Buick dealers will soon be offering a small sedan, based of the same platform as the Chevrolet Cruze. The 2012 Buick model, the Chinese edition is previewed in this linked post (and pictured to the right of this article), should be called the Verano and should go on sale sometime in the second half of 2011.
Thanks to a leaked survey document on GM Inside News, we have an excellent idea of the 2012 Verano's pricing and equipment levels. Of course, because this is a survey of dealers and is early on in the process equipment and pricing could change by the time these cars reach dealer lots.
All models at launch appear to sport the same powertrain: a 2.4L, 4 cylinder engine sporting 180 hp @ 6700RPM and 172 lb-ft of torque at 4900 RPM couple to a six speed automatic transmission.
Checking the 1SB code on the order form will net you a base model that has an estimated $20,900 to $21,500 price tag.
The 1SB will add remote start, fully automatic, dual climate control, a "connected color radio with Bluetooth connectivity" and a price range of $22,100 to $22,700.
The 1SG adds a six way power seat, heated outside rear view mirrors, rear park assist and electrochromic inside rear view mirror. You will part with $23,300 to $23,900 for this model.
For Mr. Fancy Pants, there is the 1SL and ticking that box will gain you heated seats and steering wheel, passive entry and push button start, Bose premium audio and 18" wheels. Get ready to write a check for $25,600 to $26,200 for this one.
As previously announced by Buick, do not expect any model designations on the Verano itself. Buick wants to copy a play from Lexus and other premium brands where there is one model and various packages that build upon it.
While the initial release of Verano's appear to be mono-spec powertrain wise, Buick will undoubtedly offer higher priced models with more power on tap later on in the release cycle.
Source: GM Inside News