• Apr 7, 2010
What is purported to be a new GT version of the Buick Excelle has been spotted out and about in China. The Excelle, you may recall, is a four door version of the Opel Astra. Buick has already said that the car will be coming to North America at some point, although we don't know exactly when or what badge it will wear. The current top engine in the Excelle XT is a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four that pumps out 184 horsepower.
The new Excelle GT may be getting the 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo from the mid-sized Regal in 220-hp trim which would make the compact sedan quite the little stormer. Now, if Buick sell this one here and Ford puts the 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the upcoming Mercury compact, we could have quite the battle of lower-premium small cars in America.

The Excelle GT make get a public announcement at the Beijing Motor Show later this month. A tip of the hat to Hanif!

[Source: China Car Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I cant wait to see Ford and GM duking it out in the compact luxo car categories with some 2.0 turbo fun! Even if Buick comes with the 1.6 putting out 184hp that will still be one sweet car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM has to do this to keep the Asian sales skyrocketing, but it really is sad that the US market is now treated as 3rd world status AFA releases. Every Buick seems to start off-continent, and the 'most important model' (Cruze) has nearly a 2-yr start elsewhere.

      That gripe over, the Excelle sounds fun.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully when it comes stateside it will carry a different model name than "Excelle." Excelle is just too close to Hyundai's darker-days "Excel."
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking the exact same thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Them chinese like their chrome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chinese chrome is better than the American fascination with adding faux landau covers to hardtop sedans.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure American Buicks have just as much chrome these days. Especially in a non-silver color the rear end of the Lacrosse has a ton of chrome that stands out. Personally I think it's a bit much but it's definitely not just limited to Chinese buicks and far as I know other Chinese cars aren't known for their chrome.
        I do wish that GM would stop overkilling the chrome on the wheels though...kinda prefer the sporty look that high end european and japanese wheels tend to go for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        funny I don't see you saying that about American cars? biased much? or just blind? or dumb?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't care what you say, it's a BUICK. I'll go buy a used Mazdaspeed3 and blow the doors off this Buick. And exactly when did 220hp become fun and exciting? Are we still living in the late '90's? Pontiac's Grand Prix GTP's put out 240hp starting in 1997. Besides I'm sure GM will pork up this baby so that it's just average when it comes to the 0-60 times.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will be the new Buick Velite, codenamed Verano. GM has gotten some bad reaction to the name Verano, so Velite is now a leading contender for the name
        • 4 Years Ago
        Velite isn't a bad name for a small car. I'm OK with it.

        Verano sounds like houseware, dinner plates.
      • 4 Years Ago
      220 HP in a compact car like this would be very cool - not meant to be a sportscar by any stretch of the imagination, but might be one of the most "sporty" cars Buick has made in decades.

      When this car finally gets here it's going to (hopefully) give Buick a nice boost and attract the younger buyers it needs so badly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        The WRX used to have 230HP and people couldn't say enough good stuff about it.

        220HP is a ton of power, especially if it's wide-power band turbocharged power.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Wiggy: No kidding. Mustang "Cobra II" Epic FTW!
        • 4 Years Ago
        There is no doubt that years past 200HP was considered a ton of power, but then again, you can get a Honda Accord family sedan with almost 300 HP now. The Horsepower Wars a few years ago really slanted people's perspective as to what constitutes "decent power".
      • 4 Years Ago
      When will the new Mercury Tracer be shown 2011 isn't far away. You would think there would be some spy shots by now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They could call it the Apollo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This looks like a rebadged Malibu
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was thinking Cruze.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The fact that neither of those cars look anything alike shows that you're both nuts.

        It looks like a Buick. The Malibu wishes it looked this good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pfft, those big oddly placed slabs of chrome sure do look good above the tails, uh huh. And, the front end is very Malibuesque...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The LaCrosse piqued my interest in the new Buick. The Regal with a 6 speed manual really got my attention. A Regal wagon with a 6 speed manual would be awesome. Bringing this to North America is something I'm not so sure about, but I hope GM does bring it over as a baby Buick. I'm curious if a plush, quasi-sporty Buick Astra would attract an audience, especially since there isn't a Cruze hatckback yet.

      A smaller car should offer a hatchback option in my opinion. Just makes a small car so much more functional.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't care what they call it.

      Give it the 220hp motor with mechanical LSD and sport suspension and I'll be at the dealer tomorrow.
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