Buick Terraza

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Buick Terraza
Buick Terraza -- 09-26-2009.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 2005–2007
Assembly Doraville, Georgia, United States
Body and chassis
Class Minivan
Body style 4-door minivan
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform GM U platform/GMT201
Related Buick GL8
Buick Rendezvous
Chevrolet Uplander
Pontiac Aztek
Pontiac Montana SV6
Saturn Relay
Chevrolet Venture
Powertrain
Engine 3.5 L LX9 V6
3.9 L LZ9 V6
3.9 L LGD V6
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 121.1 in (3,076 mm)
Length 205.0 in (5,207 mm)
Width 72.0 in (1,829 mm)
Height 72.1 in (1,831 mm)
Curb weight 4,426 lb (2,008 kg)
Chronology
Predecessor Oldsmobile Silhouette
Successor Buick Enclave

The Buick Terraza is a minivan marketed by General Motors' Buick brand from 2005 through 2007 model years. The Terraza was a badge engineered variant of the Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn minivans sharing the U platform; (Uplander, Montana SV6, and Relay respectively) in Doraville, Georgia.

The Terraza retailed at US$28,110 in 2005. The Buick debuted with one engine, a 3.5 L High Value V6 that generates 200 hp (149 kW) and 220 lb·ft (298 N·m) of torque, going from 0-60 mph in the 9-second range. For 2006, a 3.9 L LZ9 V6, with 240 hp (179 kW) and 240 lb·ft (332 Nm) torque. It offered leather seats, and a wood trim on the panels and also offered on the steering wheel and gear shift knob.

For 2007, the 3.5 L V6 was dropped, leaving the 3.9 L as the base engine. Consequently, the optional AWD system was also dropped, since it could not handle the torque of the 3.9 L engine. A flex-fuel version of the 3.9 L V6 also became available for the Terraza's third season. The 2007 Terraza equipped with side airbags scored a "good" in the frontal offset and an "acceptable" in the side impact Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests.[1]

Year-by-year changes[edit]

  • 2005 • Buick introduces the Terraza, its first minivan for the North-American market. The Terraza was available in two trim lines: entry-level CX (FWD or AWD) and top-of-the-line CXL (FWD or AWD).
  • 2006 • The 3.5 L V6 could now be upgraded to a 3.9 (in FWD only) LZ9 V6 engine. Second row seat-mounted side airbags were now an option.
  • 2007 • The Terraza's last year, and all-wheel drive models were dropped. For 2007, the 3.9 L V6 was the only engine offered, however it was available with a flex-fuel option. More standard features were offered on the new CX Plus model, which slotted between the CX and CXL. The Terraza was removed from Buick's website in early fall 2007.

Discontinuation[edit]

The Terraza was discontinued after the 2007 model year,[2] and GM's Doraville plant closed on 26 September 2008.

The Terraza and related Rendezvous crossover SUV and the truck-based Rainier SUV were succeeded by the 8-passenger Buick Enclave crossover for 2008.

The last Terraza rolled off the assembly line on June 21, 2007.[citation needed]

Sales[edit]

Calendar year US Sales
2004 2,137[3]
2005 20,288
2006 11,948
2007 5,569
2008 544

See also[edit]

  • Buick GL8 - A Chinese-exclusive minivan, whose first generation was based on the Terraza.

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