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Buick Century Raises the Bar for Ultra-Luxury Minivans

  • The Buick Century is a new flagship ultra-luxury minivan that sits atop the brand’s GL8 family of pickup trucks offered in China.
  • The Century comes in equally sumptuous four- or six-seat layouts, complete with 18-way adjustable seats.
  • The Century will be available with three trim levels, starting around $74,500 and ranging up to around $97,000 based on current exchange rates.

Do you want an ultra-luxury minivan? Head to China, and Buick has you covered with its new Century minivan (no, it’s not related to the Buick Century sedan that’s been sold in the US for many decades). Several luxury vans available in China have caught our attention before—including the boldly stylish Lexus LM and Buick’s GL8 Avenir—and this latest Buick van’s cabin looks almost on par with that of luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz Benz S-Class.

The Century can be had in either a four- or six-seat layout. Upholstered in Nappa leather, the rear seats offer 18-way adjustments, five independent heating zones and a massage function. Worried about cold feet? Don’t be. The extendable footrests are also heated. The Century was designed for the wealthy to drive, and nothing screams wealth like 366 LEDs and 162 flashing lights in the suede headliner meant to resemble a starry night sky, complete with shooting stars.

The four-seat layout offers a partition between the driver and rear passengers, creating a private place to work or sleep while you’re being chased. A 32-inch entertainment screen can be raised and lowered at the touch of a button on yet another touch screen. A cabin talk system allows rear passengers to see and speak to the driver or front passenger. In a move that shows just how much the Century caters to its passengers, 16 of the vans 21 speakers are in the rear passenger section. A 13-litre fridge keeps drinks cool, while the scent diffuser keeps the cabin smelling fresh.

The Century may favor its passengers, but the driver is not forgotten. The Century has a 30-inch virtual cockpit display as well as head-up display to project navigation, speed and other important vehicle information to the driver. Buick doesn’t provide many mechanical specs, but the Century is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and a 48-volt hybrid system.

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