2011 Buick Excelle XT (China)

Along with the new 2010 Cadillac SLS, Shanghai GM unveiled the new 2011 Buick Excelle XT 5-door coupe-like sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show. Of course, to us this is just a rebadged version of the Opel Astra that will go on sale across China in 2010.

Buyers of the 2011 Buick Excelle will have the choice of choosing from three 4-cylinder engines. The base 1.6L 4-cylinder produces 116-hp and is also offered in a turbocharged version. Buick will also offer a 1.8L DOHC inline 4-cylinder that makes a total of 138-hp. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode is standard in all models.

It is reported that we’ll get a Buick version of the Opel Astra on the stateside in 2011 as a 2012 model year.

Click through for more details in the press release.

2011 Buick Excelle XT (China):

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Press Release:

Shanghai GM Introduces Buick Excelle XT
Five-Door Coupé-Like Sedan Offers New Standard for Performance & Refinement

Shanghai ““ Shanghai GM introduced the new Buick Excelle XT five-door coupé-like sedan today at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The premium compact hatchback was designed, engineered and executed to set a new standard for performance and refinement in its class. It goes on sale across China in 2010.

“The Excelle XT is Buick”s first coupé-like sedan in China that is based on GM”s all-new front-wheel-drive compact vehicle architecture,” said Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group. “Developed as a collaborative effort by GM”s global team, the model was tailored for the domestic market by GM”s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) automotive engineering and design facility in Shanghai.”

“The Excelle XT carries the same self-confident air as its sibling, the popular Buick New Regal sedan,” said Shanghai GM Vice President Terry Johnsson. “When people see this car, they”ll notice its presence, stance and proportions. When they get inside, they”ll recognize its craftsmanship and attention to detail. And when they get behind the wheel, they”ll appreciate its responsiveness and excellent handling.”

The Excelle XT incorporates Buick”s new design language and sets a new visual standard for its class, both inside and out.

Stylish Exterior

Inspired by the Buick Riviera concept vehicle, the new Excelle XT”s assertive, self-confident exterior is enabled by dynamic lines combined with sophisticated sculptural surfaces. The overall execution clearly speaks to Buick”s new design language, yet provides an expression that is appropriate for the compact segment.

A strong cab-forward silhouette with a deeply raked windshield and falling rear roofline adds excitement to the hatchback format, while also improving ease and versatility of use. Artistry is further reflected in free-flowing forms, such as the prominent but softly styled shoulder line, while precision can be seen in the visual balance of the four-window side graphic.

With a bold new “face” and a hood line that culminates in narrow three-dimensional-effect headlamp units, the Excelle XT looks dynamic and purposeful without being aggressive or brash.

Roomy, Fashionable Interior

The free-flowing forms and contours exhibited on the outside are carried forward inside. The interior is clearly up to Buick”s premium standards, with crafted flowing lines, low-gloss surfaces, and premium appointments throughout.

A signature feature is the wraparound wing-shaped instrument panel that arcs into the top of the door mouldings. It embraces occupants, offering a warm and welcoming ambience.

Four interior trim levels provide a wide choice of decor. The base trim, for example, offers the choice of a red or blue finish for the instrument panel, door panels and seats. The center stack, outer air vents and door grab handles are finished in a piano-black lacquer or grey or matte chrome trim, adding upscale, precision quality to the interior.

The Excelle XT offers a host of innovations and technologies. They include a class-leading choice of infotainment and communication systems, including three audio packages and two on-board navigation systems; Bluetooth wireless connectivity and USB and personal device connectivity; a tire pressure monitoring system; dual-zone electronic climate control; heated front seats; and electronic parking assist.

The Excelle XT”s design and overall proportions maximize occupant space. The cab-forward windshield and raked center stack add to the roomy feeling. There are ample onboard storage facilities in front and back. The Excelle XT also has a separate under-floor stowage compartment. The three-level moveable Flex-Floor in the rear cargo area puts the deck height at bumper level for the easy loading and unloading of goods.

Choice of Efficient Powertrains

Excelle XT buyers have a choice of three lightweight powertrains that offer high specific power output, low fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions:

- A high-output 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers 135 kW, a specific power output of 84.4 kW per liter, and 235 Nm of torque between 1,980 and 5,400 rpm. The most powerful series production engine in its displacement class, it was developed for customers whose priority is sporty performance. Its Superboost function can briefly unleash up to 266 Nm of torque for quick and safe overtaking.

- A naturally aspirated 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engine with a two-stage variable intake manifold that delivers 116 horsepower (85 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 155 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

- A 1.8-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder gasoline engine with double continuous variable cam phasing (DCVCP) that delivers 138 horsepower (103 kW) at 6,300 rpm and 175 Nm of torque at 3,800 rpm.

A six-speed automatic transmission with sporty feature is standard in all models.

Excellent Ride and Handling

The Excelle XT has a fun-to-drive character with high levels of steering precision and ride comfort.

The chassis incorporates the proven McPherson strut layout in front. In back, Buick has applied a new suspension system for the Excelle XT ““ a compound crank rear axle with a Watts link. The result is greater wheel camber stiffness and compensation in body roll, with a constant track width in jounce. It also adds enhanced lateral stability for both improved handling and greater ride comfort.

The speed-sensitive rack and pinion steering system is electrically powered to save fuel. The electric motor is mounted on the steering rack rather than at the base of the steering column to give improved driver feel when turning the steering wheel. The Excelle XT is also equipped with the dual-circuit braking system, which features three brake disc combinations.

