The performance of new compact premium Verano from Buick got a major boost with the arrival of the new Verano Turbo for 2013, featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder engine that generates 250 hp. Full power can be accessed at only 5300 rpm. Meanwhile, 260 lb-ft of torque can be achieved at only 2000 rpm.
Another impressive thing is that 234 lb-ft of power is available from 1700 to 5500 rpm. As a result, it can accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 6.2 seconds. Notably, the Verano would perform well regardless of the gear being used. It’s interesting that its closest rival, the Acura ILX2.4, delivers only 200 hp but it does weigh significantly lower.
The Buick Regal Turbo uses the same engine. This is where it received recognition as one of Wards Auto 10 Best Engines list for 2012. Amy Joss, Ecotec 2.0L assistant chief engineer, said that the 2.0L turbo engine was intended for refinement, superior output capabilities and less noise. She said that the Verano has the features of a “luxury sedan with a fun side.”
Buick is making this engine available either mated to a six-speed manual or automatic amid efforts by the automaker to appeal to enthusiasts by offering manual transmissions. Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing, said that “intelligent performance” continues to drive Buick’s engine strategy.
He said that for the current market, the solutions include four-cylinder engines, turbocharging and eAssist. He explained further that with sophisticated technologies, Buick models become more efficient but continue to have a “smooth, quiet character.” Buick still has to determine whether the Verano could be offered with an eAssist hybrid variant but with the impending arrival of the ILX Hybrid, it appears likely.
Buick Verano comes with the cutting edge Buick design cues presented on the Enclave and interpreted for the Regal and LaCrosse. They incorporate an intense, detailed dark chrome waterfall grille, noticeable blue translucent projector beam headlights, chrome accents, portholes, prime wheels and a custom-made body-to-wheel rapport. A curving roofline integrates a steeply raked windshield and fast-sloping back columns to give the auto an athletic profile that is complemented by huge, 17-inch standard multi-spoke forged alloy silver-finish wheels. Two prime 18-inch wheel designs are offered.
Design Director Dave Lyon said that the Verano projects Buick's sculptural style language in a new size, with all the fine-tuning and focus to detail started by the LaCrosse and Enclave. More than that, it's just a stunningly-looking vehicle. It has wonderful proportions and elegant details that will look awesome for decades to come.
Remarkable to Buick Verano are translucent blue projector-bar headlights, which give the auto an unmistakable, luxurious appearance. A collection of rich hues improves the top notch look, including White Diamond Tricoat and Claret Red Tintcoat. Other outside color options are Black, Mocha Bronze Metallic, Switchblade Silver Metallic, Olympic White, and Cyber Gray Metallic.
Going well with the Buick Verano's accurately sculptured, premium-emphasized exterior is an interior set apart by extraordinary seat support and comfort. It also comes with premium soft-touch components, plus ambient lighting based on the LaCrosse. Warm ambient lighting and metallic and wood trims make the cabin an inviting place.