Buick Excelle GT Lineup Expanded in China
General Motors has experienced a great deal of success with the Buick Excelle GT. The nameplate is unfamiliar to most American drivers, due to the fact that it is only sold in China. The compact sedan has become one of GM’s best-selling vehicles in China, and its success has led to the announcement of a new Buick Excelle GT lineup expansion.
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The Excelle GT lineup expands
The reasons behind this Excelle GT lineup expansion are easy to understand. With GM’s global sales limited to only North America and Asia, focusing on growing popular brands is a smart move. “Buick is once again addressing our customers’ evolving needs by growing the lineup of one of our most popular models,” Executive Director of Buick Sales and Marketing at SAIC-GM, Molly Peck, said in a recent press release. “With the new Excelle GT Legacy models, Buick is offering a wider range of powertrain solutions to those looking for a stylish and affordable sedan.”
To that end, the 2020 model year will see a new mid-level Excelle GT trim added to the lineup. This trim has been given the name of “Legacy.”
In terms of appearance, the new Buick Excelle GT Legacy looks much the same as the updated Excelle GT from 2017. The same cannot be said for its technology and performance. The Legacy will feature Buick’s eConnect technology, which includes cloud-based voice activation, facial recognition, and OnStar full-time online assistance. Under the hood, a new 1.5-liter Ecotec engine features a six-speed automatic transmission and generates 111 horsepower and 104 lb-ft of torque. These specifications meet China’s latest 6B emissions standards, and make the car an appealing choice for Chinese drivers.
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The 2020 Buick Excelle GT Legacy is currently available for sale on the Chinese market, and it will likely remain exclusive to the country in the future.
Daniel DiManna hails from little Sylvania, Ohio. A graduate of Lourdes University with a degree in Fine Arts (which has thus far proven about as useful as a wet paper towel), Daniel’s hobbies/passions include film history, reading, fiction/non-fiction writing, sculpting, gaining weight, and adding more toys, posters, books, model kits, DVD’s, screen-used props, and other ephemera to his already shamefully monumental collection of Godzilla/movie monster memorabilia. His life goals include a return trip to Japan, getting a podcast off the ground, finishing his novel, and yes, buying even more monster toys. See more articles by Daniel.