Feast your eyes on the Chinese-market Buick Verano Hatchback. Announced this evening in Guangzhou, China alongside the Verano GS hatch, the five-door premium compact hatch is essentially the Opel Astra K, albeit with a few Buick design elements such as the waterfall grille.
Buick says that the Verano Hatchback features “trendy, sporty styling”, handling associated with European cars, a premium interior, and advanced technology. The brand states that the Verano hatch is “targeted at younger trend-setting consumers who are looking for a driving experience that is “born with sportiness.”
The Verano Hatchback is “built on the same architecture as the new Opel Astra” know within GM as the D2XX platform. Its chassis features an optimized MacPherson front suspension and an “enhanced composite torsion bar”, along with a new-generation Opel-patented Watt’s link rear suspension and all-aluminum six-point full-length sub-frame. The result, says Buick, “is a perfect balance between body dimensions, weight and overall efficiency.”
The compact hatch is powered by GM’s new 1.5L SIDI naturally-aspirated Ecotec engine with auto engine Stop/Start paired with a six-speed DCG transmission. The combination delivers a maximum output of 87 kW (116 horsepower) at 6,600 rpm and peak torque of 146 Nm (107 pound-feet) of torque at 4,000 rpm. The powertrain combination is labeled as 15S, which designates a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter engine.
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