The all-new 2012 Buick Verano offers seat comfort that’s unlike that of any other car. But achieving this level of comfort required at least 1,000 hours of development. The seats were built so that “hot spots” won’t happen on long drives and the passenger’s hair won’t be put out of place by some head rest interference.
Verano sets standards for seat comfort and interior craftsmanship. Its major rivals include the Lexus IS and Acura TSX. The same grade of premium leather, support foam and plush padding is used by the Verano and the LaCrosse but the Verano’s seat bolsters offer more side support so that passengers are held in the most-comfortable position possible.
Vehicle testing took up several thousand hours as part of its chassis control work and ride development. Engineers asked men and women of all sizes to sit on the seats to get feedback. Schell said that making comfortable seats is “both an art and a science.” The Verano also offers a very high level of craftsmanship. It features French-stitched leather, adjustable console arm rest, padded door arm rests and bolsters.
A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter are offered as standard while consumers may opt for the heated steering wheel and heated seats. The Verano also uses ergonomic design. It’s easy to reach the soft-touch center stack controls and its seat head rests are designed to accommodate ponytails and other types of hairstyle without sacrificing the occupants’ postural comfort.
Verano offers more front and rear headroom and rear shoulder room compared to the Lexus IS 250. It also has a higher volume for its passengers and cargo volume than either the Acura TSX sedan or Lexus IS 250.
Buick’s newest car, the Verano, which becomes available toward the end of 2011, represents the continuing revitalisation of the company, a process started by the Enclave and carried on by the LaCrosse and the Regal. Similarly, luxuriousness and technology elevate the Verano’s status. It features 10 standard air bags, an optional heated steering wheel and an all-new OnStar-powered radio system which allows smooth syncing with the owner’s smart phone.
Verano is powered by an Ecotec 2.4L engine capable of 177hp (132kW) and 170 lb.-ft. torque (230 Nm). It enables acceleration from 0-60 in 8.0 seconds and achieves around 31 mpg on freeways. A 2.0L turbo version will also become available. The six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all versions.
John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing said that the Verano is another addition to their vehicle line up that sustains Buick’s redevelopment and is a great way to entice new customers because the car validates the design, technology and capability expected from their brand. He adds that the Verano is a "smart choice” because it provides luxury levels previously unseen in compact sedans and should confidently challenge rivals from Audi and Lexus in the market.
Buick Verano features the new Buick style details first seen on the Enclave and later on the LaCrosse and Regal. These consist of the strikingly detailed black chrome waterfall grille, unique blue translucent projector beam headlights, chrome accents, portholes, chrome accents, first-class wheels and a customised body-to-wheel association.
The sleek windshield smoothly integrates with the flow of the roofline curve, which then slopes back down on the rear pillars. The overall silhouette is quite sportive and is accentuated by its standard large, 17-inch multi-spoke forged alloy wheels in sterling silver-finish. There are also two premium 18-inch wheel design options.