Since an actual minivan is far more interesting than any “Smart Pod,” we’ll start with the GL8 Flagship Concept. The exterior is meant to be luxurious and “dynamic” looking with its mix of colors, glass canopy roof, wing-shaped headlights and highly-sculpted body. There’s hardly a piece on the car that isn’t making a statement, and the highlights continue when you open the doors.
It becomes fairly clear right away that this minivan is not one for family use, as it’s only rocking four seats. That said, everybody in those four seats is guaranteed to be comfortable. Buick says it’s using “zero gravity” lounge seats inside, and the cabin as a whole is inspired by Chinese mountain and water landscapes. That could explain the multi-color floor, as the blue section looks like it could be the water at the base of a mountain, surrounded by a beach.
Features include a tea tray, 30-inch driver display, touchscreen on the steering wheel, full windshield-width head-up display and a new audio system that features speakers in the headrests. Buick says all of the car’s functions can be controlled by voice, too. Beyond the obviously futuristic touches, this Buick minivan is just plain gorgeous. Its gold, blue and cream color combo and various materials used throughout look like top-notch luxury. We’d love to see some of this attention to detail and luxury trickle down into some of Buick’s production cars.
Smart Pod Concept