Following a first announcement as part of the Buick sedan portfolio update in China, General Motors is now officially launching the new 2021 Buick Verano GS in the Asian country. The company has revealed all the details about the newest member of Buick’s GS premium sport line, which completes the Verano lineup refresh launched late last year.
As such, the Buick Verano GS becomes the new range-topping variant of the compact sedan and includes a set of aesthetic elements that give it a more purposeful and unique look. GM claims this brand-new sporty variant of the Verano was designed to appeal to younger customers who want standout styling and are looking for a dynamic driving experience.
Aesthetically, the new 2021 Buick Verano GS features a specific body kit that accentuates its sporty character. Unlike the regular Verano, the GS has more aggressive lower body trim, a unique rear spoiler, a dark grille finish and black roof, window surrounds and mirror caps, as well as 17-inch black alloy wheels with performance tires and red-painted brake calipers.
In addition, the exterior design of the new second-generation Buick Verano variant adds dual rear bumper exhaust outlets and GS emblems on both the grille and the trunk lid.
While the interior of the Verano GS is outfitted with leather and perforated suede seats with red contrast stitching, carbon fiber-like trim and embroidered GS emblems on the front seatbacks for a distinctive look. It also features Buick’s latest smart connectivity technologies, including an eight-inch touchscreen with OnStar and an integrated Wi-Fi hotspot to meet customer expectations.
On a mechanical level, the Buick Verano GS maintains the turbocharged 1.3L three-cylinder engine that already equips the sedan since last year. This mill generates 162 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, and is coupled to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This powertrain, coupled with new chassis tuning, enables the Verano GS to offer sharper handling and low fuel consumption.
The 2021 Buick Verano is already available in the Chinese market with a price of 177,900 CNY, about $25,200 USD at the current exchange rate. Nearly 700,000 units of the Buick Verano have been sold in China since it was introduced in the country in mid-2015 – the only market where the model is still marketed.