fully embrace the concept’s cutting edge design, but some of the sharp curves and sleek edges are sure to make their way into the finished product.
The Riviera has always been designed to perform, and this new model should be no different with a brand-new engine lineup that has been created to do exactly that. There are a couple of possible powertrain options for the new generation, including the 3.6-liter V6 engine, capable of producing up to 320 horsepower. Also rumored is the hybrid powertrain, which was showcased in the last years Buick Riviera concept. That setup included GM’s dual-mode W-PHEV, which stand for wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle propulsion system. It allows you to drive in a completely electric mode or a combination of the gas and electric hybrid modes. Aside from this information, Buick hasn’t provided much insight into this hybrid system, but if the new Riviera does include a hybrid option we expect to see a version of the Chevy Volt’s and Cadillac ELR’s setup.
2018 Buick Riviera Price and Release Date
We estimate the pricing for the 2018 Buick Riviera to start at about $50,000 or more after factoring in all the optional features it will surely receive. There is no official release date yet nor an official confirmation of the Riviera’s comeback. But, if this new model is in the works as the rumors suggest, we expect to see it hit the showrooms in the second half of 2018.
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