China, your latest Buick vehicle has arrived. And we’re sure it will sell like hotcakes. Buick revealed the all-new 2016 Buick Verano during the Shanghai GM Gala night before the car will take the stage at Auto Shanghai 2015.
For North America, expect to see the Verano name continue on, but Buick previously announced the 2016 Verano would be called the 2016 Buick Wei Lang for the Chinese market. Following the name change, plenty of changes have been made over the outgoing car. For starts, it looks quite good.
Buick says the car has been inspired by the 2013 Buick Riviera concept, but designers wanted to “capture the essence” of the Buick Avenir concept. Avenir styling cues can be seen in the wing-tipped LEDs up front, which continue to the rear tail-lights as well. The windshield has been positioned at a steep angle, joining a fast-back style roof and tidier C-pillars, perceiving the car to be longer than it actually sits. Buick says this design embodies classic styling, while taking an innovative new approach in elegance and dynamism.
As we previously reported, the power comes from a new 1.5-liter SIDI EcoTec four-cylinder engine, the most powerful engine to wear the EcoTec branding. A seven-speed DCG has been tweaked for Chinese tastes, and smoothly shifts the 166 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque provided. Standard start/stop technology increases efficiency and sets a new standard for fuel consumption in the Chinese market.
The 2016 Verano will set above the Buick Excelle and Excelle GT as “mid-range passenger sport sedan” in the brand’s growing lineup. It shouldn’t be too much longer until our North American Verano receives similar updates.