Have you heard for the Buick Excelle GT? Well, of course not, because it’s available in China only. However, if you look the prototype more closely, you will recognize some pretty familiar details from Verano. In addition, these two also share the same Delta II platform, so you get the idea what’s the Excelle GT?
Anyway, the compact luxury sedan was introduced in 2015, so the carmaker decided it’s the right moment for the mid-cycle facelift. Judging by the spy shots, the 2018 Buick Excelle GT will feature refreshed face with a redesigned grille and a new headlight design with LED daytime running lamps. Around back, the carmaker will likely add a pair of restyled taillights and nothing else. Of course, since it is a mid-cycle update, the carmaker won’t skip the chance to freshen up the exterior with a few new paints. Inside, the 2018 Excelle GT will stay almost unchanged. Buick may come up with an updated infotainment system or new upholstery, but everything else will stay as it’s now.
Under the hood, the compact luxury sedan will definitely get a new engine. The existing options will stay, but the topper with feature a new 2.0-liter turbo engine, the same one as the all-new Regal. The amazing engine delivers 259 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of twist, which powers all four wheels via the 6-speed automatic transmission. As for the base 2018 Buick Excelle GT, it’s going to use a poor and slow 1.5-liter engine that delivers 113 horsepower. On the other hand, the mid-ranged model will be powered by a 1.4-liter turbo, which is a quite decent option. In contrast to other two, the 1.4-liter mill comes in pair with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission only.
The prototype you are looking at is spied in Europe, so there is a slight possibility of seeing the refreshed 2018 Buick Excelle GT in showrooms at the Old Continent.