Patent sketches once again foil the somewhat secretive plans of GM. After the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept was leaked before its debut at the Beijing Motor Show, another filing with the US Patent Office has revealed a new Buick compact sedan.
From the looks of it, this new model is almost exactly like the Buick Excelle, current available in China. It will no doubt be based on GM’s Delta platform, the same one that underpins the Chevy Cruze or the Opel Astra.
Still, according to a few voices, the compact sedan, that will slot in below the upcoming Regal, won’t be carrying the Excelle name in the US, but a completely new one, set to mark a fresh start for compact Buick models.
Expect the future 2012 model year sedan to boast a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, like the Cruze, but also a bigger 180 HP 1.6-liter turbo unit, like the Chinese Excelle.