Imagine: you’re a General Motors engineer, testing the latest, upcoming product that has been banished from public eyes. Yet, suddenly, a camera is snapping photos of you and the car. What kind of face do you make? Why, the face of this poor lad, of course.
This guy looks genuinely shocked to have been spied by Carscoops, outside of this performance-oriented Opel Astra hatch. But, there’s something even more awe-inducing than the man’s face. The front grille is decidedly a Buick waterfall design. Could it be a ruse, or does Opel have plans to grace the U.S. with Buick hot hatch?
The newly introduced 2016 Opel Astra K wears a much slimmer, chrome-stripped grille, while this piece is much larger and clearly shows the vertical waterfall styling cues.
It may be a simple trick to fool those with eagle eyes, or a massive hint something different is coming to fill a niche in GM’s U.S. portfolio, or possibly China’s.
As for the car itself, this is most likely the Opel Astra GSi, a less hopped up performance variant to better tackle Ford’s inbound hot hatches. The Astra GSi should take on the Focus ST, while as Astra OPC will do battle with the upcoming Focus RS.
There’s a lot going on here, and much to take in. Do you feel a performance hatchback would fit in Buick’s lineup? Talk to us down below and let us know.