Advanced Safety and Security

With a maximum five-star NCAP safety rating anticipated, the Excelle XT”s body structure along with its restraint systems are designed to exceed crash safety standards around the world.

Its high structural integrity is reflected in its solid, on-the-road feel and the suppression of unwanted noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) inside the cabin.

The Guangzhou Auto Show is open to the public from November 24-30. Shanghai GM is showcasing 26 vehicles from Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac on its 3,000-square-meter stand.

Shanghai GM is a joint venture between GM and SAIC that was formed in June 1997. It operates vehicle and powertrain manufacturing facilities in Shanghai; Yantai, Shandong; and Shenyang, Liaoning. Shanghai GM builds, imports and sells a comprehensive range of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Saab products. In 2008, the joint venture sold domestically 445,709 vehicles. In the first 10 months of 2009, Shanghai GM sold domestically 548,708 vehicles.

- By: Omar Rana


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  • Neil

    So the Astra didn't work as a Saturn, because the no one at GM cared about Saturns

    Now they will sell it as a Buick, isn't the definition of insanity doing the same things over and over even when they don't work

  • GMfan87

    how is this the same thing? they're selling it under a different badge in a different country that adores buick. people didnt buy it here because it was a saturn. I have a friend who got an astra as his first car and he loves it. we'll see how it sells in china. i predict it will do well

  • Neil

    I was actually commenting on the reort that it will be offerred as a 2012 model here in the US

    And as we know from the likes of the G8 being a great car doesn't mena it will be a success for GM

  • Neil

    So the Astra didn't work as a Saturn, because the no one at GM cared about Saturns

    Now they will sell it as a Buick, isn't the definition of insanity doing the same things over and over even when they don't work

  • GMfan87

    how is this the same thing? they're selling it under a different badge in a different country that adores buick. people didnt buy it here because it was a saturn. I have a friend who got an astra as his first car and he loves it. we'll see how it sells in china. i predict it will do well

  • Neil

    I was actually commenting on the reort that it will be offerred as a 2012 model here in the US

    And as we know from the likes of the G8 being a great car doesn't mena it will be a success for GM

  • TheSmartOne

    We already have this car in the states…. It's a Saturn….

  • Justin

    Id buy it, bring it to Canada!

  • zacarious

    bring it

  • rorycarroll

    DO IT

  • JOONOO

    BRING TO CANADA

  • m2m

    Bring it on. It's nice.

  • wrp

    Buick's has to attract younger buyers, somehow. What does Buick (GM) have to lose?

  • joe dapper

    Dear Buick,

    My Father's Buick just died on him. 10 years old, well maintained. Some fuel regulator failed, washed out his bearings, seized up. Keep your stuff overseas.

  • Wingzeero88

    I know it's a new model of the Astra but the body lines still scream of the recent Saturn. If they dropped the badge engineering of the Vue to the Buick then they should do the same here. Especially if they're not going to bring the Turbo Ecotec's over. And why is GM so diligent in rebadging every other platform to Buick but the Solstice/Sky cars?

  • Greg

    Bring a wagon!! Make a car for home owners; people who have occassional need for the utilitity of larger cargo spaces to haul large dogs, or landscape materials or home repair materials. Hatch backs for kids, and people who live in city apartments….sorry buick, but you are very far from this demographic. Try to capture say, 40-60 year olds before you go to 18-35.

  • http://www.flickr.com/andrewwesleycarter Nerdsrock22

    Bring it!

  • Allen

    Bring back the Roadmaster Wagon with optional woodgrain exterior trim. Use the CTS Wagon platform, but make it look good. I want the Northstar V8 and RWD. I want all the noise canceling stuff and that smooth ride Buicks are known for. CAFE standards are killing off the good stuff. Everybody makes the same junk now. That car should only exist as a Mazda. I would never buy a Buick-Mazda. Never.

  • Adam

    Bring it over the the 1.6T instead of the crappy 1.8 in the Astra!

  • joe

    rebadged Saturn…if it didn't sell then, why on Earth do they think it'll sell now?

  • 2001 Buick owner

    Does Buick make any of their own cars or do they just re-brand.

  • Rmason

    Do it now. Send it over wrapped in a Regal Wagon.

  • drew

    Keep that Buick in China. The pictures just caused me to vomit in my mouth.

  • patmclaughlin

    Yummy Mazdaesque, for those who grow rich, but don't grow up…

    I prefer my 5-door to be a wagon though – something on the order of a CTS-V or a BMW wagon, not a posh Mommobile though! Gimme a GS Wagon, and give it to me NOW!

  • Doug

    shoots and ladders sounds great to me

  • ksmith

    Heck yeah, bring it. WOW, is that really a buick? very nice.

  • Yeoman

    No. Thank you, but no.

  • Nixapatfan

    Nice but I'd only want it if it's available in OPC form with an LNF and maybe AWD, but seeing how the Regal GS will be priced this will be in the same range as a Golf GTI = overpriced for anything other than the base model.

  • Eris1981

    I like it and it will fit my needs as my wife and I prepare to have kids in the next year. However with employers paying less (even with my college degree) It likely will be priced past what us younger family makers can afford. Most of these new cars are now MSRPing at half the value of my house!

    I liked the G8 and the thought of a G8 Wagon a LOT, but it was an outstanding car that GM killed off. They could have kept Pontiac badging and sold it through a Chevy dealer, the tooling was done and they owned the name. In a lot of ways I have lost hope of buying a nice family car that is not an appliance because it handles well and is actually FUN to drive.