For 2017, Buick has planned to launch the 2nd generation of its Verano. The smallest passenger car in the line, the 2017 Buick Verano will have more space, but would way much lesser than its predecessor. Additionally, the 2017 Verano is expected to utilize the D2XX platform, which is already in use by the 2016 Opel-Vauxhall.
With this platform, GM not only hopes to lose significant weight from the vehicle, but also make it more stable and easier to handle. Although the car has already been launched at the Shanghai Auto Show 2015, it still remains to be seen if the US version of the 2017 Buick Verano would be any different.
2017 Buick Verano Exterior Design
On the outside, the 2017 Buick Verano is a blend of two concepts from the automaker, the Riviera concept of 2013 and the more recent Avenir concept. At the front is the new signature grille from Buick, which is expected to be on all Buick vehicles by 2018. This extends to the wing-shaped LED headlights of the car.
Moving towards the rear is a steep windshield, held by C-curved pillars. Moving further, you can notice dual-exhaust tips for a stylish look, which is further complimented by 17-inch, 10-spoke wheels. The 2017 Buick Verano would mainly build on the already popular and much loved design of the 1st generation model. However, information about the interior design is very limited.
2017 Buick Verano Engine Specs and Performance
The details about the types and number of power-trains that are to be made available in the US are currently hazy. Currently, the Chinese version has been launched with just one power train of 1.5-liter, with four-cylinders, capable of delivering a total hp of 166. This is controlled by a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission system and is a front wheels drive only.
There have been talks of using EcoTec units in the 2017 Buick Verano for the US market, which will deliver excellent fuel economy, but make a compromise on power. However, the current generation of the car has 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine, with a total hp of 180 and another turbo variant of 2.0-liter capable of 250-hp. Although an EcoTec unit can provide an equal amount of power as to the first variant, but there is no such unit capable of producing 250-hp.
What else to expect?
Since the 2017 Buick Verano would be utilizing the D2XX platform, it is almost certain that it would be hosting new sheet-metal for the exterior design. As far as the increased size is concerned, there are no confirmations from the company as yet. However, since the Chevrolet Cruze was manufactured with the same platform and it did grow in size; analysts believe the same would happen to the Verano.
Furthermore, analysts also believe that it would be unwise of Buick to lose power, in return for better fuel economy. Hence, they expect that if new EcoTec engines would be equipped with a turbo package. Even though the automaker has debuted just one power train in China, analysts believe that the 2017 Buick Verano would still come in two variants for the US market.
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