Report: Buick Verano eAssist Hybrid due in 2015 along with styling refresh

When the new 2012 Buick Verano compact sedan rolls into showrooms, it will be offered with a new 2.4 liter Ecotec 4-cylinder engine making 180-hp. That will allow you to go from 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds and provide you with an estimated highway fuel-economy of 31 mpg.

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According to a new report, that won’t be the only powertrain choice offered on the Verano. GM has plans to add a 2.0 liter unit sometime next year and a 2.5 liter gasoline option in 2015. Also, in 2015, the 2012 Verano will be offered with a 2.5 liter engine mated to a hybrid system. We’re pretty sure that will be the eAssist setup that is currently found in the LaCrosse, Regal and Chevrolet Malibu.

In 2015, the Buick Verano is also scheduled for a major refresh.

Refresher: The 2012 Buick Verano will be offered in three trim-levels with the top model carrying an MSRP of $26,850. All models of the 2012 Verano are powered by an Ecotec 4-cylinder engine making 180-hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2012 Buick Verano will run from 0-60 mph in 8 seconds and should estimate 31 mpg on the highway.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News