Buick Riviera PHEV debuts at Shanghai show

This strikingly sleek coupe is the fourth concept vehicle jointly developed by GM’s Shanghai joint ventures.

 

This strikingly sleek coupe is the fourth concept vehicle jointly developed by GM’s Shanghai joint ventures.

“The new Riviera offers a preview of Buick’s future design language,” said Shanghai GM President Ye Yongming. “By seamlessly integrating advanced technologies, flexible functions and contemporary aesthetics, the new Riviera heralds the start of a new chapter for the 110-year-old Buick brand.”

Few technical details are available at this point, but one feature sounds especially intriguing: GM’s new dual-mode wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (W-PHEV) propulsion system. The Riviera can be charged wirelessly via a “sensory recharge panel” on the car’s chassis, or via the charging port hidden behind Buick’s iconic porthole symbol.

Other high-tech goodies include four-wheel steering, electromagnetic-controlled suspension, a 4G mobile Internet system and voice-activated commands.

The Riviera concept isn’t quite a driverless car, but it’s accelerating down that road, with an “intelligent driver assist system” that incorporates adaptive cruise control, night view assist, side blind-zone alert system, lane departure warning system, lane change assist system, parking assist system, autopilot system and “transparent” A pillars. 10 high-resolution cameras and 18 sensors present their information in a holographic image on the windshield.

 

Source: GM