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2012 Buick Verano

By luanpa in | January 12, 2011 | (1) Comment

The all-new 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan, the brand’s third new model in the past two years and first in the compact luxury segment, makes its debut at the 2011 North American International Auto Show.

Stateside, buyers will find GM’s 2.4-liter I-4 as standard equipment, which drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.GM rates the 2.4 at 177 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, which reportedly propels it from 0-60 mph in eight seconds flat, and allows the car to achieve an estimated EPA highway rating of 31 mpg.Those seeking more power, however, need to wait a little longer — GM’s turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 will be available shortly after launch, and may offer buyers up to 250 horsepower.

New leather interior colors (ebony, cashmere, Choccachino) are combined with smaller tolerances between the center stack components (1mm) and panel-to-door gaps (5mm).There’s also a heated steering wheel and heated seats, which are linked to the Verano’s remote-start feature and are automatically activated in temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.Other interior features include 10 standard airbags, push-button start, dual-zone climate controls and an electronic parking brake.

Verano has a strong, unitized body structure that incorporates 60-percent high-strength steel in key areas to enhance strength and crash protection.Safety development included testing at GM’s rollover test facility.

“Verano expands our lineup, continues Buick’s momentum and gives us a great opportunity to attract a new generation of customers with a product that delivers on their expectations for design, performance and technology,” said John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing.”It is a smart choice that delivers unexpected luxury in a compact sedan – and it will compete head-to-head with competitors from Audi and Lexus.”

Specific content packages and pricing information hasn’t been released quite yet, but the Verano is expected to start at $20,900 and $21,500, when it arrives at dealers in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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1 response to "2012 Buick Verano"

  1. Very nice, how much?