2012 Buick Verano Compact Luxury Sedan

The all-new 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan, the brand's third new model in the past two years and first in the compact luxury segment, makes its debut at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Essentially an
Americanized Excelle GT , the Verano features an attractive design that echoes the Regal and LaCrosse. 2012 Buick Verano uses different materials throughout the interior and has a totally different look. General Motors is convinced there's a market for an entry-level Buick sedan.

Exterior design cues on the Verano include a black chrome waterfall grille, blue translucent projector-beam headlamps, chrome accents and portholes. Portholes have resurfaced recently as a Buick styling cue. 2012 Buick Verano will also feature standard antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control and 10 standard airbags. It is equipped with standard 17-inch forged alloy wheels; two 18-inch wheel designs are available.

2012 Buick Verano will get a standard 177-horsepower 2.4-liter engine when it debuts late next year. A 2.0-liter turbo engine will be offered on Verano in the future, it said, but gave no technical specifications. Buick claims the standard engine in the Verano gets the car from zero to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds. The EPA has yet to rate the Verano, but the sedan is expected to return an estimated 31 mpg on the highway.

The interior is exactly what you'd expect of a car that is essentially the lovechild of a Cruze and Regal, with Buick-spec materials and fit-and-finish carried down into a smaller package. The Verano's cabin is only about two cubic feet less capacious than the larger Regal, and we already know that the Cruze is still plenty comfortable for four full-size adults. In addition to standard OnStar, the Verano will be available with features like push button start, dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel and heated leather seats.

Pricing has not yet been announced on Verano, but GM said earlier that the car will be priced between $21,000 and $26,000.

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