Are You Buick's Opel Astra from China? Verano GS Leaked

Even though it looks like a photoshopped version of the Opel Astra hatchback with different badges, we actually think this is the real Buick Verano GS, leaked before the official debut at the 2015 Guangzhou Auto Show.
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The Verano sedan has already been revealed this summer, even though the Europeans have not yet gazed at the next Astra sedan. Meanwhile, this hatchback version is an exact copy of the Astra K but fitted with a slightly different front bumper.

Despite the fact that it hasn't yet been officially revealed, we know quite a bit about the China-made hatch, starting with the engine. We're talking about a recently introduced 1.5-liter SIDI turbo developed by the SAIC-GM joint venture.

This unit delivers a maximum output of 169 PS at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 250 Nm at 1,700-4,400 rpm. This gives the vehicle the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds and segment-leading combined fuel consumption of around 6.1 l/100 km. At least that's what the Chinese tell us.

All we know is that, while the exterior shots aren't 100% official, the ones we have of the cabin are the real deal. They were shown last week and suggested Buick had a xerox machine somewhere. Everything is identical to the Astra, right down to the 4.2-inch driver information center and the Apple CarPlay compatibility.

"The Verano GS has a stylish basic black interior that accentuates its dynamism. It is complemented by red accents, such as a strip across the center console, exquisite red stitching and Flame Red ambient lighting. Boosting its sportiness are a multi-function steering wheel with a paddle shifter, Alcantara sports car-like seats, and carbon fiber-pattern trim on the center console and seats," the official press release reads. All we know is that it looks like it's made by the Germans, which isn't a bad thing.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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