Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

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    Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But It’s Not A Cruze
    Buick to get sexy new hatch, by way of Europe.
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    June 28, 2011
    By: Nick Saporito


    Late last week rumors surfaced (for the second time in a year) that Chevrolet is prepping a coupe variant of the new Cruze compact sedan. While we hate to be the bearers of bad news, we can confidently say that there is no Cruze Coupe in the product plans. There is, however, a two-door (err...three?) GM compact car in the plans for North America.

    As other mainstream outlets have reported, Buick is currently slated to receive the Opel Astra GTC. The GTC is Opel’s upcoming three-door hatchback with an arguably sexy new design that fits well with Buick’s new theme. The all-new Astra GTC will launch in Europe next year.

    Buick’s variant of the Astra GTC is currently slated to launch almost exactly two years from now as a 2014 model. GM is pulling an old recipe out of the box for this one as the new Buick is slated to be imported from Europe. This will mark Buick’s second European import after the Regal. As of now, GMI has not been told the name of the new car or if it will simply where the Verano badge.

    As product plans stand today, only the three-door hatchback is slated for Buick. That does not mean more body styles, including a convertible, will not happen. It just means that as of today, they are not planned. We want to caution that GM import plans often change a lot during development.

    While this may be an old recipe, we don’t expect the Buick to fall victim to the dismal sales that plagued the Saturn Astra. The new Opel Astra utilizes the same GM electronics system that is utilized in North America. The new globally focused GM product development has provided a new Astra that is much more adaptable to the unique attributes of the North American market than it’s predecessor.

    At this point it is still too early to tell which engines will power the new Buick, though we wouldn’t be surprised to see a repeat of the Verano’s 2.4-liter and 2.0-liter Turbo four-cylinder engines.

    As for the Cruze Coupe, we’ll leave you with this link to an interview with Mark Reuss back in March.
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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Where do we place our advance orders?

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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Besides Verano for the coupe, will Skyhawk (former moniker used for a H-body Vega/Monza variant as well as a J-body variant) could fit for this upcoming coupe? (I also taught of Skylark, then other classic monikers stored in the vault like Wildcat, Riviera, Invicta, Centurion and even some borrowed from others like "Firehawk" once used for the Firebird and...Panther, the original codename of the Camaro )

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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Someone at GM better wake up before Hyundai walks away with the compact coupe market with the upcoming Elantra.


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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Good-looking car. Glad its coming over

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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    I would like to see this join Buick's lineup as the Buick Bengal. I think the exterior styling is unique enough to warrant a different model name. I would like to see a soft-top convertible version surface as well. All I would do to it to transform it into a Buick is to enlarge the grille opening and insert a Buick grille into that opening. Other than that, the exterior design would pretty much carry over. As far as the interior, piano black accents would be featured in the interior instead of the Verano's faux wood trim. The Bengal would join the Regal in reinforcing the brand's sportier side.

    As far as the Verano line, I would like to see the Astra 5-door adopt the Verano sedan's front end design and join the sedan as the Verano Tourer.

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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    No brainer IMO. Good news!

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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    obviously a fantastically beautiful car, and one that Buick the brand cannot carry in America. Sufficient reason for GM to carry the brand opel in America.....I guess if they continue to underperform then GM may have to rethink all this buick exposure

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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Somewhat related:

    Does anyone know if a Verano-derivative or an entirely different Astra sedan is coming for the European market? The thread on the need for Opel to move upscale contains this quote:

    The two-door Astra GTC goes on sale in the second half followed by the Combo commercial van at the end of the year. In the first half of next year, the new Astra sedan reaches the market, GM said.

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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    quick chop I did last night on the Opel Astra GTC as a Buick


    looks pretty darn good - hope they are serious about this!


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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Yuck. I'd rather have any of these:

    (Not to mention it would make way more sense to give the compact, affordable coupe -- presumably fun and youth-oriented -- to the mainstream brand)


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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Depending upon the actual launch date, this could very well be my next purchase! It would make a great daily driver to replace the Civic that I have now.
    The real question is, when you turn your car on.. Does it return the favor?

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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Quote Originally Posted by camaro_freak View Post
    quick chop I did last night on the Opel Astra GTC as a Buick


    looks pretty darn good - hope they are serious about this!

    Verano sedan should look like this from the start, not like current Chinese Buick Excelle.

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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Two years seems a little far out, but I'm glad it's coming.

    The GTC really fits Buick well in my opinion- It's premium enough and the design fits perfectly.

    Buick is in a great position to build a name in the premium compact market - Itís a growing segment and it makes sense for Buick jump in now, especially considering they have the products to do so.

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    Re: Two-Door GM Compact Coming, But Itís Not A Cruze

    Great news. I wonder how expensive this 2 door will be?

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