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Buick Verano Turbo 2013 Review
Buick has recently announced the new and upcoming Verano Turbo 2013, a luxury sedan boasting a small and economical yet powerful engine, a lot of standard equipment, advanced technologies and an overall more efficient sedan which retains its smooth, quiet character as before.
The upcoming Verano boasts one of the 10 best engines for North America, the 2.0 liter turbocharged Ecotec direct injection unit able to develop 250 horsepower ad 5300 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm. One of the interesting facts about this power plant is that more than 234 lb-ft of torque is available between 1700 and 5500 rpms. The unit is paired up with either a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual, and it can go from 0 to 60 mph in roughly 6.2 seconds.
As far as fuel efficiency goes Buick has not revealed any exact numbers but promised that the new 2.0 liter Ecotec unit will be able to cover more 30 miles per gallon highway. Since the 2.4 liter Verano boasts a fuel efficiency of 21 / 32 mpg, the 2.0 liter Ecotec will also be somewhere along those lines. That's not bad when compared to the Jetta GLI, the Audi A3 or the Acura ILX which delivers 22 / 31 mpg ciy / highway but offers 50 horsepower less than the Verano.
In terms of performances the engine is not the only new element brought to the table by the upcoming model, as it also comes with a better suspension which is supposedly 15 to 20 percent stiffer than the suspension found on the ongoing model, and the electric power steering has been tampered with in order to provide better handling with no compromise in ride comfort.
As for standard equipment we've already mentioned that the Buick Verano has a lot to offer, so let's take a look at some of the things we can expect from the 2013 model. As a standard, the Verano 2013 comes with heated seats and heated steering wheel, as well as a nine speaker BOSE audio system, a seven-inch touch screen infotainment system, push button start, cross-traffic and blind-zone detection, a rearview camera and a set of 18-inch wheels.
Overall the Buick Verano Turbo 2013 promises to deliver a better ride, better handling whilst at the same time offering more comfort, better performances and lower fuel consumption. Price and availability wise the 2013 model will hit the showrooms later this year at the base price of $29,500.
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DETROIT – Buick today announced the 2013 Verano Turbo luxury sedan will be powered by an Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing that produces an SAE-certified 250 horsepower (187 kW) at 5300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque at 2000 rpm. Acceleration from 0-60 mph is an estimated 6.2 seconds.
The Verano Turbo goes on sale later this year.
More than 90 percent of the Verano Turbo’s peak torque – more than 234 lb.-ft. – is available between 1700 to 5500 rpm. Its closest competitor, the 2013 Acura ILX 2.4L, offers a peak of 170 lb.-ft. of torque.
“The 2.0L turbo engine was designed for refinement, higher output capabilities and reduced noise,” said Amy Joss, Ecotec 2.0L assistant chief engineer. “The way it sounds, the power delivery and the refined character are all fitting of a luxury sedan with a fun side.”
In December, Buick’s 2.0L turbocharged Ecotec engine was named one of WardsAuto World’s 2012 10Best Engines for North America. At the time, the publication’s editor-in-chief, Drew Winter, said: “This engine delivers a level of power and sophistication that redefines Buick.”
The choice to use a small-displacement turbocharged engine for a more powerful Verano model is consistent with Buick’s effort to downsize its powertrains without sacrificing performance. Verano and the Regal luxury sport sedan are available exclusively with four-cylinder engines, while the LaCrosse luxury sedan comes standard with a four-cylinder engine paired with eAssist technology, which uses an electric motor and battery to boost both performance and fuel economy. The standard 2013 Regal four-cylinder engine also is equipped with eAssist.
“Buick’s engine strategy continues to be driven by intelligent performance,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. “Four-cylinder engines, turbocharging and eAssistare all the right solutions for today’s market. With these advanced technologies, Buicks are more efficient without sacrificing their smooth, quiet character.”
According to IHS Automotive, use of four-cylinder engines in North American vehicles will grow 74 percent from 6.9 million to 12.2 million units over the next 10 years.
The Verano Turbo will be available with a choice of a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. Including Regal Turbo and Regal GS, the Buick brand offers more manual transmissions than Ferrari and Lamborghini combined.
Acceleration performance is expected to be consistent between the two transmissions.
Fuel economy numbers are not final, but the Verano Turbo is expected to be in line with Buick’s other turbocharged models. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production in late 2012.