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Preliminary Information on 2012 Buick Verano Leaked, Possibly Starts at $20,900

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General Motors issued a teaser image of its upcoming Buick Verano compact sedan early last month

and has only said that it will be built at its Orion Township, Michigan, factory. We now have a little more information on the car thanks to a leaked dealership order study.

The leaked order study comes from GM Inside News, and reveals that there will be four different trim levels of the Verano — the SB, SD, SG, and SL. It also indicates there will only be one engine offered, GM’s familiar 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter I-4 rather than the 1.8- or 1.4-liter turbo offered in the Cruze. Also, despite positioning the car as the entry-level Buick and recently re-adding manual transmission offerings in the Regal, no such transmission is planned for the Verano.

Thus every trim level, even the base SB, comes equipped with the 2.4-liter I-4 and a six-speed automatic transmission. The only other information revealed about the base SB is that it will come with cloth seats and has an estimated starting price between $20,900 and $21,500.

Moving up from there is the SD trim level, which still comes equipped with cloth seats but adds a few luxury goodies. These items include standard remote start, two-zone automatic heating and air-conditioning controls, a so called connected color radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. The SD’s estimated starting price is $22,100 to $22,700.

The next SG trim level adds even more luxury goodies to the Verano’s standard features list, but cloth seats are still standard. Luxury features added to the SG include a six-way power driver seat, heated sideview mirrors, rear park assist, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. GM estimates this model’s starting price will be somewhere between $23,300 and $23,900.

In the SL trim level leather seats become standard affair. Additionally, the SL trim level adds some truly premium items such as a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a Bose audio system, push button start, and 18-inch wheels. Notably, the HID headlights seen on the teaser car aren’t a standard feature on the SL. This uplevel model will likely sticker somewhere in the range of $25,600 to $26,200.

All of these specifications are, of course, preliminary, but can give us a good idea of where GM intends to position the new Buick Verano when it goes on sale in 2012. After seeing this, do you think the Verano could be a hit or is it going to be a pricy compact that doesn’t sell? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Source: GM Inside News

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