For some reason, General Motors has decided to show off its next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact car in China before unveiling the slightly altered version of the car in North America. It seems possible then that this could also be the case with the compact car’s Buick-badged twin the Verano, which is called the Excelle GT in China.
A photo of a refreshed version of the Excelle GT has surfaced prior to its scheduled debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November, Car News China reports. The enhancements appear to be rather significant, with all-new headlights, a new front fascia and grille, a swooping bodyline running just above the door handles and an all-new rear fascia with new taillights, a different bumper and a redesigned trunk lid.
The Verano has been on sale in its current form in North America since the 2012 model year and has remained largely unchanged ever since. It’s unclear if Buick intends to bring this facelifted model to North America or if it is only a way to extend the model lifecycle of the car in China. The D2XX-based Cruze is due in North America in late-2015 as an early-2016 model, so it’s possible this version of the Verano could be brought over until the all-new D2XX Verano can be introduced.
Check out the leaked photos here and let us know what you think of this facelift in the comments.