2021 Buick Riviera

2021 Buick Riviera Might Come to China

These days, the Chinese market seems like a perfect field for all kinds of instruments in the automotive industry. Manufacturers from all sides are offering interesting designs and most of them are doing well. Among numerous interesting models, many of them carry some famous nameplate that was typical for North American or European markets in the past. According to the latest reports, the 2021 Buick Riviera could join them.

For more than three decades, Riviera was a typical example of the American luxury car. Extremely large and equipped with huge engines, all versions of these so-called personal cars were all about luxury. Some generations even measured more than 120 inches in wheelbase, which is the size typical for full-size SUVs these days. However, times changes and the nameplate was discontinued in the 90s. The company tried with a couple of concept cars meanwhile, but we are still waiting for a comeback. At this point, it looks it will rather happen in China than in North America.

2021 Buick Riviera

2021 Buick Riviera Design

Large luxury cars are doing pretty well in China these days, as well as Buick. So, it’s no wonder that GM is planning to bring back Riviera if we can trust the latest reports. The famous nameplate seems like a perfect opportunity for Buick to go even more upscale. At this point, we don’t have precise information or predictions about the new design, but it’s not hard to presume in which direction would the new 2021 Buick Riviera go.


When it comes to the exterior design, keep in mind the two concept versions that happened in the last two decades, in 2007 and 2013. The 2013 Riviera Concept looks particularly interesting to us for several reasons. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is a PHEV setup, but there is much more that could be borrowed, including the styling. That concept was characterized by a quite futuristic approach.

Buick Riviera Concept

It also features pretty smooth lines, which is something that characterizes modern Buick models. Of course, it also features some fancy details, such as gull-wing doors, which probably wouldn’t find their place in the 2021 Buick Riviera. On the other side, there are some pretty interesting engineering solutions, such as magnetically adjustable suspension, four-wheel-steering and more.


The same thing goes for the interior design, though we don’t expect to see that much influence from the previous concept version. Simply, that model features too futuristic design even for today’s standard. Also, we already mentioned that gull-wing door design, which allows easy access to rear seats. That won’t happen in the production model. We count on typical coupe-long doors, while the overall configuration should be pretty typical for the class, with two separate seats in the back. Naturally, we count on a pretty attractive dashboard, a lot of digitalized features and high overall quality.

Buick Riviera Interior

2021 Buick Riviera Engine

At this point, it is hard to talk about more precise details. Still, we are pretty sure that the 2020 Buick Riviera will get some form of electrification. Most likely, it would be a plug-in hybrid setup, based on a smaller-displacement turbocharged engine. Also, we may see the same dual-model W-PHEV layout,  which allows both traditional chargings with a cable and wireless charging with a sensory rechargeable panel located probably somewhere underneath.

2021 Buick Riviera Release Date

Those would be some of the expectations from the 2021 Buick Riviera. Keep in mind that we are still waiting to hear something from the officials. Therefore, take this comeback with a big reserve, despite that many unofficial reports suggest we might see this model in the near future. At this point, we are eagerly waiting to get some info from the officials.

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