Buick has some new models up their sleeve, one of which is a first-ever for the Trident-badge of General Motors.
For the first ever since the era of Malaise, Buick will be launching a new hatchback based off of the Verano, called the Verano Hatchback. They’ll also be revealing a performance variant to the Verano called the Verano GS, both of which are destined for the Chinese market only, so far.
Not much in the way of details were released, but judging by the teaser, it’s a rebadged Opel Astra hatch and the Verano to begin with is based off of the Opel Astra.
Power is said to be provided by a 1.5L SIDI four-banger with the choice of either a six-speed automatic of manual.
The Verano GS on the other hand is expected to follow the way of its larger brethren, the Regal GS, meaning this is expected to be a performance oriented version of the Verano. That too should get the same 1.5L mill as the hatchback, but with more power, around 166hp to be exact. It’ll be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch DCG automatic. Expect a sportier bodykit and exterior, with sport-tuned suspension, larger five-spoke wheels, red-painted brake calipers, and more.
There weren’t any details as to whether or not Buick will import these models in to the US market. But given how they like to slightly reengineer and rebadge Opels for our shores under the Buick brand, such as the Regal being an Opel Insignia, and the new Buick Cascada being an Opel Cascada, it’s reasonable to see a chance for these new Verano models showing up in North America. Let us also not forget, their midsize Buick Envision crossover first started life in China, and it’s bound to be introduced here in the near future.
Buick Verano Hatchback and Verano GS Coming This Year
Born with sportiness and European car-like handling
SHANGHAI – Two new Buick hatchbacks, the Verano Hatchback and Verano GS, are coming this year. The additions to the Verano family are built on the same mid-range global passenger car platform as the new Opel Astra.
The new Verano models have trendy, sporty styling along with European car-like handling, premium interiors and advanced technology. They are targeted at trend-setting consumers who are looking for a driving experience that is “born with sportiness.”
The hatchbacks feature Buick’s innovative low-slung, wide stance along with a double-sweep beltline, flowing bodylines, a floating roofline and a front grille that is seamlessly connected to wing-shaped headlights.
The Verano GS has additional stylish yet sporty elements and a wide range of colors. Its optional interior and exterior packages include a black waterfall grille, aerodynamic spoilers, bright red strips for the front and rear bumpers, bright red brake calipers and dark-painted five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels – all of which ignite a passion for driving.
Both models incorporate GM’s new Ecotec small engines, which combine powerful performance with exceptional fuel economy. The Verano Hatchback pairs a 1.5L SIDI naturally aspirated engine with a six-speed intelligent manual transmission or six-speed DSS intelligent automatic transmission. The Verano GS has a 1.5T SIDI turbocharged engine, which is accompanied by a seven-speed DCG intelligent transmission. The powertrain combination produces maximum output of 124 kW/5,600 rpm, with fuel consumption of only 5.9 L/100 km.
The new Verano family members are built on a firm chassis. They offer European car-like handling thanks to testing and tuning at Germany’s famed Nürburgring circuit.
SAIC-GM launched the Buick Verano new-generation sports sedan on June 27. The Verano Hatchback and Verano GS will strengthen Buick’s presence in China’s premium mid-range passenger car segment, offering consumers a greater range of products to choose from to meet their needs.
– By: Chris Chin