2012 Buick Verano Revealed

2012 Buick Verano

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show is just around the corner but automakers are already starting their 2011 attack. The 2012 Buick Verano was just announced and in our humble opinion it is a “baby Regal” as there are many similarities between these two models. The new Verano is made on the Delta II platform developed for the Chevrolet Cruze and it is very close as far as the dimensions are concerned to the larger Epsilon II-based Regal model, making the Verano half Cruze / half Regal.

Standing at 181-inches long, the 2012 Buick Verano is only 9 inches shorter than its Regal sibling and only half inch shorter in height. In the front, you will notice the LaCrosse-inspired fascia which makes it very attractive, at least we think so. The new Verano borrowed the upward sloping lower character line on the sides from the Regal. The car comes as standard with 17-inch rims but for extra money it can be fitted with more generous 18-inch wheels, available on the higher trim levels and in two variations.

Similar with the Regal, the Buick Verano can be bought only with a front-wheel drive and like the first one; it uses a 2.4-liter direct injection power unit that churns 177 hp and 170 pound-feet of torque. The car will do 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with this engine. The Cruze however uses different engines, either a 1.4-liter turbocharged or a normally aspirated 1.8-liter.

2012 Buick Verano

Moving inside the car, the interior is the result of mixing the Cruze with the Regal as the Verano borrowed its styling from these two cars and added a few Buick-spec materials here and there to make it feel more familiar to the company’s fans. In comparison with the Regal, the Buick’s cabin is only approximately two cubic feet smaller and this should be quite enough for most of us taking into consideration that the Chevrolet Cruze offers plenty of room for four adults.

Some of the most important optional features available for the 2012 Buick Verano include the push-button engine start, the dual-zone climate control with standard air conditioning, heated steering wheel, heated leather-appointed seating, uplevel front and rear reading lamps, steering wheel radio controls, console armrest that slides and locks, electronic parking brake and power windows with express up/down in the front and express down in the rear.

In the front, the Verano utilizes a decoupled MacPherson struts suspension that allows a better isolation and provides greater separation of extreme road conditions. In the back, the car sports a technically advanced Watts Z-link design that aids during cornering the center of the axle, improving the car’s handling on both left-hand and right-hand turns. In comparison to a regular fully independent rear suspenson, the Z-link design requires less space and is lighter, making the car lower its curb weight.

2012 Buick Verano

In order to efficiently stop the car, the engineers at Buick fitted the Verano with four-wheel disc brakes that feature standard anti-lock as well as electronic brake distribution plus the StabiliTrak electronic stability control (with traction control). In the safety compartment, the 2012 Buick Verano offers 10 airbags as standard, OnStar with Automatic Crash Response and a collapsible pedal system.

Official pricing will probably be revealed once we get closer to the car’s official launch date which should be at the end of this year. The expected retail price of the 2012 Buick Verano should start from approximately $21,000 for the entry-level models and work his way up to about $26,000 for the top-of-the-range models. More information should be available next week when the car will be presented at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

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