A prototype of the 2016 Buick Verano was caught on camera undergoing testing, ahead of a late 2015 launch.

A prototype of the 2016 Buick Verano was caught on camera undergoing testing, ahead of a late 2015 launch.

Taking into account several spy shots of the next-gen Opel Astra have emerged lately, it's no wonder its American sibling, the Buick Verano, is starting to make its appearance since the two are basically the same car. The Verano's body design will be influenced by the LaCrosse with those strong character lines along with a prominent front grille and what appears to be a sportier front bumper. In addition, the car will boast a more sloped roofline, door-mounted mirrors and a dual exhaust arrangement.

Engine lineup will be radically changed compared to the outgoing model as the new Verano is expected to get a turbocharged 1.5-liter as a replacement for the 2.4-liter naturally-aspirated motor. Our sources have also informed us a 151 bhp 2.0-liter turbodiesel from the facelifted Cruze will be offered as well.

The new Buick Verano will likely be launched towards the end of next year as a 2016MY. 

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