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Buick Plots New Minicar, Compact Crossover for U.S.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/21/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Buick sales were down 6 percent through the first half of the year, but fortunately, General Motors is planning a slew of new models to keep the brand fresh. According to Automotive News, Buick will update its current models over the next few years, and will introduce brand new products including a convertible, compact crossover, and possible new minicar.

A revamped Verano will arrive in the second half of 2016 as a 2017 model-year vehicle. The new Verano will likely include a 1.4-liter or 1.5-liter turbo engine on the base model, instead of the current 2.4-liter unit. A new version of the 2.0-liter turbo engine will be offered for the next generation. Also arriving next year is a redesigned LaCrosse that will shed 300 pounds and share a platform with the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.

Meanwhile, a redesigned version of Buick's middle-child Regal sedan begins production in 2017, and will likely downsize its current 2.4-liter base engine to the smaller 1.5-liter turbo unit from the new Malibu. General Motors may even bring a Regal wagon our way, and a diesel powertrain is also a likely option for the U.S. market. Like all three of Buick's sedans, the Regal is expected to grow in size.

Crossovers remain a huge part of Buick's brand portfolio, as they are by far the brand's best-selling products this year. A new-generation Enclave is scheduled for mid-2017, or a decade after the model first debuted. It will likely receive an updated version of its 3.6-liter engine, and will be built on a lighter platform that will also accommodate the Chevrolet Traverse. When it comes to the much-smaller Encore, that model won't see a redesign until 2019, when it could receive a 2.0-liter turbo option.

Buick Plots New Minicar, Compact Crossover for U.S.

Along with Buick's existing product portfolio, a number of brand new models are coming. The Cascada convertible, made in Poland, will start arriving at U.S. dealerships sometime in the first quarter. The Buick Envision compact crossover, slotting above the Encore, is coming to the U.S. next year as well. Meanwhile, a Buick minicar is a strong possibility and could arrive in 2018 or later. If it comes our way, it will essentially be a rebadged version of the Opel Adam, as has been speculated for some time.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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