The all-new 2012 Buick Verano will feature a 2.4-liter ECOTEC engine, a related version of the same engine that provides responsive performance in vehicles ranging from the Buick LaCrosse to the GMC Terrain for sale in Columbia, SC. In the Verano, this four-cylinder engine will make 177 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This power will be routed through a six-speed automatic transmission optimized for responsive performance (estimated 0-60 acceleration time is around eight seconds) while still achieving an estimated 31 highway miles per gallon.
Verano’s engine will feature direct injection, a technology that has developed in recent years across Buick’s entire lineup to increase both power and fuel efficiency by injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber. Compared to conventional multi-point fuel injection, direct injection reduces Verano’s hydrocarbon emissions by an estimated 25 percent. In the future, a 2.0L turbocharged engine will be made available to provide Columbia drivers with an even more potent option.
Verano’s front suspension uses decoupled MacPherson struts for better isolation, providing greater separation of extreme road conditions – large potholes, for example – from more normal driving conditions. At the rear, a technically advanced Watts Z-link design helps keep the rear axle centered during cornering, which helps keep the Verano’s handling responses symmetrical on both left-hand and right-hand turns. The linkage’s capability to center the axle during cornering delivers Columbia drivers a more-balanced driving experience because the rear suspension better follows the lead of the front suspension. The Z-link design is also lighter and requires less space than a typical fully independent rear suspension, which means more trunk space for Columbia drivers while lowering weight for improved performance and fuel economy.
Steering inputs are executed by an electric power steering system, featuring a dual-pinion rack, that is designed to improve fuel economy by replacing the conventional power steering pump from the accessories the engine has to drive. Buick engineers tuned the speed-sensitive system to provide quick, direct reaction to steering actions and a strong on-center feel. The steering wheel only requires slightly more than two turns from lock to lock, ensuring responsive handling on Columbia’s roads.
Stopping power is handled by a four-wheel disc brake system with standard anti-lock and electronic brake force distribution, as well as StabiliTrak electronic stability control with traction control designed to keep you in control even when Columbia’s roads turn crazy. (We’re looking at you, Malfunction Junction.)
Visit Jim Hudson Buick in Columbia SC for your Buick Verano
Jim Hudson Buick will carry the 2012 Buick Verano when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2011. Jim Hudson Buick has been serving Columbia Buick drivers since 2007, when they purchased the franchise of Hancock Buick. Jim Hudson is the reigning Best New Car Dealership in Columbia SC, a title readers of The State have awarded an unmatched ten years in a row. Jim Hudson Buick is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, SC, and can be reached by phone at (803) 783-0110.