Releasing a single teaser image, GM announced the 2016 Buick Verano Hatchback and 2016 Buick Verano GS based on the fourth generation 2016 Opel/Vauxhall Astra for China last week. But before the car gets officially revealed, its design, features and technical specifications have been leaked by Chinese sites.
The all-new Buick Verano Hatchback is identical to the all-new Opel/Vauxhall Astra hatchback, save for a few changes like the typical Buick upper grille with vertical slats and tweaked headlamps. Fog lamps aren’t seen either, but that could be trim level-specific. It will be powered by an 87 kW (117 hp) 1.5-litre SIDI naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that will be matched to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSS automatic gearbox, and fuel economy is rated 15.87 km/l.
The 2016 Buick Verano GS is apparently the same car that was spotted testing with German number plates in July and rumoured to be the Opel/Vauxhall Astra GSi.
The GSi variant features LED daytime running lights, tweaked front bumper with a chrome and red grille strip on the lower grille, sportier alloy wheels, chrome window outlining, chrome garnish on door handles, red brake callipers, LED tail lamps, ‘GS’ lettering in red colour on the tailgate and tweaked rear bumper featuring vertical reflectors and inverse shaping for the number plate section. Shark fin antenna will be available optionally.
The 2016 Buick Verano GS will sport a 124 kW (166 hp) 1.5-litre T SIDI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that will be mated to a 7-speed DCG dual-clutch transmission. Fuel economy is rated 16.95 km/l, which is surprisingly higher than the standard variant, thanks to turbocharging.
Both the 2016 Buick Verano Hatchback and 2016 Buick Verano GS are expected to be unveiled at 2015 Auto Guangzhou next month.
[Source 1: auto.tom.com]
[Source 2: auto.sohu.com]