If it’s not apparent how important China is to Buick, let us paint a picture for you. The brand has sold over 6 million vehicles in the country since 1998, and the love affair shows no signs of dwindling. Some of Buick’s most important product for the U.S. has been introduced in China first, including the first-generation Verano. And the 2016 Buick Envision may follow the same trend.
While we await a new 2016 Buick Verano on our shores, Buick has teased the upcoming next-generation Verano for China. Except this time, it won’t be called the Verano.
Along with the teaser, Buick announced the car will take on the Wei Lang name in China, and will debut on the eve of Auto Shanghai on April 19th. The car will be placed as a new strategic mid-range model for the brand in China, and cues from the Avenir concept car are said to have trickled onto the design.
We’ve already seen supposed leaked spy shots of the car completely uncovered in China, and the teaser image seems to follow that design. Things become a little more angular up front, and the angry chrome strips above the tail-lamps are discarded in favor of a wedge shaped design. The car will utilize General Motors new D2XX platform, which will also underpin the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.
Stay tuned for the official unveiling in a few short days.