Back in September, we announced that the 2012 Buick Verano will carry a price tag of $23,470 (inclusive of shipping charges). The Verano is company’s first compact car since the 1990s and promises to take on more expensive Japanese cars such as the Acura TSX ($30,495 including shipping) and the Lexus IS 250 ($34,170 with shipping costs).
2012 Verano comes as standard with at 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine delivering 180 hp combined with a six-speed automatic transmission.
As expected, due to tougher U.S. fuel economy standards a hybrid version of the Verano is also on its way, but this model will arrive in 2015.
Although we know nothing about the upcoming hybrid model, Automotive News reports that the new Buick Verano Hybrid will be powered by a 2.5-liter engine and makes us believe it will be a successor to the 2.4-liter engine found on the standard engine. The new eAssist will also be found on the new car, as it is on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse and the 2012 Buick Regal.
New Buick Verano shows off the new Buick stylistic direction, which was first witnessed on the Enclave and also adapted for the LaCrosse and Regal. Aspects of the new design include the strikingly detailed black chrome waterfall grille, alluring translucent blue projector beam headlights, chrome detailing, portholes, an optimised body-to-wheel correlation and premium wheels.
The windshield sweeps back to merge seamlessly with the smooth roofline curve, which then slopes back down at the rear pillars, composing a sporty profile appropriately matched by large, 17-inch forged alloy multi-spoke sterling silver wheels as standard. There are also two premium 18-inch wheel design options.
Design director Dave Lyon said that the Verano adapts the modern sculptural Buick aesthetic in a different size and oozes an overall premium feel down to the fine details, just as it was in the Enclave and LaCrosse, Lyon adds that its luxurious details and proportions are bound to have timeless appeal because "it's simply a great-looking car.”
A distinctive feature of the Buick Verano is its translucent blue projector-beam headlights that accentuate its prestigious looks. A set of striking colours provides the car with even more luxurious appeal. These include the new Claret Red Tint coat and White Diamond Tricoat, which join the Black, Olympic White, Mocha Bronze Metallic, Switchblade Silver Metallic and Cyber Grey Metallic colours in the range.
The refined elegance of the Buick Verano’s body shell is matched by its sophisticated interior, featuring seats with superior support and comfort, luxurious soft-touch materials and ambient lighting similar to that on the LaCrosse. The interior space is also made more enticing by the meticulous use of wood and metal trims and the warm ambient illumination.