Following the recent unveiling of the updated Buick Verano sedan, Buick’s China arm has released a lone teaser image of the hatchback variant ahead of its formal debut.
The lone teaser image appears to show that this new Buick will follow the trend of recent offerings and be essentially a rebadged Opel model. In this case, it is based off of the recently unveiled Opel Astra and hopes to mirror that model’s strong sales when it eventually lands in Chinese dealer lots. The rear styling doesn’t differ too much from the Opel version which means the slick tailights, blacked our C-pillars, and the roof mounted spoiler are carried over virtually intact. This is actually a good thing since we here at Autoinfoquest are big fans of the Astra’s new suit of clothes. Shots of the front fascia were not released, but look for it to be a mirror image of the Verano sedan’s schnoz.
Performance for the Verano hatchback will come from a pair of four cylinder engines with the base model featuring a naturally aspirated 1.5 liter engine. Buyers that choose the more performance oriented GS model will be pleased with the turbocharged version of the 1.5 liter which makes a commendable 166 horsepower with front-wheel drive standard fare across the board. The transmission choices however will vary depending on model with lower trims featuring either a standard six speed manual gearbox or an optional six speed automatic. GS versions will come equipped with a seven speed dual clutch transmission but we lament the lack of a stick especially in a performance oriented hatchback.
As for the U.S, our version of the all new Verano will make it’s debut either at the Los Angeles Auto Show, or early next year in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. The next generation Verano will share GM’s all new D2XX platform with the recently unveiled Chevrolet Cruze, Volt, as well as the fore-mentioned Astra. In the case of the Verano, it is expected to help it be lighter and more agile than the current model.
This would be especially true for Turbo variants like the one i personally own where the lighter platform can help improve acceleration and handling behavior, while making it more fun to drive at the same time. We also wish that the GS hatchback would arrive in the U.S. since it would be a compelling contender to the GTI, and give the brand a clear rival to both the fore-mentioned hatchback, as well as its sedan sibling the Jetta GLI with the GS sedan.