The 2014 Buick Verano will be powered by a new 1.6-liter turbo instead of the entry-level 2.4-liter Ecotec engine, new 1.6-liter turbo, according to the 2014 VIN cards of General Motors. The Verano will be equipped with a new power unit: a 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that features direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.
For the European market, GM will use the 1.6-liter Ecotec turbo that can deliver 192 hp (143 kW) and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque. This is an impressive move as the existing 2.4-liter in the entry-level 2013 Verano delivers 180 hp (134 kW) and 171 lb-ft (231 Nm) of torque. Because of the turbo, most of the torque will be available at about 1,900 rpm.
So far, no other significant revisions have been announced for the 2014 model year. It will be available with the newly presented Ecotec 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that powers the 2013 Regal GS too. When used in the 2013 Verano, it results to an output of 250 hp (186 kW) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque, enabling the car to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.2 seconds.
Buick’s modern design cues -- first seen on the Buick Enclave and reinterpreted for the Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal – are all apparent on the new Buick Verano. These design cues include a bold black chrome waterfall grille as bordered on the sides by blue translucent projector beam headlamps. Further design cues include chrome accents, portholes, a tailored body-to-wheel relationship and premium wheels.
Its profile is defined by an arching roofline that links the Verano’s raked windshield and its fast-sloping rear pillars. Its profile is also defined by large, 17-inch multi-spoke forged alloy wheels in sterling silver-finish. Two sets of premium 18-inch wheels are also offered as options for the new Verano.
Dave Lyon, design director at Buick, remarked that the Verano interprets the brand’s sculptural design language in a new size while featuring the refinement and attention to detail as seen on the Enclave and LaCrosse. Lyon called the Verano as a great-looking car with great proportions and sophisticated details.
Customers could have their Buick Verano wrapped in any of available exterior colors like Black, Claret Red Tintcoat, Cyber Gray Metallic, Mocha Bronze Metallic, Olympic White, Switchblade Silver Metallic and White Diamond Tricoat.
Inside, the new Buick Verano offers a comfortable and premium cabin. It features comfortable and supportive seats, premium soft-touch materials as well as ambient lighting inspired by the LaCrosse.
The interior also features metallic and wood trims. Cabin with leatherette/fabric seating surfaces could be specified in neutral and medium titanium colors, while leather-trimmed interiors could be finished in ebony, cashmere and Choccachino colors. Interestingly, the seats on the Buick Verano employ the same premium leather material as on the LaCrosse.