Buick ditched cars in the United States, opting for a line of crossovers and SUVs. They are sleek vehicles with a design that can perform well on a variety of body styles, although the Buick brand does not have a suitable coupe as of yet. A new sketch from GM Design gives a behind-the-curtain look at what a modern two-door Buick might look like, and it has an off-road twist.
The concept combines off-road ruggedness and elegant sportiness in an attractive package. The overall design is reminiscent of the Local Motors Rally Fighter, although the Buick is much more refined. The concept has a clean front headlight design line that arches above the front wheel, tapering towards the rear quarter panel. This line gives the impression that the car is ready to pounce, which is only improved with the tilted windshield and the lowered greenhouse.
A plastic coating protects the large wheel arches and the lower door, giving the coupe its Safari off-road aesthetic. The low profile tires feel a bit out of place, although there is plenty of room for a bulkier set. The only indication that this is a Buick is buried in the hollow wheels – the center caps bear the brand’s logo in the form of a shield. But you can see a bit of Buick elsewhere in the design. The pointed front and rear ends don’t seem too far removed from the brand’s current design direction.
The sketch is also reminiscent of the Electra concept that Buick introduced in 2020, which showcases the brand’s new minimalist design language and electrification. Both have a sloped windshield, a sharp-edged nose with similar shapes, and plastic coating around the wheels and lower body. There are differences, especially in the shape of the greenhouse, although the Electra Concept is a four-door vehicle with gullwing doors. These also seem possible on the sketch.