The classic Excelle has returned to Buick’s China lineup featuring the brand’s latest styling, a new powertrain, and a broad range of safety and connectivity technologies.
The Buick Excelle has been among the most popular family sedans in China, with nearly 2.7 million sold since introduction in late 2003.
The wheelbase of the new-generation Excelle has been extended 11 mm to 2,611 mm resulting in an additional 24 mm of headroom in front and an additional 28 mm of knee room in back compared to the earlier model. In addition, trunk volume has increased to 491 liters, and there are more than 20 areas for storage.
The new-generation Excelle adopts Buick’s new dynamic exterior styling, with a wing-shaped grille that extends to its headlamps. The interior incorporates Buick’s 360-degree integrated design. The built-in 4.2-inch full-color LCD instrument panel complements the 7-inch center color touchscreen. The relaxing seats are covered in exquisite suede fabrics.
The Excelle is equipped with a new 1.3L Ecotec engine generating maximum power of 79 kW and maximum torque of 133 Nm. Its power per litre is 2.7 kW/L higher than the 1.5L engine in the previous Excelle.
Matching the engine is an efficient Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The new-generation Excelle is also equipped with the intelligent start/stop system, which improves fuel economy by 30% compared to its predecessor to 4.6 liters/100 km.
The new-generation Excelle comes standard with an array of advanced technologies that include Electric Power Steering (EPS), six air bags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Straight-Line Stability Control (SLSC), reverse radar and ISOFIX locks for child safety seats.
To meet the demand of younger buyers for enhanced connectivity, the Excelle has introduced OnStar’s 10th-generation full-time online assistant as standard. It features an in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. It also provides users with 22 functions and four value-added services, such as Emergency Service, Stolen Vehicle Location, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Vehicle Diagnostics and a mobile app. Customers enjoy five years of free basic OnStar service.
In addition, the new-generation Excelle adopts Buick’s eConnect technology that supports Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife.