While official information and images on the first compact model to join Buick’s lineup in more than two decades continue to be limited, a few details on packaging and pricing for the 2013 Buick Verano recently surfaced in a dealer study published on the gminsidenews.com website. First announced at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show, this “baby Buick” will go on sale sometime in 2012. So far GM has confirmed that it will be built in Michigan at the same Orion assembly plant that’s currently tooling up to start producing the 2012 Chevrolet Aveo . Closely related to the Excelle model it already markets in China, the 2013 Buick Verano will be spun from same platform that underpins the new Chevy Cruze.
Although still only preliminary, the dealer survey indicated that Buick is looking at a four-tier model lineup for the 2013 Verano which will see the car’s price range span roughly a $21,000-$26,000 window. It appears all versions of the Verano will share the same 180-horsepower/2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine used in the new Regal and come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Moving up through the model hierarchy, the Verano will gain additional comfort/convenience items like dual-zone auto climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and rear park assist with the top-line version also netting leather upholstery, a Bose audio system, heated seats/steering wheel, push-button starting and 18-inch alloy wheels.