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Complementing 2012 Buick Verano's precisely
crafted, premium-accented exterior is an interior marked by exceptional seat
comfort and support, as well as premium soft-touch materials, including ambient
lighting inspired by the LaCrosse. Metallic and wood trims and warm ambient
lighting make the cabin an inviting environment.
Neutral and medium
titanium colors are offered on interiors with leatherette/fabric seating
surfaces, while ebony, cashmere and a unique Choccachino color are offered on
the available leather-trimmed interiors. Verano uses the same premium leather
material for the seats that is used on the LaCrosse.
The instrument panel
blends with an integrated center stack that houses the infotainment display,
climate controls and radio controls. Flush-mounted components within the center
stack have a gap tolerance of less than 1 mm, while the instrument panel-to-door
panel gaps are less than 5 mm. Those tolerances are among the best in class.
Verano's headliner cover is made of a knit material that is one of five
layers of an acoustically designed headliner to help quiet the passenger
compartment. The interior pillar and other moldings are color- and grain-matched
to the headliner.
Additional interior standard and available features
- Push-button engine start
- Dual-zone climate control with standard air conditioning (automatic
climate control available)
- Heated steering wheel
- Heated leather-appointed seating
- Electronic parking brake
- Console armrest that slides and locks
- Power windows with express up/down in the front and express down in the
- Steering wheel radio controls
- Uplevel front and rear reading lamps.
Verano's heated steering wheel and heated seats are linked with the remote
start feature. In temperatures lower than 45 F (7 C), the steering wheel heater
and seat heaters automatically activate.
Quiet Driving Experience
Verano delivers the library-quiet driving experience for which Buicks have
become known. Quiet-tuning systems, processes and components are built into
every facet of the vehicle's architecture. All are designed to block or absorb
sound and dampen or eliminate vibrations.
Hydraulic ride bushings, for
example, and an isolated engine cradle reduce or eliminate vibration pathways
that could be transmitted to the passenger compartment. Similarly, a number of
noise-reducing and noise-cancelling technologies are employed throughout the
Even the wheels and tires contribute to Verano's
quietness. The standard 17-inch aluminum wheels are manufactured in a unique way
to enhance quietness, while the tires minimize road noise.
Responsive 2.4-liter Engine
A power-dense Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder,
with dual-overhead camshafts, variable valve timing and E85 capability, is the
standard engine in the Verano. It produces an estimated 177 horsepower (132 kW)
and 170 lb-ft of torque (230 Nm). Direct injection technology helps it produce
more power with less fuel and lower emissions - including up to 25-percent
reduced hydrocarbon emissions when compared with a multi-point fuel injection
engine. The engine is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that helps
the Verano deliver an estimated 31 mpg on the highway. Electric power steering
and a more efficient transmission design help optimize fuel economy.
Suspension, Chassis and Brakes
The front suspension uses decoupled
MacPherson struts for better isolation, providing greater separation of extreme
road conditions - large potholes, for example - from everyday driving
conditions. At the rear, a technically advanced Watts Z-link design helps center
the rear axle during cornering, which helps keep the Verano's handling responses
symmetrical on both left-hand and right-hand turns. The linkage's capability to
center the axle during cornering delivers a more-balanced driving experience
because the rear suspension better follows the lead of the front suspension.
The Z-link design is also lighter and requires less space than a typical
fully independent rear suspension. The lower weight contributes to Verano's fuel
economy, while the compact design enables more trunk space.
inputs are executed by an electric power steering system, featuring a
dual-pinion rack. Electric powering steering helps save fuel because it removes
the conventional power steering pump from the engine's driven accessories.
Engineers tuned the speed-sensitive system to provide quick, direct reaction to
steering actions and a strong on-center feel. The system has a ratio of 15.5:1
and requires only slightly more than two turns, lock to lock.
power is handled by a four-wheel disc brake system with standard anti-lock and
electronic brake force distribution, as well as StabiliTrak electronic stability
control with traction control.
Comprehensive connectivity is enabled by OnStar's remote vehicle access, which
makes keeping tabs on the vehicle a breeze from anywhere with a smart phone.
Downloading an OnStar app enables the use of remote vehicle features from
anywhere in the world. Remote-access features include remote vehicle
locking/unlocking, remote vehicle start and a vehicle locator.
next-generation radio system includes a navigation system, along with USB and
auxiliary input jacks, and includes full Bluetooth with streaming audio,
structural speech recognition, SMS texts and more. Additional connectivity
features include text-to-speech conversion of SMS texts, smart phone app
integration (Pandora, Stitcher, etc.) and Gracenote music organization for
external devices (USB drives, etc.), including Playlist Plus and Album Art
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