General Motors has just launched the 2020 Buick Excelle GT line in China, the only country where the company has been marketing this model. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, the Excelle GT is a compact-sized sedan that has established itself as one of the brand’s best-selling vehicles in the Asian country – where three-box cars are still very popular.
For the 2020 model year, a new mid-level trim called Legacy has been added to the Excelle GT range, which is equipped with an all-new 1.5-liter Ecotec engine. As such, the 2020 Buick Excelle GT lineup now offers three different powertrain options with which the brand seeks to better satisfy customer needs.
“Buick is once again addressing our customers’ evolving needs by growing the lineup of one of our most popular models,” said Executive Director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, Molly Peck, in a press release. “With the new Excelle GT Legacy models, Buick is offering a wider range of powertrain solutions to those looking for a stylish and affordable sedan,” she added.
The new 1.5-liter mill is part of the eighth generation of Ecotec engines, and stands out for being both the only four-cylinder block and the only naturally aspirated choice for the 2020 Buick Excelle GT. Matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, it generates 111 horsepower and 104 pound-feet of torque, and like the sedan’s turbocharged 1.0L and 1.3L three-cylinder engines, it meets China’s latest 6B emissions standard.
Aesthetically, the new Buick Excelle GT Legacy maintains the same design introduced in late 2017 as a mid-cycle update. On the outside, only a few trims details, taillight housings and alloy wheel designs were updated. Meanwhile, what’s new in the car’s cockpit is Buick’s eConnect technology that provides cloud-based voice activation, facial recognition and OnStar full-time online assistance.
The 2020 Buick Excelle GT Legacy is already on sale in the Chinese market, with a choice of four exterior colors and at a starting price of $119,900 Yuan – about $16,800 USD at the current exchange rate. Customers of the new Excelle variant will enjoy an eight-year or 160,000-km warranty on all major engine and transmission parts.