Buick Grand National Model History


Buick Grand National is a mid-sized vehicle which is based on technologies of Buick Regal. It has been released in several versions as a special type of its Regal brother. We expected the soon release of the next generation – 2017 Buick Grand National

1987 Version

The first car of this type was released in 1987. These vehicles were of charcoal gray color being released as a variant of Buick Regal. Their exterior features included an air dam found at the front side. Later these models received a rear spoiler. Sophisticated type of seat was used inside of this Buick, they were all adjustable.

As for the range of engines, you could use 4.1-litre V6. This variant would give you 125 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque. Some of these cars were equipped with a 3.8-litre V6 engine. It was one of the few turbocharged vehicles which could be bought in U.S.

It’s interesting that the vehicle arrived when Star Wars series was released. The stealthy shape of GNX version as well as its grill looking like Darth Vader helmet’s mouthpiece made this vehicle known as Darth Vader’s Car.

1988-1996 Version

The third generation of Buick Regal gave birth to GS model. The vehicle acquired a GM W platform. The carmaker returned to its initial idea producing these cars for for people who want to have luxurious features. Grand Sport used wheels of aluminum and included 4-speed transmission of an automatic type.

Mechanically the car had something in common with Pontiac Grand Prix however Buick included a unique 3.8-litre V6 unit. In 1994 GS was the only coupe left for this lineup. This model was produced with Dual airbags and absolutely new interior.

1997 Version

This was the year when the well-known GSX was continued. Its successor arrived having become strong enough. For example, its V6 was of supercharged type. This unit could output up to 280 horsepower.

A revised W platform was used for this production. Even though the vehicle had a lot of cosmetic changes, it started to offer dual climate control and more interior space inside. Plus 5-passenger seating was offered, however all of the trim levels of that generation included this feature.

Modern Version

This variant was introduced in 2010 in Detroit. To be precise, it was a pure concept using Opel Insignia OPC and Vauxhall Insignia VXR technologies. This type of Buick was designed to have 2.0-litre engine producing 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The unit had to be mated to a six-speed transmission of manual type. This vehicle was promised to be an AWD production.

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