Buick announces 2013 Verano Turbo

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Buick's entry-level Verano sedan first came to market as a 2012 model and comes equipped with a 2.4-litre Ecotec engine that produces 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. Though the current power output of the Verano may seem adequate enough, Buick has recently announced a new turbocharged version with significantly more power than the standard Verano.

For 2013, Buick will introduce its Verano Turbo which features a 2.0-litre turbocharged Ecotec engine with 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The boost in power is good for an estimated 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 6.2 seconds according to Buick. Transmission choices for the 2013 Verano Turbo will include a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

"The 2.0-litre turbo engine was designed for refinement, higher output capabilities and reduced noise," said Amy Joss, assistant chief engineer for the engine. "The way it sounds, the power delivery and the refined character are all fitting of a luxury sedan with a fun side."

When automakers choose to offer higher-performance version of their vehicles, the convention is to add power by increasing engine displacement. However, forced induction systems like turbochargers and superchargers have also been used to provide significant gains in power with little if any need to increase engine size.

Buick's decision to use a small-displacement turbocharged engine for a more powerful Verano is part of an effort to downsize its powertrain offerings without sacrificing performance. The Buick Verano and the larger Regal sedan both come equipped with four-cylinder engines and the Encore crossover, which is scheduled to arrive next spring, will use a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. Buick's 2013 Regal will also feature eAssist which pairs an electric motor and battery to the powertrain for improved performance.

"Buick's engine strategy continues to be driven by intelligent performance," said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing. "Four-cylinder engines, turbocharging and eAssist are all the right solutions for today's market. With these advanced technologies, Buicks are more efficient without sacrificing their smooth, quiet character."

The 2013 Verano Turbo will continue Buick's engine downsizing strategy and is scheduled to arrive later this year.
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Topics: Sedan, Buick, 2013, Verano Turbo, Compact,

Organizations: Buick

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