The new 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan is the third brand new model in the last two years and the first in the compact luxury segment. This new compact sedan is still based on the same platform and on the evidence of this teaser picture they’ve released, it also looks very similar. The car will be produced at the $145 million Orion Assembly Center.
John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing said “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,” and “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.”
Buick Verano appears in the fourth quarter of 2011, the latest model of product renaissance that began with the enclave and continued with the LaCrosse and Regal. Like them, Buick Verano is distinguished by luxury and technology, including 10 airbags, available heated steering wheel and a system with next-generation wireless connectivity, OnStar power that enables communication between the smartphone and summer driver.
A powertrain combination Ecotec 2.4-liter six-speed automatic transmission is standard and delivers approximately 177 horsepower (132 kW) and 170 lb.-ft. of torque (230 Nm), 0-60 mph performance of 8.0 seconds and an estimated 31 mpg on the highway. A 2.0-liter turbo engine will be offered in the future.
Inside Buick promises true luxury, although don’t expect too much with a rumored starting price of around $20,000. Still, standard and optional features include a pretty impressive list of goodies like a push-button ignition, dual-zone climate control, heated leather seats and a heated steering wheel.