The second generation 2017 Buick Verano has been spied completely undisguised on the streets of Chicago, courtesy of Twitter user Kevin Putz.
This is the first time that the all-new model has been spotted completely uncamouflaged in the U.S, since it was first unveiled at the 2015 Auto Shanghai in April for China. The Chevrolet Cruze’s premium sibling was due for launch in the U.S. this year, but has been pushed to next year according to recent reports.
Like with the Cruze, it’s unclear if the U.S spec Verano will look different compared to its Chinese cousin, but the test mule seen here is of a Chinese model.
Based on the GM’s D2XX platform that also underpins the new Chevrolet Cruze, the Verano was introduced in China with a 1.5 SIDI four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 124 kW (166 hp) and 250 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a new-generation seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
The second generation Buick Verano can be expected to make its debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show next January. The first generation model also debuted at the same location in January 2011, and went on sale in the fourth quarter during the same year as a 2012 model. If it were to follow the footsteps of its predecessor, the all-new model should go on sale in the second half of 2016 as a MY2017 model.
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