News broke late last night that we could see the beloved LS7 V8 engine in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, according to a GM VIN card PDF. There was much rejoicing. In that same document, we notice that the Buick Verano will receive a 1.6L turbocharged Ecotec engine by the 2014 model year. The engine will effectively replace the 2.4L naturally aspirated Ecotec engine, slotting just under a 2.0L turbocharged mill.
To back this up, we know that Opel’s next-generation 1.6L turbocharged Ecotec engine will soon be offered initially in the Opel Astra — the very vehicle the Verano is based on. Preliminary numbers claim to be 200 hp and up to 300 Nm, or 221 lb.-ft. of torque, while featuring stop/start technology. This means that the base Verano will see a power improvement, and most likely a fuel economy improvement. All good things.