The American brand that counts on China as its biggest worldwide market has recently staged the reveal of the new Verano Hatchback and Verano GS at the Guangzhou automotive show.

The two cars have been using as a template the European Opel Astra and thus strike the familiar chord when looking at them – save for the adoption of the waterfall grille and Buick badging. The Verano GS is a little more interesting, coming complete with a new dynamic body kit, red trimming and 17-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels with a dark-painted finish. As far as the interior is concerned, interested buyers will get a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, ambient lighting, as well as the latest iteration of the IntelliLink infotainment system using an 8-inch screen and complete with Apple CarPlay functionality. When discussing the Verano GS we also see Alcantara sports seats, red contrast stitching, as well as Flame Red ambient lighting. You might want to reserve judgment on the aux carbon fiber trim or the red dashboard strip to a later date though.

The Verano hatch comes equipped under the hood with a 1.5-liter SIDI powerplant churning out 16 bhp (87 kW) and 107 lb-ft (146 Nm) of torque and mated exclusively to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Verano GS makes use of the same turbocharged 1.5-liter SIDI engine but this time around comes with 166 bhp (124 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque and has been linked to seven-speed dual-clutch transmission making it possible to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.8 seconds. Chinese pricing starts at 145,900 RMB.


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