2018 Buick Verano Become Chinese Model Only
The unpopular Buick Verano, which is actually a slightly redesigned Opel Astra, is dropped from sale in the United States back to the end of 2016. This was made due to low demand for sedans. Buick makes a huge sale increase thanks to the SUV lineup, so they decided to optimize model line. Now the model lineup of Buick has only recently debuted Regal hatchback.
The Chinese version of Verano has built on the same platform as Chevrolet Cruze - GM's D2XX. It has a longer body, more lightweight design, and what is more important come in two body styles - sedan and hatchback. It also has Verano GS, based on Opel Astra OPC hatchback.
The exterior has a nice styling, very similar to current generation Cruze and Astra K from Vauxhall/Opel. We couldn't name it too luxurious, but there is everything Asian buyers love - lots of chrome, big rims, and what is more important - enlarged wheelbase.
That's the main reasons why we love Buicks - it may look controversial, but the interior is good-looking, premium quality and has everything you need. The same story with Verano. Despite the overall front panel is the twin brother of the one used in Opel Astra, the upholstery quality, trimming looks and feels astonishing, and way better than in Chevy Cruze, for instance.
The powertrain range is not wide - the choice between naturally-aspirated or turbocharged unit, with the displacement of 1.5 liters and 4 cylinders. It produces 116 (N/A) or 166 HP (turbo). The least powerful unit equipped with 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox, while the turbocharged unit mated with 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox exclusively. Not so much for the US, but enough for China.
Trim Levels and Pricing
The trim levels for 2018 Buick Verano in China includes 8 variations, starting with 1.5L 6MT called Progress to 1.5T 7DCT called Flagship. The price range between 136-200 thousand yuan, the equivalent to $20,700-30,350. This is slightly higher than US-made Cruze by Chevrolet.
Standard car comes with alloy rims, DLRs, fog lights, power mirrors with heating, power sunroof, rain sensors, all-power windows and locks, 6-speaker audio with USB and AUX, air conditioner, rear parking sensors and 6 airbags.
The Flagship trim features bigger rims (17-inch instead of 16"), auto headlights, auto-dimmed rearview mirrors, panoramic power sunroof, adaptive cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather seats with heating, power adjustments, leather upholstery; advanced multimedia with Bluetooth and navigation, climate control, front parking sensors, rear-view camera and a bunch of advanced safety systems.
Could 2018 Buick Verano Come Back to the US?
Almost certainly, we won't get Verano in the US-market, the reasons are the low popularity of premium compact cars, inability to produce it in the United States, GM doesn't own Opel anymore - but most Buick models have Opel-related parts. So, if you need a compact premium car and you are the fan of GM, it is better to buy a top-range Chevy Cruze instead.