$20,168 US Dollars (RMB 137,700) – that’s the base price of the Buick Excelle GT, the newest addition to the Tri-Shield brand’s lineup in China.
The compact Delta II-based sedan is available in six trim levels and tops out at RMB 189,700 ($27,785). It offers three engine choices, including a turbocharged 1.6 liter ECOTEC and two (1.6 and 1.8 liter) naturally-aspirated mills, all mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The boosted 1.6 liter makes 135 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in a whopping 9 seconds.
According to Buick, the rear suspension of the Excelle GT makes use of a compound crank rear axle with a Watts link, which makes “for improved handling and greater ride comfort” while 16-inch disc brakes and low rolling-resistance Goodyear tires give the vehicle “a perfect combination of driving comfort and driver control.”
Buick expects the Excelle GT to receive a maximum five stars in crash testing all over the globe, including in Europe, North America, and China. And in typical GM fashion, OnStar’s got your back in case of an accident.
The Excelle GT joins its cousin, the Excelle XT, in China. Expect to see the Excelle GT on North American shores sometime in 2011 to join the all-new Regal and LaCrosse.