A heavily-camouflaged Buick Excelle (the original one) was recently caught undergoing testing in China. Spotted roaming the streets of Shanghai, the vehicle’s hood seems to be raised above the grille, appearing to serve as an extra air intake.
The Excelle is the most popular Buick on sale today globally; interestingly, it’s no Buick at all, but rather a very simple and unsophisticated model, having started its life as a rebadged Daewoo. In that regard, the Excelle shouldn’t be confused with the Delta-based Excelle GT (sedan) or Excelle XT (hatchback) that are related to the Buick Verano and Opel Astra.
So now that we’re confident that we’re talking about the same Excelle — this vehicle was given a facelift back in February, making another update to the exterior unlikely. That leaves us thinking that General Motors is testing a new engine, or perhaps even an entirely overhauled powertrain in the prototype seen here.
Currently, the Excelle starts at 96,900 Chinese Yuan ($15,800 USD) and is powered by a 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine making 111 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque; the antiquated four-banger is paired with either a six-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic — a rather outdated powertrain combination, by any stretch.
Stay tuned as we learn more.