Buick China has released an official statement confirming the addition of the Buick Verano hatchback, and Verano GS. The news comes days after Chinese spy photographers spotted Verano hatchback test mules in a local parking lot, where peeling back a portion of the camouflage revealed Verano GS badging.
Buick also confirmed the hatchback and the GS will be very much related to the 2016 Opel Astra, evident from the teaser photo supplied, and the models will be arriving this year.
Noted in the official announcement was “born sportiness” injected into the car from the beginning, along with sharp handling dynamics, premium interior and the latest technology. Buick says the Verano hatch design will incorporate a “low-slung stance” with flowing body lines, and Opel’s new signature floating roofline.
The Buick Verano hatchback will be offered with a 1.5-liter SIDI naturally aspirated four-cylinder with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Verano GS will be paired with a turbocharged 1.5-liter SIDI four-cylinder, accompanied by a seven-speed DCG automatic transmission.
Now, the real question is whether the U.S. is next in line to receive a Verano hatchback, or an expanded GS lineup of vehicles.