Originally unveiled at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, the Buick Verano is the latest model from Buick. It’s also the brand’s first take on a compact vehicle in years. But the Verano unveiled last month featured a naturally aspirated 2.4L ECOTEC engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission only makes 177 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. Something just didn’t seem to add up, as the car was offering an engaging six-speed but seemingly not enough power. Or perhaps the car had the right engine and the wrong transmission. The Buick Verano Turbo — a car that showed up at the show without even so much as a press release — looks to solve at least one of those problems.
Identifying the model as such was a fairly subtle “T” badge located near the right ass-brow (our term) that can also be found on the Buick Regal Turbo.
The interior featured very wholesome looking brown leather seats, a color Buick likes to call “mocha-chino” (or something else coffee-related that sounds ridiculous to say out loud) and upon the dull thud of closing the door, we quickly realized just how quiet the cabin of the Verano really is. What some may consider just another compact sedan from the outside is really a realm of solitude for those within the vehicle. Unfortunately, opening the hood was prohibited, but rumor has it that a 2.0L boosted ECOTEC engine capable of producing north of 250 horsepower would be found underneath.
Adjacent to the display of the turbocharged Verano was a normally-aspirated model, featuring the standard 2.4L ECOTEC engine coupled with an automatic transmission, which will also be standard.