Buick GL8: China’s top-selling MPV finally got electric fever

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Buick GL8, a joint venture between SAIC and GM, has been in production since 1999. On April 16th, it was announced that the popular and best-selling minivan would be introduced as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and hybrid version, with an official launch scheduled for April 27th. This development, which has been confirmed by its inclusion in the latest production catalog of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), has generated significant interest among consumers. Many people are particularly intrigued by the PHEV version of the GL8, which cosmetically remains largely unchanged from the 2022 GL8 Century edition.

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The recently unveiled Ministry of Industry and Information Technology images showcase the latest updates to the Buick GL8. The new GL8’s exterior design follows Buick’s signature aesthetic with a sleek appearance. The front of the vehicle features distinctive split headlights, integrated LED daytime running lights, and vertically oriented air vents on the bumper. The plug-in hybrid version boasts a grille adorned with horizontal chrome slats, while the hybrid model incorporates a mesh design. Additionally, the fog lamp area exhibits subtle variations in styling between the two versions.

The GL8’s side profile showcases hidden door handles. The plug-in hybrid variant also includes a charging port on the passenger side. Both models come equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels. The GL8 measures 5219/1878/1807 mm, with a wheelbase of 3088 mm. The plug-in hybrid version has a curb weight of 2390kg The rear of the vehicle features integrated taillights, with slight differences in the design of the lower bumper.

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The interior design of the GL8 retains the spacious cabin associated with the Buick brand. According to previously leaked information, the Buick GL8 PHEV edition will offer a second-row folding table, a sliding central armrest, and the possibility of an integrated refrigerator. The seats maintain the comfort standards expected from Buick, and the high-end version will feature amenities such as airbag massage, pneumatic lumbar support, and damping shock absorbers.

In terms of powertrain options, the PHEV version of the GL8 incorporates a newly developed plug-in hybrid electric drive unit, a next-generation plug-in hybrid battery, and a 1.5-liter hybrid engine with a Miller cycle. The comprehensive power output reaches 292 kW, with a torque of 580 Nm. The GL8 PHEV edition offers an impressive combined range of 1370 kilometers, according to the CLTC (Chinese standardized testing).

With its hybrid powertrain, popular design, historic sales record, and spacious interior, the Buick GL8 PHEV version is poised to impact the market. When it is officially launched on April 27th, we will have more details regarding pricing and options.

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Source: QCTT News

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