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Wagons Are Cool Again: Buick Excelle GX Launched In China

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General Motors has launched the Buick Excelle GX in China, a good looking compact wagon with a lot of style, and one could even call it cool. Wagons in general are cool again in China. There are fanatic wagon clubs, wagon-dedicated websites, and most importantly: wagons are popular among youngsters who consider themselves to be cool, and that is a hot market.

Price starts at 119.900 yuan and ends at 146.900 yuan ($18,400 – 22,230). The Excelle GX is made in China by the Shanghai-GM joint venture.

Buick previously sold two other wagons in China: the 2005 Excelle wagon and the…

2001 Buick SR-V.

The Excelle GX looks much better than the sedan, which has been renamed ‘Excelle GT’. I especially like the crease over the rear door and rear fender.

Sloping roof with roof rails, a shark fin antenna, a small rear window and a black window spoiler.

The interior is a bit disappointing, it just doesn’t look very 2017. The instrument panel is analog and the touch screen is a 7 inch, the smallest screen we have seen in a long time on a new car in China. Chinese car buyers car for their screen’s size, so this could be a serious flaw.

The graphics look very old fashioned. It seems unlikely that this system was developed in China. It is probably based on a GM-Europe product. There is a good thing: it runs both Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife.

Oh no.

Engines: 1.0 turbo 3-pot with 125 hp (designated 15T) and an interesting 1.3 turbo 3-pot with 163 hp (designated 18T). The latter is likely one of the largest 3-cylinders on the market today. Transmission: 6-speed manual, 6-speed auto, 6-speed DCT.

Enough space for three.

Enough space for a lot of beer. Note the light units on each side of the cargo space. They are a new safety feature; the lights are on when it is dark and the cargo door is open, and it even has a reverse light! Very neat.

The new grille design with a ‘winged’ Buick logo. We will see this grille on every new China-made Buick.

Great looker from the outside, nice engines, too bad about the dashboard.

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