Buick pulled the Verano compact sedan from its lineup after crossover sales took did in the affordable luxury vehicle, but the market is still kicking in China.
Spy shots show Buick is readying a revamped Excelle GT, not to be confused with the regular Buick Excelle. In fact, the regular Excelle will exit production after 13 years in the country. The Excelle GT is unrelated to the Excelle, which has long been based on old Daewoo and Opel architecture.
It’s safe to expect the latest Buick design motifs will carry over to the facelifted Excelle GT. More angular headlights and plenty of inspiration from the Avista concept are likely, which would bring the car in line with the LaCrosse and Regal.
The latest Excelle GT was recently redesigned for 2015 and compliments a second-generation Buick Verano in China. While similar, the cars are different—the Verano represents a more affordable option (and will take over entry-level duties from the Excelle), while the Excelle GT is slightly more upmarket.
In the U.S., the Buick Encore has become Buick’s entry-level model, a strategy that continues to pull new customers into the brand. Buick’s crossover centric lineup can be named a catalyst for the growth experienced in its home market. Unlike what the initial report states, we don’t expect the Excelle GT or Chinese Verano to give way to a new U.S. model anytime soon.
Spy shots: Motor1