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Buick unveils a future flagship (pictures)

Blending classic proportions with future design, the Buick Avenir concept debuts at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

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Buick Avenir concept

Buick's latest concept is the Avenir, debuting today at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

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En français

Avenir is means "future" in the French language. The concept, in fact, a preview of a future flagship for the Buick brand.

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Up to six cylinders

The elongated sedan is powered by a next-generation direct-injected V-6 engine with cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology.

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9-speeds and AWD

Power flows first through a 9-speed automatic transmission before reaching the road via a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system.

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Future flagship

The tapered rear end reminds me quite a bit of a previous Buick flagship: the Riviera.

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21-inch wheels

21-inch wheels are kept stuck to the ground thanks to a driver-selectable adaptive suspension.

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The details

Look closely and you'll see that the Avenir concept heralds the return of the red, white, and blue colors to the Buick shield.

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LED illumination

All of the Avenir's exterior lighting is powered by efficient LED technology.

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Buick's best tech

Inside the concept features a 12-inch version of Buick's IntelliLink infotainment with OnStar 4G LTE telematics and wireless smartphone charging.

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2015 Detroit auto show

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