• Apr 7th 2007 at 1:07PM
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Many thousands of miles away from New York, another auto show is getting into full swing. We're talking about the Seoul Motor Show, where the Koreans are getting an eyeful of some pretty nifty stuff. Like what, you ask? Well, like this rebadged Holden Caprice/Statesman, which bowed as the Daewoo L4X sedan. The car on display is the "concept" version of the vehicle that'll go on sale in Korea at a later date.

GM's ubiquitous 3.6-liter V6 provides 258 horses with which to propel the rear-wheel-drive long-wheelbase sedan. It's being positioned as a luxury/executive vehicle complete with niceties such as navigation with TV functionality, heated rear seats with massage, and privacy rollers and blinds for the backseat passengers. We're all for having a variation of the Caprice and/or Statesman show up on these shores badged as a Buick. Unfortunately, Buick dealers, in their infinite wisdom, appear to disagree. We will see a Buick version of the car in China (we're guessing it'll debut at Shanghai later this month), at which point we'll complain loudly about it not being here.

[Source: GM Daewoo]

L4X - Premium Large Sedan of the Future

GM Daewoo is lifting the veil on a show car version of its much-anticipated long-wheelbase premium large sedan, the L4X.

The rear-wheel-drive product, which is close to a production version, permits a first glimpse into what GM Daewoo is pursuing as its premium large sedan. GM Daewoo's future flagship will boast a superior level of refinement, safety and comfort features.

"The L4X exemplifies what a true premium large sedan should be. It excels in the most fundamental virtues of its segment," said Michael Grimaldi, President and CEO of GM Daewoo. "For example, it has segment-leading interior space and rear seat comfort."

He added, "Our latest show car is not only stylish, it also offers an array of convenience features and luxury appointments to satisfy the most sophisticated Korean consumers."

The L4X comes with a powerful 3.6-liter V-6 powerplant that is matched with a smooth-shifting five-speed automatic transmission. The state-of-the-art alloy engine generates peak power and torque of 258 hp at 6,500 rpm and 34.7 kg.m at 3,200 rpm.

What makes the L4X stand out in terms of superior ride and handling are its sharpened chassis dynamics coupled with a longest-in-class 3,009-mm wheelbase, world-class structural stiffness and a sophisticated rear-wheel-drive system.

Its elegant exterior design, which will set it apart from other premium sedans, is characterized by a stretched silhouette and a wide stance accentuated by flared wheel arches. The longer rear doors are the key to the dramatic proportions, which are accentuated by a sweeping roofline and substantial wheel and tire package. As a result of the longest wheelbase among Korean large sedans, the wheels have been moved to the very corners of the car, making it look and perform in a stable and sporty manner.

Detail highlights include signature LED repeater lamps in the fender vents, striking LED tail lamps and bright chrome accents. Its bi-xenon headlamps and tail lamps have a high-tech, precise and almost diamond-like appearance, with finely detailed elements that make them sparkle and glisten. The bright chrome bodyside molding and chrome-highlighted door handles add a touch of sculptured elegance to the side.

The themes for the interior design are comfort, harmony, luxury and attention to detail. The L4X offers a spacious and safe passenger compartment that provides a prestigious driving environment with optimized storage, packaging and ergonomics.

To give owners second-to-none premium comfort, the production version of the new GM Daewoo flagship will feature an array of safety and convenience features, including a navigation system with Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) TV, bi-xenon headlamps, curtain air bags, tri-zone automatic temperature controls, power rear seats with three-step temperature control heating and rear-back massage, power rear-window curtains, roller blinds, a rearview camera and power-folding outside rearview mirrors.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I see no reason to take this car to American shores. The two sedans they already sell here are way to close in specs, and the general needs to put some space in between them. However in China where Buick sells more cars there than anyone else it makes sense to have another car to sell to people who just want to be different from their neighbors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #18 - unlike the Lucerne (and any GM sedan besides Cadillac) this is Rear Wheel Drive.

      And, aside from the grill and hood ornament (which may be slightly over the top) it is a pretty clean, attractive car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why can't Ford build a car like Daewoo? Oh yeah, that's right, they are too busy shoveling cash to Mulally.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's the 2010 Chervolet Impala on the Zeta platform. Luckily it will get a new body, a L76/LS2 6.0L V-8, and be on the WM long-wheelbase version (118.5 inches) like this. The Oshawa, ON plant is gearing up for production now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No, I think the Buick dealers know their customers. This car is to up scale for the average Buick buyer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just saw the Bentley Booth at the Seoul Motor Show - the show stand just oozes quality and they have a master craftsman showing the wood skills. Oodles of style and sophistication. There are too many S-Class around here...let's see more Bentleys on the road!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm...Lutz announced a while back that there would be a Buick Statesman in 2009. I thought that was a done deal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here is a tought: Put a Saturn grill, a bring this car as a Saturn, positioned above the Aura, to compete with the Toyota Avalon and other near-luxury vehicles. If you can this car to the U.S., well-equiped and federalized with a MSRP of about 32K loaded, then I don't see why Saturn cannot move at least 30-40K cars a year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why not call it the Daewoo Aura? GM has a rebadged Opel as it's new Saturn Astra anyways. Rebadging is fun!
      • 8 Years Ago

      What is the matter with all those U.S. Buick dealers? Don't they know their brand needs yet another large sedan? (please note sarcasm)

      I'm not in the market for a Buick, and if the current lineup is the direction Buick is headed (that is, large 4 door sedans with little to differentiate them from their competition....except maybe, the availability of pushrod-equipped engines) I hope I never am in the market for a Buick.

      I loved the Riviera's (well, most of them) and the 2 door Regals, but Buick...EVERYONE has sedans and SUVs, I see no real reason to even consider yours.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like an older Infinity Q45.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2, Daewoo doesn't build this car.
      This car, and the Pontiac G8 are both built in Australia.
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