Buick Verano GS Hatchback Spied Testing in the US

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Buick might be bringing a hot hatch to the U.S. after all.

The Buick Verano hatchback and GS models debuted late last year at the Guangzhou Motor Show in China, and at the time, there was no indication that they would be heading to the U.S. anytime soon.

But now spy photographers have caught the GS five-door hatchback testing at General Motors’ Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan, suggesting that the automaker could be bringing it stateside. The Verano GS is essentially a rebadged Opel Astra, but featuring Buick’s front end, waterfall grille and badging.

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The American automaker has said that the second-generation Verano sedan has been axed from its product plans in the U.S., so it’s a strong possibility it is considering bringing the hatchback over so that the Verano nameplate can live on.

This is the first time spy photographers have caught the Verano GS hatchback testing in North America, so keep a close eye to see if it makes another appearance.

Discuss this story on our Buick Verano Forum

  • ma7mgte

    I want one. Question now , is this the Chinese Buick Excelle version or the European Astra based version?

  • pedrocastimas

    drove one as a rental, and was impressed with the ride, quiet and layout. tough market segment, but hate to see the badge disappear, so maybe this new version will show up here. it’s a major upgrade from the Chevy Cruze shared platform. also rented a chrysler 200 and it’s junk, so that’s a deserved death.

  • nauticalone

    Looks good!

  • Raymond Ramírez

    It looks like the Chevy Bolt!!

  • coopctn@hotmail.com

    American branded hatchbacks have not fared well because of the paranoia about cargo safety in an unlocked, visible space, and a perception of historical cheapness from the first Vegas and Pintos.
    Import buyers like what the rest of the world does. May Buick finally be successful with theirs.

  • Harry_Wild

    Hopefully there is a “hot” performance engine in this Buick maybe from Corvette say neighborhood of 500 hp inside! That would be perfect buy for me!