This New Buick GL8 Minivan Is For China Only

As consumer preferences shifted towards crossovers, GM completely abandoned the minivan segment in North America, but not in China where its Buick GL8 II full-size people carrier has gone under the knife.

The mid-cycle facelift of Buick’s GL8 minivan isn’t officially out yet, but Chinese media somehow got their hands what they claim to be official photos of the car ahead of its launch later this year.

The exterior redesign goes way further than your typical nose-job, as essentially, every exterior panel aside from the roof is new, with Buick giving the 2017 GL8 a sharper and more modern look, though we can’t help but notice some similarities in the profile with Nissan’s North American Quest. We suspect that Buick will also make notable changes to the interior as well.

In its current form, the GL8 can be had with 2.4 liter Ecotec four-cylinder and 3.0 liter V6 gasoline engines, but Chinese media are reporting that GM’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with around 250-horses will be added to the range, without clarifying if any of the two other units will be dropped. Another significant upgrade is said to be the use of new a multi-link rear suspension to improve handling, ride and comfort.

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  • Six_Tymes

    looks a lot like the nissan but a bit better.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      You know Ford was in bed with Nissan back in the late 90’s.
      Now it’s GM, sort of. This is the Quest re-imagined.

  • rover10

    Just as well it’s for China only…….mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • Kash

    looks like a cheap photoshop job

    • Mind Synthetic

      it is a vred rendering

  • Bo Hanan

    Well that’s ugly.

  • Nordschleife

    GM refuses to make a decent looking minivan.

  • MarkoS

    OMG! I can’t quit laughing! China or not what a joke! Please keep it there and NO more photos!

  • Craig

    It’s interesting looking. More in keeping with the new Mercedes Metris [I had to look that name up!] than something like the new Chrysler Pacifica.

  • ErisC

    Luckily it’s only for China…

  • Bash

    Nissan Quest + Opel something

  • dumblikeyou2

    It would make for a nice hearse.

  • Blanka Li

    Was in China 2 weeks ago. Buicks everywhere. And all the taxis are Optima/Sonatas.

  • Christian

    Based on a Opel Zafira?

    • DMJ

      Too big for Zafira wheelbase, I guess. Zafira has the size of a Opel Astra Wagon.

      • Christian

        Ya, saw on wiki its the same platform as the old Opel Sintra from 1997!

        • DMJ

          Wow, that is old!

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Glad I don’t have to see that ugly-a$$ thing driving down the road.

  • Braddo

    they can have it. so damn ugly. the designers should be sacked. just awful.

  • no25

    Why does Buick want to come at premium brands and try to compete with them when they produce things that look like this? Horrendous. I won’t lie either that Buick Lacrosse looks horrible as well compared to its predecessor.

  • Marcin Lewandowski

    for China only? oh no! please bring it to Europe as a rebadged Opel Containeer. with it’s “modern look” it would be a hit! like hyundai h1 at least.

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