Coming off a quiet 2014 -- with no new vehicle launches -- Buick will get busy next year by adding a mid-sized crossover, a potential volume model slotted between the tiny Encore and jumbo Enclave.
General Motors also appears ready to add some fun to Buick's lineup by bringing over the Opel Cascada convertible from Europe. Sources say GM is readying the car for the United States, possibly by early 2016.
Buick next year also should reveal its next-generation LaCrosse sedan, which is slated for a launch by the end of 2015 or in early 2016. The compact Verano redesign should follow, by early 2016.
Here are highlights of Buick's plan for the 2015-17 model years.
Verano: Buick's compact sedan will have a relatively short life cycle of about 41/2 years with an expected redesign in early 2016 as a '17 model. It will ride on the same compact architecture as the next generation of its close sibling, the Opel Astra, and the Chevy Cruze. A turbocharged version of GM's new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine is a prime candidate for the base engine. The existing 2.0 turbo should remain.