Inside Line reports Buick is planning to bring back some of the more storied names from the company's past, including the Grand National, GNX and the T-Type. Those cars rose to prominence in the 1970s and '80s to become performance legends of their day.

The new models will reportedly make use of the rear-wheel drive platform that currently underpins the Cadillac ATS and all would arrive as sedans – according to an unnamed source familiar with the initiative. Odds are the T-Type and the Grand National would share a driveline, with honest money being on a new twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 as the engine of choice. Word has it the mill will be good for anywhere from 350 to 400 horsepower.

That leaves only the GNX. Inside Line seems to think that machine could get down the road with some help from the all-new GM LT1 small-block V8. The engineers behind the ATS platform have already told us the engine bay is large enough for to accommodate the big eight pot, and since GM is most certainly working on an ATS-V, a slightly less powerful, less luxurious Buick iteration makes some kind of sense. We can't wait to see these things in the light of day.


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      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The new models will reportedly make use of the rear-wheel drive platform that currently underpins the Cadillac ATS." I like Buick styling theme, RWD, and lower prices (compared to the Cadillacs). This is very good news.
      l9t8z
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do this right GM. Back in the day the GN was done right, it was arrogant, stuck out like a sore thumb in Buicks line-up and they didnt care if it was faster than a Camaro, Trans Am or Vette. It got a lot of people in a Buick that wouldnt be caught dead in any other Buick. The T-Type, GN and GNX following has remained strong after all these years and the aftermarket for them is still growing, given that, I could see GM selling each and every one they can build. I would say though, keep the LT1 for Caddy and Chevy, these should all be turbo 3.6's of varying power levels.
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @l9t8z
        I dunno man. A modern RWD Buick with a small-block V8? *shivers* Too cool IMO.
      Afi Keita James
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is gonna be so cool.
      mustsvt
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I read the headline I was very worried, but I am glad they seem to be applying these namplates to legit rear drive platforms. Looking forward to seeing them.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Be very very careful using names from the past. I think Pontiac got away with the GTO. But not every car reborn has been as good as its namesake. Just to be safe, why not the Wildcat?
      vegasstyleguy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Remember when the American Muscle car was dead? Remember when the Japanese were going to eat us alive? Remember when requiring hi gas mileage was gonna kill horsepower? Remember when the American auto industry was the past? Suck it losers! #TeamAmericaFYeah!
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 2 Years Ago
        @vegasstyleguy
        lol, you feel too strongly about a topic no reasonable individual cares about.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dmitriy Markelov
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      Alex Ruiz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buick NEEDS to do this ASAP. The aging baby boomers aren't going to want FWD boats like their parents. They will want fun RWD cars that remind them of their youth. GM is doing the right thing if this is true.
      rü$╫
      • 2 Years Ago
      Make it affordable! Please for my sake!
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      1. An Alpha based sedan(s) for Buick, would seem to hint that Chevrolet will get a version as well. Could it be that The Chevrolet SS & Impala will merge into one car when the Buick version comes out? It's been rumored that the Zeta based SS has only a 2-3 year shelf life, then being moved to the Alpha platform. 2. This actually make sense. If Buick is planning on reviving the Riviera as a two-door coupe, to help spread out the cost, and increased market appeal, a four-door sedan(s) built on the same line is the next logical step. 3. This all seems to be adding up to at the very least one Buick rwd concept(preview) car at the 2013 NAIAS. 4. Carefully reading the article, and from how it sounds to me, there will be one new sedan, but with performance option levels of T-Type, Grand National and GNX. Though Edmund's is saying it'll be an ATS (compact car) sized sedan, I have a feeling it'll be more inline with the 2014 CTS (midsize). If this all adds up, it'll mean the next-gen Regal is going back to rwd. PS - Personally I have no issue of reviving the T-Type and Grand National packages, but I believe that GNX should remain an historical icon unto itself.
        Brodz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EJD1984
        Who knows. Perhaps they will do stretched versions of the Alpha... or they could just bring Zeta up to date for the larger RWD solutions in future. Couldn't hurt for Zeta to get lighter. Meanwhile over at Ford....
      L78lancer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buick hasn't been interesting since the previous Grand National. Now let's see what they do with it. Too bad they can't bring back the Olds 442.
        bellestar63
        • 2 Years Ago
        @L78lancer
        And they should have kept the Pontiac GTO and the amazing Trans-Am. Oh, what the American automobile has become. Can you say uninspiring, boring, dull, sad?
      Practical Nomad
      • 2 Years Ago
      BUICK - Fantastic news and sales will skyrocket, if (MSRP) is inline. I recently read a consumer report that Buick was #2 for American cars, second behind Cadillac. GM has done a terrific job with quality, design, luxury, ride and a quiet interior. Adding increased horsepower is the ticket. I only wish we'd see more Buick advertising.
      elrey
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Buick GS is a really cool car. I love the Buick transformation, hope it continues. I can't wait to see the Grand Nat.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @elrey
        It is overweight, slow, and cramped. I have driven New Hollands with better feeling shifters too...
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