GM has released new photos of its upcoming baby Buick, which will be launched both in China and in North America. Although not obvious from its exterior, this compact Buick is based on the 2010 Opel Astra, a fact that is made obvious by looking at its interior shot. As to be expected, the it is adorned with Buick’s trademark chromed waterfall grille and with a curvaceous overall appearance. Moreover, it even comes with twin vestigial chrome portholes found on the hood of pretty much every Buick.
Aside from some few awkward angles — for instance, the side profile — it’s not a bad-looking car. Being very similar to the Chevy Cruze in hardware, we can probably expect similar engine/transmission choices but with a more upscale feel inside.
As far as the model’s name is concerned, the Chinese version would likely be called the Buick Excelle and will make its world debut at this month’s Beijing Auto Show. The North American version will follow sometime in 2011, but we’re not sure if it will maintain the Excelle name.