It has been some time since the rumors started regarding a new Buick Grand National; just after General Motors introduced a new rear-wheel drive platform – the Alpha. The Alpha platform went on to become the basis for the Cadillac ATS and CTS and even the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. It also might be used for a 2017 Chevy El Camino.
We think that it’s likely that the first vehicle to use the Grand National name will be based on the Buick Regal sedan, using the Alpha platform for its base. Later in the production cycle, we expect to see a 2-door version of the Regal, available in two trim levels; the GN (Buick Grand National) and the sportier GNX.
2017 Buick Grand National release date
Despite constant buzz and rumors on the internet, the exact release date of the 2017 Buick Grand National is still unknown. We think that the new model will appear on the dealerships forecourts in late 2016, as a 2017 model year car. However, General Motors haven’t confirmed any rumors or speculation, so this is perhaps further speculation.
Release date: late 2016 – mid 2017
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2017 Buick Grand National price
As with the release date, nothing official has been confirmed, but rumors suggest that the 2017 Buick Grand National price will start in the region of $30,000, while the loaded flag ship model will exceed $40,000. We think that it is more likely to match the 2017 Chevrolet SS, which would mean a price around $45,000, although of course that is dependent on the trim and to some extent, the motor used.
2017 Buick Grand National exterior
According to the spy shots that we’ve seen, the new model will stick with the Regal styling, but with a few sporty touches; it will have an updated front bumper with an integrated spoiler, rear diffuser, side skirts, wider tires and wheel arches to match, we also think that a small trunk lid spoiler could be possible. Aside from the sporting pretence, we think that the new Buick will continue with the general design language that we’ve seen in recent years – oval forms, lots of chrome and front fender apertures.
Although there are no official pictures yet, some industry insiders have created renderings of what they think the new Buick Grand National will look like, no one really knows, we assume that it will look similar to the Regal, but in reality, it could be completely different, especially if they use the new platform.
Hopefully, the new design will be something quite different, setting it apart from the competition.
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2017 Buick Grand National interior
Rumors lead us to believe that the interior of the 2017 Grand National will be pretty much unchanged from the Regal, although thanks to the need for ‘sporty’, we think that Buick will fit sports style seats, giving good lateral support.
We also think that Buick will fit a flat-bottomed ‘D’ shaped steering wheel (just as you’d find in many race cars and sporty road cars). It will be multifunction and more than likely have shift paddles fitted, if Buick do fit this, expect it to be trimmed in Alcantara.
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2017 Buick Grand National specs
Bucking the trend for large powerful engines, as fitted in many of the European sports sedans or even the Chevy SS, we think that Buick will go for something a little smaller in capacity.
First up (we believe) will be a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder turbo, producing around 250 BHP. A similar engine has been used in some of the special OPC versions of the Opel cars in Europe, given that Buick share common components, with many Opel’s, we think this would be an obvious choice, perhaps for an entry level model.
The second option is for a naturally aspirated 3.6 liter V6 with around 300 BHP. This motor has been used extensively by GM in both domestic and European markets.
Finally, there is a third option; the same 3.6 liter V6 but with twin turbo’s fitted; this would give a power output of at least 400 BHP – we think this is the choice for the GNX model.
It’s worth noting at this point that all of this is pure speculation and theory, we may yet see the 2017 Buick Grand National fitted with an old style naturally aspirated V8.
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2017 Buick Grand National video
Buick Grand National brand history
The Buick Regal was produced from 1973 until 1987 without any major changes.
It’s worth clarifying that the Grand National nomenclature refers to a model designation, rather than a new model, but the name is considered as something of a modern muscle car. It was on sale in 1982 and then again between 1984 – 1987.
All of the original Grand Nationals were available only in black, thanks to this, they were known as the ‘Darth Vader’ car.
It was fitted with a 3.8 liter V6, and thanks to turbo charging and a sizeable intercooler, made 245 BHP (which in 1987 wasn’t that bad).
Those original models are now very collectible.
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