2001 Buick Bengal Concept
A small third door behind the driver’s door and a retractable tonneau cover reveal storage space for custom golf bags or seating for two additional passengers.
Quiet Servant, first shown on Buick’s LaCrosse and Cielo concepts, is back — featuring voice- activated controls from Visteon Corporation and a reconfigurable, color head-up display that shows gauges on demand. This enables the driver to control the car and its systems with voice commands or a four-position joystick on the steering wheel. As a result, the dashboard is simple and elegant and the driver operates the car with both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The system is capable of regnizing 6 languages and regional accents while ignoring surrounding sounds in the automobile, even in a convertible like the Bengal. The driver can issue more then 118 commands to the car.
For the first time in GM’s history, a front wheel drive transmission is housed in front of the car’s engine rather than behind it. This new placement of the engine and transmission brings the cars wheels 8 inches further forward, compared to the conventional GM powertrain layout, to achieve rear-wheel-drive vehicle proportions.
|engine||Transverse Supercharged V6|
|displacement||3400 cc / 207.5 in³|
|power||186.4 kw / 250.0 bhp|
|specific output||73.53 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||bhp per tonne|
|body / frame||Unit Steel|
|f brake size||mm / in|
|r brake size||mm / in|
|curb weight||1496 kg / 3298 lbs|
|wheelbase||2794 mm / 110.0 in|
|length||4445 mm / 175.0 in|
|width||1267 mm / 49.9 in|
|height||1868 mm / 73.5 in|