A modest revamp for the 2015 Buick Verano sees this popular compact sedan add a touch more visual appeal and gain a new level of advanced in-car connectivity. Still offered in base Verano, Verano Convenience, Verano Leather and Verano Turbo trims, the division's second-best selling 4-door adds Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic and Desert Dusk Metallic paint to its exterior palette on all models. The Verano, Convenience and Leather variants also can be had with a new Appearance Package that pairs a silver/bright grille insert with a Turbo-look rear spoiler.
The most notable upgrade for the entire 2015 Verano lineup comes in the form of new OnStar with 4G LTE and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that's also being rolled out for most other GM products for 2015. Complementing the Verano's basic Intellilink system that can pair with up to 10 devices including smart phones, SD cards and MP3 players, this always-on new-gen setup is 10 times faster than 3G and 10 times faster than the previous generation of OnStar. It comes with a 3-gigabyte/3-month data trial period and can be maintained via subscription.
Powertrain choices are scheduled to carry unchanged for 2015. The standard Veranos will be fitted with a 180-horse/2.4-liter naturally aspirated Ecotec four while the Verano Turbo gets a 250-horse/2.0-liter turbocharged alternative. Standard transmission in both will be a 6-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control. Despite rumors that the 6-speed manual offered on the high-performance Verano may be on its last lap due to an ongoing lack of buyer interest, Buick sources indicate the shift-for-yourself alternative remains in the dealer order books - at least for now.
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