Buick announced early this summer the Verano nameplate would be exiting the U.S. and Canadian markets following an abbreviated 2017 model year. The brand stated it would move away from the compact car segment as the Buick Encore took over entry-level vehicle duties.
Yet, here we are with spy shots from AutoGuide showing the Chinese-spec 2017 Buick Verano GS hatchback fully uncovered at General Motors’ Milford Proving Grounds. It’s a strange sighting noting the information above. Did Buick axe the sedan only to bring a Verano hatchback aboard? It could be so.
The Verano GS hatchback is a reskinned Opel Astra K, currently slated for the Chinese market only. However, if Buick wants to reinvigorate some extra “white space” into the brand, a premium hatchback could be a pretty darn good way to do it.