Details of the 2012 Buick Verano were leaked just last week through an online order study meant for Buick dealers. GM Inside News somehow managed to grab a hold of this spec sheet and spilled all over the Internet. From the tease image of the Buick Verano posted by GM last month, it looks similar to the Buick Excelle GT that is currently being sold in China.
Based on the document, the 2012 Buick Verano will be equipped with the 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine producing about 180 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. So far, only one engine configuration revealed, and likely that a V6 engine may be in the works as well.
There will be four trim levels available to choose from, with wierd code names: Base, 1SD Cloth Mid-Level, 1SG Cloth Mid-Level, and 1SL Leather Up-Level.
The “1SB Cloth Base” is a base model, which has an estimated MSRP ranging from $20,900 to $21,500. The second trim is the “1SD Cloth Mid-Level” that comes with additional features like remote start, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and sound system with Bluetooth connectivity. It is priced between $22,100 and $22,700.
The third trim is the “1SG Cloth Mid-Level”, which adds power adjustable driver seat, heated mirrors, rear park assist and dimming inside rear view mirror. And it is priced from $23,300 – $23,900. And the top-of-line trim is the “1SL Leather Up-Level”, which comes with heated seats and steering wheel, keyless entry system, premium Bose sound system and 18-inch alloys. Its MSRP is about $26,200.
At these price points, the Buick Verano may have a shot of taking out the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sontata and alikes. We will have to see it six months from now if these specs and prices remain the same when the Buick Verano comes out.