China is Buick’s largest market, which probably plays some part in General Motors’ decision to continually launch products there first that will eventually find their way into North American showrooms. It started with the new Envision SUV, and is continuing with the next-generation Verano, to be sold as the Excelle in China.
Buick China has released a teaser image of the all-new Excelle prior to its debut on March 2nd. The next-gen Excelle will ride on a version of GM’s D2XX global vehicle architecture, which it will share with the 2016 Cruze and the 2016 Opel Astra K. We expect the new Excelle/Verano to also share some of its powertrain components with the new Cruze, such as the 1.5-liter Ecotec engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The teaser image shows a front end which looks lower and wider than the outgoing Verano’s, evidence of the new D2XX underpinnings. The headlights look unmistakably European and we’d be surprised to learn they weren’t Opel’s doing entirely. Additionally, China’s red, white and blue tri-shield Buick emblem is shown, which is set to make a return on North American Buick products.
Buick will show us the Verano in its entirety on March 2nd, with a world debut scheduled for April 20 in Shanghai.