Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Initially presented as rebadged Daewoo Lacetti, the Excelle got a broad facelift in 2009, discarding the obsolete appearance of its Korean predecessor. The GT was dispatched after a year, going before the U.S.-spec Verano that touched base for the 2012 model year. Following five fruitful years and an extraordinary 2014, amid which it ruled China's minimal car advertise, the Excelle got a complete makeover all around, and additionally a couple of new four-barrel motors. 

In spite of the fact that the Excelle stays a China-selective model after this overhaul, its dispatch is of extraordinary significance to auto fans here in the U.S., as it gives us our best look yet at the cutting edge Verano. Set to get its first overhaul following its presentation in 2011, the Verano ought to copy the Excelle GT in many perspectives with the exception of the drivertrain compartment, where enormous.The exterior has been redesigned front to rear, and it now includes fresh fascias and a reshaped profile. The new front fascia brings together a refreshed waterfall grille, all-new headlamps with LED accents and a revised apron with a single air dam. The rear is brand-new as well, now sporting a pair of modern and attractive taillights, a sculpted trunk lid and a sportier bumper. 

From the sides, the new Excelle showcases a more pronounced waistline, new side skirts, body-colored door handles, and a slightly revised greenhouse area. The side mirrors and the wheels are new as well.Everything considered, the new car speaks to a noteworthy change contrasted with its forerunner, and I suspect the updated shell indications at the cutting edge, U.S.-spec Verano, which is relied upon to break cover at some point in 2016 for the 2017 model year.                                                                                                                                                                         
The interior of the 2015 Excelle is new as well, boasting a redesigned dashboard, revised seats and an updated steering wheel. Although it features the same wrap-around configuration as its predecessor, the dashboard now includes a modern instrument panel, an updated IntelliLink infotainment system, reshaped A/C vents and a less-cluttered center stack. There’s also more chrome trim and fewer  wood inserts. Overall, the Excelle’s new cabin feels cleaner and roomier, something customers looking for an affordable, entry-level premium sedan.

As with the exterior, I expect these redesigned features to find their way into the next-generation Buick Verano as well.Besides a revised exterior and cabin, the Excelle also gained a pair of new powertrains. The base model is now motivated by a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder rated at 113 horsepower, which replaces the previous 114-horse, 1.6-liter four-banger. The second mill is a turbocharged, 1.4-liter inline-four that cranks out 140 horses, and replaces the larger 1.8-liter four-pot with 138. The 1.6-liter turbo-four packing 180 horsepower is no longer available for the Excelle.

Also new is an optional, seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox available for the first time on the Excelle. The unit can only be had with the 1.4-liter Ecotec, while the less-powerful 1.5-liter comes mated to a revised version of the six-speed manual offered on the previous model. There’s no word on performance yet, but don’t expect the new Excelle to break the sound barrier.

A stop-start feature is now offered standard on both models and Buick claims it will enable the Excelle GT to return segment-leading fuel economy. Unfortunately, that claim can’t be verified with no actual figures provided.

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