The new 2012 Buick Verano was also revealed today at the Detroit Auto Show. Based off of the Chevrolet Cruze, the Verano is a new entry-level model for Buick that originated from China’s Buick Excelle GT. So yes, it is a slight case of badge engineering but for Verano, but don’t worry! You won’t be paying more for a car that looks exactly the same as its lesser sibling.
While the 2012 Buick Verano maintains a similar shape to the Cruze, the two look very different from each other and the Buick uses completely different materials for the interior to ensure that it competes with other luxury models such as the Audi A3, Lexus IS and Volvo S40.
Mated to a 6-speed automatic, just like the Cruze, the 2012 Verano’s power is supplied by GM’s 2.4L Ecotec four-banger good for 177hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. General Motors announced that a 2.0L turbocharged four-pot will be offered in the near future. Guesses are that it’s the same engine found in the Regal lineup, which punches out 220hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
We had a one-on-one with Ed Welburn so stay tuned for more exclusive reports about the Verano.
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– By: Chris Chin