BUICK ADDS RAINIER SUV TO PRODUCT LINE; DIVISION EXTENDS ITS REACH INTO THE TRUCK MARKET
DETROIT - Buick Motor Division will introduce a midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) named Rainier for the 2004 model year, extending its truck portfolio following the successful launch of Rendezvous, a crossover vehicle.
Rainier, a five-passenger, full-frame SUV based on General Motors' award-winning midsize SUV architecture, will be powered by a sophisticated inline six-cylinder engine. It will feature an optional Vortec 5300 V8 engine that will be available at a later date. The availability of this V8 engine is exclusive to Rainier on GM's short-wheel-base midsize SUV architecture. Rainier will be introduced in dealers' showrooms in September 2003.
The 2002 Rendezvous, featuring the advantages of an SUV, luxury sedan and minivan, was Buick's first truck-based vehicle in nearly 80 years when it reached the market in the spring of 2001.
"With Rainier and Rendezvous, Buick showrooms will be must-stop shopping for owners who desire vehicles that deliver power and versatility in a stylish package," said Roger Adams, Buick general manager.
"Rainier adds a new dimension to the Buick family of vehicles with a fully functional, all-wheel-drive light truck with off-road capability," he added. "With all these attributes, Rainier will be equally at home at the country club, towing the ski boat or at the theater."
In addition to outstanding power and performance, the 2004 four-door Buick Rainier provides sure-footed, refined handling; a cockpit that places the driver firmly in control; a spacious, versatile interior; and superior safety characteristics, including dual-stage front airbags and available side airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger.