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2011 Buick GL8 - Click above for gallery of spy shots

General Motors is apparently well into the development of the next-gen Buick GL8 MPV for the Chinese market, as this series of spy photos clearly shows. Previewed by the Business MPV shown off at the Shanghai Motor Show a few months back, this revised vehicle will be targeted at upwardly mobile business types and - though based on the same platform - is a far cry from the GM minivans we've seen Stateside like the unloved Buick Terraza.

Judging from the heavily camouflaged prototypes, many of the concept's most distinctive features have made it through to the production model intact, such as the shoulder-level bodyside dips, prominent chrome waterfall grille and exaggerated wraparound headlights. Unfortunately, we don't get a glimpse of the interior, which in the concept featured dual sliding and swiveling second-row captain's chairs with a power sliding center console.

It's also not clear if the concept's 2.4-liter mild-hybrid engine and six-speed automatic will make it into the production MPV when it arrives in 2011, but China Car Times reports a series of V6 powerplants ranging from 2.5 to 3.0-liters are likely, some with direct injection.

[source: China Car Times | Spy Images: goche.sohu.com]

Spy Shots: Chinese-market Buick GL8 successor spotted testing originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 31 Jul 2009 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Blah, sorry, I don't care for this. The Enclave is a desirable package for customers who want something along these lines, but a minivan is just too uncool for Buick, at least as we know the brand here.

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Agreed. I hope that thing stays over there.

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