Buick’s most popular model in China is the Excelle. The previous, second-generation model consisted of the Excelle GT four-door sedan and Excelle XT five-door hatchback… the vehicles were essentially the Opel Astra J-generation sedan and hatch, respectively. But when the all-new model launched in 2015, it was only offered as the Excelle GT four-door sedan. That has now changed, with Buick having announced a new addition to the Excelle family in the form of a wagon. In the photo above, it’s the grey model on the far right.
Called the Excelle GX, Buick is pegging the model as a “multifunctional wagon”. The compact wagon rides on the GM-PATAC K platform and boasts a wheelbase measuring in at 2,640 mm (about 104 inches). That enables a roomy rear seat and a trunk volume that can expand to 1,281 liters (45 cubic feet), we’re guessing with the rear seats folded. Buick says that the Excelle GX is great for daily commuting, traveling with friends or family, and carrying cargo and offers much more for those who pursue practicality.
The understated exterior is highlighted by wing-shaped LED headlights and taillights, styling elements that have become the hallmark of the modern Buick design language. Buick says that the “flowing silhouette” is representative of the brand’s styling.
Under the hood is GM’s recently-announced 1.0T and 1.3T Ecotec dual injection engines. The 1.0T engine generates maximum power of 92 kW (123 horsepower) and peak torque of 170 Nm (125 pound-feet). The optional 1.3T engine produces maximum power of 120 kW (160 horsepower) and peak torque of 230 Nm (170 pound-feet). We don’t yet have figures for the Excelle GX, but the 2018 Excelle GT (the sedan variant) offers expected combined fuel economy of as low as 5.1 liters/100 km.
The car is packed with in-vehicle technology, including support for Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife. There is also an enhanced cloud-based speech interaction and real-time road condition navigation. Based on what Buick describes as “the latest natural voice recognition system”, the speech interaction system allows users to search for destinations and points of interest, and seek information about weather, stocks and more.
In addition, AutoNavi’s real-time navigation system supports dynamic route planning, which helps Buick users avoid traffic jams. The system also supports map downloading and upgrades as well as online software upgrades. The new-generation OnStar full-time online assistant allows owners to enjoy a diverse range of functions via the blue OnStar button and OnStar app.
The Buick Excelle GX starts at RMB 119,000, which is higher compared to the RMB 109,900 starting price for the Excelle GT. The model will launch by the end of the year.
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