Saturday, May 4, 2019

Buick Verano Facelift Spied For The First Time In Michigan...

Buick Verano Facelift Spied For The First Time In Michigan...

Remember the  Buick Verano? People outside the U.S., although best known for the Opel nameplate, might be able to do so except in China, where the compact sedan retains its Buick identity. General Motors transferred the Summer to the United States after the model year 2017, but our spies in the Detroit area captured this prototype, which dressed up as a troll at the automaker's huge test site in Milford. For the record, this is the first time we've seen a vehicle like this, and frankly, we're a little surprised.

How do we know if it's the next Summer? Even with a camouflage cover, the double lines of the Summer body can't be hidden on the side, especially at the side wall level, where the fold extends backward to connect the taillights. The side mirrors harmonize perfectly with the current version, and there's no doubt about the unmistakable finish of the Buick Volant V grille found on the brand's other current models. This prototype tries to hide its badge from the public, but with all the evidence - not to mention the GM environment in which it was found - there is no doubt that we have seen the new Summer.

Speaking of which, this car has just had a small facelift, which is one of the reasons why we are surprised to see a fully packaged prototype. It seems that this new version has a new front bumper with wider ventilation grilles, similar to those of the Buick shelving. The headlights also look smaller - another feature that brings the Summer closer to its older brother. Changes in the rear are less noticeable, but new taillights are available. The bottom of the rear bumper seems to put a little more weight on the trapezoidal exhaust exits.

We haven't heard anything about possible changes to the interior or powertrain. It currently offers buyers the choice between a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 2.0-liter engine that only rotates the front wheels. With this prototype, which appears to offer a new facelift rather than a completely new model, we expect changes in the greenhouse and powertrain to be limited.

A more important question for U.S. buyers is whether this observation from Detroit suggests that the compact sedan could return to the U.S. market. As automakers invest resources in SUVs and crossovers, Summer is unlikely to experience a renaissance, but we've learned never to say it. As for the Chinese market, it's likely to be a car that comes on the market next year, perhaps as a 2021 model.

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