The last time we heard about Buick’s next-generation Verano was way back in May, when the car was caught on two occasions undergoing tests in Germany. Now, after a near six-month hiatus, the Verano prototype is back in new spy photos from Autoevolution.
You’d expect the Verano would have lost some of its camouflage and appear a little more production-ready than the last time we spotted it, but this prototype actually appears less complete than the one we saw in May. All of its camo is still present and there’s now a black piece covering Buick’s signature waterfall grille, which wasn’t present in other photos of the car.
The Verano will share General Motors’ D2XX global vehicle architecture with the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze. Just like the new Cruze, the Verano is lower and wider than the outgoing model with a higher beltline. Aesthetically, the Verano will have more European design cues than the Cruze, due to Opel and Buick now being more closely aligned.
Under the hood of the next-gen Verano will likely be a range of four-cylinder engines from GM’s new line of Ecotec motors. GM announced new 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated and 1.4-liter turbocharged engines for the Chinese-market D2XX Cruze, which could find their way to North America. If not, other yet-to-be-announced engines could be on the table.
The Verano is being developed alongside Opel’s next-generation Astra K, which has also been spied on several occasions. The Astra K will available only in hatchback form, meaning a hatchback Verano could also be a possibility. We know the D2XX Cruze will be available as a hatch in North America, however Buick could decide to only offer it as a sedan to further differentiate the two models.
Check out the spy photos here and let us know if you’re warming up to the new Verano in the comments.