2012 Buick Verano Preview

Jeff Youngs | Dec 31, 2011

Highlights:
  • All-new model
  • Four-door compact sedan
  • Built on GM's "Delta II" architecture
  • Standard direct-injected, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive
  • Extensive use of sound-deadening acoustic material
  • Ten standard air bags
  • Standard OnStar telemetry with crash response

Introduction


The Buick Verano is an all-new compact sedan, making its debut for the2012 model year. The 4-door shares platforms with the Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Volt, signifying that both ride on the automaker's "Delta II" architecture. The Verano will be Buick'sentry-level model. With this in mind, the American automaker has worked to ensure the Verano lives up to the new luxury and technology standards set by its siblings-notably the Buick Regal, Lacrosse, and Enclave.
The all-new 2012 Buick Verano is scheduled to go on sale toward the end of 2011.

Overview
The exterior sheet metal and modern Buick design cues identify the Verano's maker even before the badge is recognized.The shape is an important element, says Buick, as the new sedan serves an important role in the model range. "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 the automaker.

The Verano intentionally mirrors modern Buick design cues (as seen on the Enclave, LaCrosse and Regal). These include a black chrome waterfall grille, translucent projector beam headlamps, "Buick"portholes, chrome accents, premium wheels, and a unique body-to-wheel relationship. The roofline arches, to connect to a raked windshield and gently-sloped rear pillars.
The interior is also inspired by Buick's other models. The automaker has used an abundant amount of soft-touch materials throughout the cabin, and there is ambient lighting (as seen in the LaCrosse).Leatherette and fabric are the standard upholstery choices, with leather optional. Buick has taken great effort to keep the passengers isolated. The headliner is a 5-layer acoustic material, sound-damping material is used in the body, and there are triple-seal doors. Even the windshield is made with an extra-thick laminated glass to keep noise outside the cabin.

The front suspension uses a MacPherson strut design, while the rear features a Watts Z-link design. The linkage's ability to center the axle during cornering delivers a more-balanced driving experience because the rear suspension better follows the lead of the front suspension, says Buick. The steering system uses an electric steering pump. In addition to allowing precise calibration of the speed-sensitive system, the lack of a drive belt improves fuel economy,according to Buick. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard, as are anti-lock brakes, traction control, and an electronic stability control system. Standard wheels are 17-inch alloys (18-inch wheels are optional).

Motivation for the new Verano comes in the form of a standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 horsepower and170 lb.-ft. of torque. All Verano models are fitted with an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission. While official fuel economy numbers have not been released, the direct-injection engine is expected to deliver 31 mpg on the highway,according to Buick.

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