Foreshadowing the official models debut at the Detroit Auto Show, Buick introduced the new Verano, a sedan claimed to be the brands first ever model in the compact luxury segment.
The new Verano will share the platform with the Chevy Cruze, borrowing many of the same suspension parts including the WAtts Z-link rear end. However, the head of GMs North American division, Mark Reuss, pointed that the Verano wont be mistaken for the Cruze. Among some distinctive features that will differentiate the Verano will be a library quiet cabin, projector headlamps, lots of chrome accents and an up-scaled interior.
Under the hood, the new sedan is expected to get GMs 2.4L Ecotec 4-cylinder, producing a significant leap in performance over the Cruze. The engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission will make 177 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of troque reaching 31-mpg on the highway.
With the 2012 Verano Buick hopes to capture the attention of younger buyers, but this attempt has already been put in doubt in the press. After all, whether Buicks new offspring is a car someone young would want to drive, will be clear shortly after the sales launch, which is set to the fourth quarter of 2011.