General Motors may have abandoned Europe almost entirely after selling Opel and Vauxhall to PSA, but they’re in turn looking for further expansion into China, particularly through the Buick brand.
The automaker has now expanded its presence locally with the arrival of the new mid-size GL6 multi-purpose vehicle, a minivan worthy of Chinese families that’s based on the latest generation Opel Zafira Tourer. The six-passenger GL6 offers three rows with two seats each, in a bid to offer improved space for third row occupants with as much leg room as those up front thanks to the adoption of a longer wheelbase and of independently adjustable seats. The GL6 comes with all the modern tech one can ask for – Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife, cloud-based speech recognition for real-time navigation, and even a panoramic sunroof. Motivation comes from a 1.0-liter Ecotec with 123 horsepower as well as a 1.3-liter engine with 161 hp.
Along with the MPV, the Chinese customers can also opt for the new Excelle GX station wagon, complete with seating for five and 45 cubic feet of cargo space. The Excelle GX features the proprietary wing-shaped LED headlights and taillights, a wheelbase of 2,640 mm and a roomy back row – the trunk volume can reach up to 1,281 liters. The Excelle GX is also joined by the 2018 Excelle GT and both share the 1.0 and 1.3 turbo engines with the GL6 minivan.