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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.

2012 Buick Regal GS Announced

2012 Buick Regal GS

The Buick Regal GS concept was unveiled in January at the Detroit Auto Show and the officials said that the concept will become a production model in the near future. And they were right as the first truly performance Buick will be available starting with next year after a good amount of time since Buick had such a competitive model. Comparing the concept model exposed at the beginning of the year with the production model, we notice that nothing much has changed since then. The main differences you will notice are the smaller air intakes on the front fascia, the exhaust finishers on the back and the Recaro-like front seats.

Luckily, it has the other ingredients of the concept model, like the generous 20-inch rims, high performance Brembo front brake calipers, the rocker panel extensions, the integrated rear spoiler and the satin-metallic trim. More important, the engine is the same 2.0-liter four cylinders which is the same with the one found in the Regal Turbo model but the General Motor technicians raised the horsepower number and at the same time reduced backpressure thanks to a large exhaust system. Now the car offers 255 hp and a 295 lb-ft of torque which is 35 hp more than the power unit found in the Turbo.

2012 Buick Regal GS

Upon launch, the 2012 Buick Regal GS will be offered only with a 6-speed manual gearbox and later on they will introduce a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Initially, the concept promised a 0-60 mph sprint in less than 6 seconds, but now the officials at Buick lowered down their expectations of the car, saying that the Regal GS will do the mile-a-minute-mark in less than 7 seconds.

Unlike the concept version exposed in January which had an all wheel drive system, the production model has only front wheel drive which is a small disappointment in our opinion, but a plus is that the car will feature the all new HiPer Strut suspension system that benefits from a customized MacPherson geometry up front to maintain a better negative chamber in cornering and at the same time, reduce the torque steer.

The car will come as standard with 19-inch rims covered by all-season Goodyear Eagles tires and for extra money, you could get 20-inch wheels, but this time in combination with Pirelli P Zero summer tires.

Moving inside the car, it will be quite similar with other “Regal” cars, but it will come with metal pedals, a special flat-bottomed steering wheel, a satin-finished trim, white lightning for the instrument panel (when the GS mode is activated) and more-heavily bolstered front seats. Other standard features of the car include the following: xenon headlights, Bluetooth connectivity, backup sensors, keyless entry and start plus a powerful 320-watt Harman/Kardon sound system if you are not satisfied with the sound made by the powerful engine.