Buick’s new small sedan, the 2012 Verano, will start at $23,470 (including an $885 destination charge) when it goes on sale later this year. Adding the Convenience package bumps the car’s price to $24,670, while opting for the Leather package increases the sticker to $26,850.
Standard equipment for the Verano includes 18-inch wheels, fog lights, a touch-screen audio system, 10 airbags, remote start, plus Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The Convenience package adds a power, heated driver’s seat and rear parking sensors. The Leather package builds on that with keyless entry and push-button start, a heated steering wheel, a Bose sound system, and leather upholstery. All models use a 2.4-liter inline-four engine rated for 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Verano is set to become the smallest current Buick model. Based on a Buick sedan that has been sold in China for some time, the Verano is intended to draw younger customers to the Buick brand. Even though it’s a smaller and cheaper Buick, the Verano won’t skimp on style or comfort. The taut exterior looks like a scaled-down Buick Regal, while the interior has attractive, soft-touch trims and extensive sound-deadening materials designed to make the Verano’s cabin as quiet as possible.
The 2012 Verano will reach Buick dealerships before the end of 2011.