The Chinese market Buick Excelle GT is undergoing a bit of a revamp before its latest iteration is unveiled in April, adding new engines, a new look, and most intriguingly, a new dual-clutch transmission.
Granted, according to Car Scoops, the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission can only be optioned with the more potent of the Excelle’s two new engines – a 1.4-liter turbo putting out 140 HP. The normally-aspirated, 113 HP 1.5-liter comes with a 6-speed manual. Or maybe it’s a torque converter automatic; the story changes depending who you ask.
Aesthetically, the Excelle GT is getting a refreshed front and rear fascia. The rear is ditching the rather cheap-looking chrome strips above both taillights, and some of the elementary, angular lines have been replaced by more gentle curves. The front end is receiving even more graceful sculpture, with a narrower lower grille that stretches further along the width of the nose, and keener, more piercing-looking headlamps.
Of course, as residents of places-not-China, all we really care about is what this means for us. The revamped 2015 Buick Excelle GT gives us some insight into what we can expect from her sister models: the Buick Verano in the US, and the Opel Astra in Europe. Additionally, both engines – as well as the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission – are in-use already on the Chinese-spec 2015 Chevrolet Cruze. Chances are strong that they’ll make it into the 2016 US model of that car.