When the XT and GT were launched in 2010, the old Excelle was expected to be fully retired in two year. However, as the aged has retained its popularity, Shanghai-GM has decided to keep it on the new car market. The Excelle, not covering the Excelle XT or GT, was the No.1 best-selling sedan in China in 2011 (with 253,514 deliveries) and the first 10 months of this year (237,859 deliveries).
For 2013, Shanghai-GM is to refresh the the top selling compact by upgrading its powertrains. The current TWIN-TEC 1.6L engine will be replaced by a P-TEC 1.5 liter, and the Step-Gate 4AT will be dropped in favor of a 6AT. More fuel-efficient, the 1.5L can put out the same maximum of power (81kW) and torque (146Nm) as the outgoing, and meets the forthcoming Euro V emission standard. With a smaller displacement, it also makes the Excelle qualify for state subsidies for "green" cars.
So basically, the 2013 Excelle will share not only a platform but a powertrain with the Baojun 630, which is built by another GM venture in China, SGMW. But this creates a problem by pitting a Buick model against a low-cost native one. With its prices already below 100,000 Yuan, the Excelle risks further hindering Shanghai-GM effort to build Buick into a truly high-end brand.