It seems the 2016 Buick Verano is going to look at least slightly different from the Buick Excelle GT offered in the Chinese market. While the Buick Excelle GT enjoys a successful launch, the forthcoming Verano will wait until the Shanghai Auto Show next month for a full unveiling.
The report from Car News China mentions the Verano will be positioned between the Excelle GT and Regal, creating a stepping stone between the two, but we don’t find much credibility in this statement. Instead, since the nameplate is a new one, we see this more as a stepping stone to the Excelle GT over anything.
The front features sharpened styling, and the rear foregoes the angry-slanted taillamps with chrome strip, as seen on the North American model. Instead, attractive wedge shaped tailights are used for a cleaner look. Altogether, the styling is move in the right direction, where the North American model is beginning to look a tad stale.
We’re not sure if the design of the Chinese Verano will look the same as the North American model when it eventually shows itself in the future. But what we do know is that the car will ride on General Motors’ D2XX platform, which will also underpin the upcoming North American Chevrolet Cruze, due to be revealed some time in 2015 for the 2016 model year.