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2017 Buick Grand National

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The announcement of the 2017 Buick Grand National has managed to shake up the automotive market and in an interesting turn of events we are getting a car which was discontinued for a period of time. The Grand National was considered one of Buick’s babies but for some reason everything fell apart and the model stop its production. Buick is bringing another one of its famous old brands back and beside the Grand National the GNX has also been rumored. We expect them both to get a release date which is going to make them available for next year.

Buick has not been known as a company which retires vehicles and one that should take that into their consideration. Buick has recently started updating its lineups and a crossover from V-6 to V-8 engines is one of them. Buick was also one of the marquee companies that manage to introduce new and innovative technologies to its models so one should wonder why so many of their models have fell under the radar after a while and some of them got even discontinued because of that. But they are finally realizing and fixing their mistakes as and it all starts with the comeback of the Buick Grand National version.

2017 Buick Grand National rear view

The high performance model is actually coming back after a period of 30 years and absence from  the market. They are revolutionizing its appearance and are going to bring it back in a modern setting with plenty of new features that the model has missed out on during its time away. Our review will help you get a better perspective about this car and give you the necessary details about the expected release date and its potential price.

Exterior

The newest 2017 Buick Grand National is going to change so much for its exterior design. Since the car has been absent for a long time, there have been many speculations on how would it actually end up looking. We have seen already many suggestions and many mock drafts as the vehicle received different renderings but none of them were conclusive. The fact is that a new car is going to need a new platform and the 2017 Grand National makes a great choice there. GM has chosen a new rear-wheel-drive vehicle architecture platform known as the Alpha and it is even available in different wheelbase configurations. So this new model can actually be quite versatile and bring a useful concept that they have had in mind in production. There are some other models that are already using this sort of a platform, for instance the  Cadillac CTS, Cadillac ATS and Chevrolet Camaro. But Buick has also announced that they are going to use it for the new Regal model which has also been announced.

2017 Buick Grand National exterior

Being that the 2017 Buick Grand National is largely based on the Alpha model expect this one to get a cab-rearward style with a lot of sporty elements added to it. This is going to be a good additional as all of the mentioned models that are based on this platform have actually been remodeled perfectly and have received upgrades which makes them better-looking vehicles. Not only have they improved esthetically, their performance rates have also jumped up and we do expect this to happen here as well.

Engine specs

The announcements for the 2017 Buick Grand National state that it will offer us three possible engine variants offered for the upcoming season. The fact with this update is that they are planning to make a grand comeback for the Grand National. Having more options is never a bad thing and will certainly not be in this case. The base version is the 2.0 liter turbocharged I4 LTG making roughly 250 horsepower and it actually gives us some solid specs for starts. The second is the 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 LFX which makes  over 300 horsepower. And the newest addition is the 3.6 liter twin turbo V6 LF3 which everyone has been excited on getting as this model makes  over 400 horsepower. All of the mentioned engines are going to come with  Variable Valve Timing and direct fuel injection but there hasn’t been any word on which transmission it is going to use.

2017 Buick Grand National engine

Interior

The interior is actually the biggest mystery for the 2017 Buick Grand National, but things are actually unraveling pretty decently here and we might get to see some more new things before the release date comes. The fact is that they are still keeping some parts a mystery but there have been some leaks already and the latest assumption gives us a pretty good idea on why the model is going to look. Actually, the platform itself is giving a way for us how they may decided to design the cabin. The Alpha platform is going to decided in which direction they decide to take their Grand National design. With the advancements made with the latest Buick vehicles expect to get some standard features that we have seen in the recently released models. The modern Buick vehicles are quite interesting and we feel that a lot form them is going to be transferred to this model.

2017 Buick Grand National interior

Release date and price

Now when we have the official confirmation that the 2017 Buick Grand National is going to happen, we are only waiting on the confirmation of the release date. This is going to be sooner than we expected at first and the vehicle is going to come out in the later part of next year. The price is already a predictable piece of information as we do expect to get it at a starting price of mid-$30,000 to $40,000.
 

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Larry • June 24, 2016


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