Buick to Introduce New Luxury Sedan in 2011
Verano goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2011, the latest model in a product renaissance that began with the Enclave and continued with the LaCrosse and Regal.
Verano is distinguished by luxury and technology, including 10 standard air bags, an available heated steering wheel and a next-generation radio system with OnStar-powered connectivity that enables seamless communication between the Verano and the driver's smart phone.
An Ecotec 2.4L and six-speed automatic powertrain combination is standard and delivers an estimated 177 horsepower (132kw) and 170 lb.-ft. torque (230Nm), 0-60mph performance of eight seconds and an estimated 31mpg on the highway. A 2L turbo engine will be offered in the future.
The quietest compact sedan on the road - quieter than many midsize and full-size cars - Verano's quietness is supported by acoustical laminated glass, triple door seals, refined chassis dynamics and specially manufactured 17-inch standard forged alloy multi-spoke wheels, which minimize road noise.
Ecotec 2.4L/six-speed automatic powertrain matched with a refined, responsive suspension system, including a Watts Z-link rear suspension and four-wheel disc brakes with standard anti-lock brakes, full-function traction control and StabiliTrak electronic stability control.
John Schwegman, vice president of marketing at Buick, said: â€œVerano expands our lineup, continues Buick's momentum and gives us a great opportunity to attract a new generation of customers with a product that delivers on their expectations for design, performance and technology.
â€œIt is a smart choice that delivers unexpected luxury in a compact sedan - and it will compete head-to-head with competitors from Audi and Lexus.â€
Will the new model enhance GM's market share in luxury segment?
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