Buick Adds "Volume" Model; New Convertible, LaCrosse, and Verano to Follow
Buick has had a relatively quiet 2014 model year, but the brand is about to undergo major updates in the near future. The automaker is getting ready to launch a few new models, including a new volume model positioned between the Encore and Enclave. For the 2016 model year, Buick will also be showing off the next-generation LaCrosse sedan, along with a redesigned Verano for the 2017 model year. But General Motors isn't stopping there. There may be plans to introduce the Opel Cascada convertible currently on sale in Europe to the U.S. market under the Buick brand. However, we aren't likely to see this model until 2016. Taking a look at Buick's entire lineup for the next three model years, we will see the four new models mentioned above, along with a mid-2017 redesign of the Regal sedan and refreshed Encore for 2016 before its redesign in 2018. However, there are also plans to bring the Envision to both China and the U.S., and we may see it as a 2016 model. We don't know if it will hold the same name here, but we do know it will feature a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter turbo engine currently seen in the Chevy Malibu and Buick Regal. Even the Enclave is getting a redesign for the 2016 model year, its first since its launch. It will be based on a new, lighter platform that will underpin other models under the GM name. Expect to see a downsized engine and the new nine-speed transmission. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
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