The new Opel Astra has been transformed into a Buick for sale in China, and with any luck we’ll see the car in the United States. Buick’s version of the Astra, which made its debut today at the 2015 Guangzhou Auto Show, is called the Verano Hatchback, and in addition to a new name the car received Buick’s signature waterfall grille. A sporty range-topper known as the Verano GS also forms part of the lineup.
Both the Verano Hatchback and Verano GS incorporate General Motors Company’s [NYSE:GM] new Ecotec gasoline engines. The Verano Hatchback gets a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with 116 horsepower, while the Verano GS gets a turbocharged version of this engine good for 166 hp. The Verano GS is clearly the quicker of the two and requires 8.8 seconds to reach 60 mph.
The cars are aimed at younger buyers looking for sporty styling along with Euro-style handling and advanced technology in the cabin. Buyers after a more traditional Buick will be able to stick with the Verano sedan, the latest version of which was revealed in China earlier in the year. It’s due in the U.S. next fall, as a 2017 model.
Buick isn’t willing to confirm whether we’ll see the new Opel Astra in the the U.S., though there are reports some Astra variants may make it to local showrooms. Possibilities include the hatch as well as the Sports Tourer wagon and yet-to-be-revealed GTC coupe. If the car does come here, expect it to be badged a Buick in similar fashion to the Chinese-market Verano Hatchback.
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