Today, General Motors revealed the 2012 Buick Verano at the North American International Auto Show. As you already have known for a few days, the compact sedan will be equipped with GM’s now-common 2.4 liter direct-injected ECOTEC four cylinder (pro code LAF) good for 177 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. A 2.0 liter turbo-charged ECOTEC engine will soon follow.
The Delta II-based Verano will contain plenty of quiet-tuning systems to reduce the relatively high NVH levels that compact cars are known to have. The hushing technologies include patches of sound dampening material placed throughout the body structure, sound insulation material between rear-body components made of recycled denim, and even a suppressed exhaust note — all of which adds up to what the Verano’s Vehicle Line Executive (VLE) Jim Federico claims will be the quietest compact on the market when it goes on sale during the fourth quarter of this year.
According to Buick marketing chief John Schwegman, the Verano aims to bridge the gap between more upscale economy compacts such as the Volkswagen Jetta and the sportier, more premium Lexus IS by giving a more soft-core approach to the driving style while offering premium luxury amenities. Though that may be the case, we are puzzled that an engaging manual transmission found its way into a presumably soft-core machine and not something like eAssist.