We recently spent some a week with the 2012 Buick Verano, and we grew fond of it. The car’s combination of quiet, comfort and value were the main elements that won us over, despite the aged 2.4L engine doing its best to hustle the car forward underneath the hood. There was promise on the horizon, however, as Buick announced some time ago that a turbocharged version with more of a pulse was on its way into the Verano. And just moments ago, Buick officially released all the details regarding backup for the Verano, in the form of a 2.0L turbocharged engine.
The Verano’s optional 2.0L Ecotec engine promises us an SAE-certified 250 horsepower (187 kW) at 5,300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque at a low 2,000 rpm that will be paired with a choice of a six-speed automatic transmission or an old-fashioned six-speed manual gearbox. These figures are potent enough to propel the Verano from 0-60 mph in an estimated 6.2 seconds — faster than even the Regal GS, and faster than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, for comparison’s sake. Heck, it’s within spitting distance of the turbocharged Cadillac ATS’ power output. However, we’re told that there won’t be any HiPer Strut found on the car — the same torque-steer-negating setup present on the Regal GS and Opel Astra OPC. But that’s not to say the suspension went unattended to.
Verano Turbo drivers will find that the suspension system is about 10-15 percent stiffer than the base model, while the steering is roughly 10-15 percent tighter. The Verano’s strut and front spring calibration is unique to the vehicle, once again keeping a far distance from other models in the GM family.
Buick estimates that fuel economy numbers will be close to what we see from the Regal Turbo and/or GS, while pricing will be announced closer to the start of production in late 2012.