2001 Buick Bengal Concept

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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.


In Detail

engineTransverse Supercharged V6
displacement3400 cc / 207.5 in³
power186.4 kw / 250.0 bhp
specific output73.53 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
body / frameUnit Steel
front tires245/45R20
rear tires245/45R20
f brake sizemm / in
r brake sizemm / in
curb weight1496 kg / 3298 lbs
wheelbase2794 mm / 110.0 in
length4445 mm / 175.0 in
width1267 mm / 49.9 in
height1868 mm / 73.5 in
transmissionSix-Speed Auto
gear ratios:1