With the recent launch of the LaCrosse and Regal, it's clear that the big, floaty Buick sedan is a thing of the past. However, the debut of the Opel GTC at the upcoming Paris Motor Show begs the question; will we soon see a Buick hot-hatch to take on the Volkswagen GTI? The GTC is a stylish, three-door hatchback version of the latest-generation Astra compact that debuted last year. Buick has already confirmed that it will introduce a four-door sedan version of the Astra in the U.S. market (which may or may not be called the Verano).
As usual, Buick doesn't like to talk about unannounced products, but we can't help but wonder how a three-door like this with a waterfall grille can succeed in America? Imagine a base version with the 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four from the Cruze and a performance variant with the 220 horsepower, 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo from the Regal. That latter engine is what Opel has installed in the show-car, along with an automatic start-stop system and six-speed manual gearbox. We'd drive one.