After releasing the first official images of the all-new Buick Verano Pro, General Motors has just revealed the sedan during a special event dedicated to the best-selling American brand in China. The automaker is introducing the next-generation Verano to bolster Buick’s stake in the compact sedan segment, which is still highly popular in the Chinese market.
Billed as a “global” vehicle, the new Buick Verano Pro represents the third generation of the Tri-Shield brand’s compact sedan originally introduced in North America for the 2012 model year. The nameplate debuted in China in 2015 as the second generation arrived, which is exclusive to the Asian country, positioned at the top of the C segment above the best-selling Buick Excelle.
The next-generation Buick Verano Pro is built on GM’s latest global vehicle architecture, the front-wheel-drive VSS-F platform that underpins the Buick Encore GX and Chevy Trailblazer crossovers. The platform provides the Verano Pro with a more refined driving experience as well as the company’s latest powertrains and electronic systems.
From a styling standpoint, the Buick Verano Pro embraces the brand’s “sculptural beauty” design language, with a dynamic look in order to attract young customers. The bodywork features organic lines and balanced proportions, giving the sedan a more upscale image. The sporty character of the Verano Pro is highlighted by the GS variant, which includes an Exclusive Design Package that includes a specific grille, more aggressive lower-body trim and a blacked-out appearance.
Complementing the Buick Verano Pro’s modern exterior is a new cabin designed to compete in the premium compact-sedan class. The vehicle will offer a first-rate technological experience with a fully digital driver instrument panel and an infotainment touchscreen, both 10.25 inches in size, along with Buick eConnect 3.0 remote services and advanced OnStar telematics.
Although the automaker didn’t reveal any specific powertrain details yet, the Buick Verano Pro will feature an all-new turbocharged and direct-injected, 1.5L four-cylinder engine that’s part of the eight-generation of Ecotec family. The Verano Pro sedan is currently on display at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, which is open to the public until April 28th, and will hit the local market in the coming months.