2011 Detroit Auto Show
What is it?
2012 Buick Verano
What's special about it?
Buick's latest offering, the 2012 Verano, which will be revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, is the smallest car in the company's lineup.
With a 105.7-inch wheelbase, the Verano shares its Delta II platform — GM's global compact sedan platform — with the Chevrolet Cruze. Its wheelbase is 3 inches shorter than that of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan and slots the Verano into the compact luxury sedan segment directly between the Audi A3 and A4.
Under the hood there's a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine cranking out 177 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. This powertrain is good for a claimed 8.0-second 0-60 time and an estimated 31 mpg highway rating. A 2.0-liter turbocharged mill — likely the same one offered in the Regal CXL Turbo — will be offered in the future.
New leather interior colors (ebony, cashmere, Choccachino) are combined with smaller tolerances between the center stack components (1mm) and panel-to-door gaps (5mm). There's also a heated steering wheel and heated seats, which are linked to the Verano's remote-start feature and are automatically activated in temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Other interior features include 10 standard airbags, push-button start, dual-zone climate controls and an electronic parking brake.
Genuine effort has been made to make this littlest Buick one of the quietest cars on the road. Noise-reducing nylon baffles filled with sound-absorbing foam are installed in hollow portions of the body structure. The headliner is made of five layers of thermal acoustic material, the doors are triple-sealed and the windshield and side glass are both laminated. Even the brake and fuel lines are isolated to damp vibration.
Edmunds.com says: It's a small Buick, which, like sugar-free Red Bull, is sure to be a hit with somebody. — Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor