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Its Official: The 2012 Buick Verano

Along with the GMC All-Terrain HD from the last post, GM has another exciting addition to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show – The 2012 Buick Verano. The Verano is built on the same Delta II platform as the Chevy Cruze, but takes its styling cues from its big brothers the Regal and Lacrosse.

The on-sale date for the Verano (In the US anyway) is slated to be the end of 2011, but GM has released some specs of the baby Buick. Like the Regal, the Verano will be a front-wheel drive sedan, and will also share the 2.4L direct injection engine which produces 177 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. GM has also hinted that a 2.0L turbo will be available in the future, and although no specs were released on that engine, you’d be safe to guess it will be the same turbo coming in the Regal.

Although closer in size to the Regal, the Verano seems to take its front fascia design from the larger Lacrosse sedan, with its side body styling staying closer to the Regal. The rear end is completely new, with downward sloping taillamps adorned with chrome trim above. 17 inch wheels will come standard on the car, with 18 inch wheels also available on the higher models.

Interior wise, the car is all that you would expect from a Buick. It has the size and usefulness of the Cruze, with the higher end materials and fit and finish of the other members of the Buick family. Although the car is almost 9 inches shorter than the Regal, it is only 2 inches narrower and nearly the same height as its big brother, so the Verano will have the capacity (and easy room for 4 adults) of the Cruze. OnStar will be standard on the Verano, as with all new GM vehicles, and optional luxuries will include push button start, dual zone climate control, heated seats, and the ever useful heated steering wheel.

Canadian pricing hasn’t been announced, but according to sources in the US it looks like American units will start around $21,000 and top out just over $26,000 for a top of the line model with all the bells and whistles. We’ll wait to see and hear more about this one at the NAIAS next week.

**Thanks to AutoBlog for the pictures

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GMC Sierra All-Terrain HD Concept

 

Due to be released at the Detroit International Auto Show from GM: The GMC All-Terrain HD concept. You may be familiar with the half ton Sierra All-Terrain (different wheels, grille, interior than a standard Sierra) but the HD goes a little more off the map…. Powered by the 6.6L Duramax diesel, the truck also has an extra 3 inches of ground clearance, is 4 inches wider, and rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch offroad tires with Fox off-road shocks (same as used on the Ford Raptor.)

Inside, the concept comes with Denali-spec interior and satin metal finishes – much like it’s half ton counterpart, but also has the upcoming next generation 80 gB hard drive that we’ll be seeing across the full GM line in the next few years. Being a concept there are no plans to actually produce the truck… yet… but if it were to be produced you would likely see it come from a third party firm as opposed to rolling off the GM production line looking like that.

Will be excited to see the concept at the Detroit show, and maybe find a few more details about possible production of the truck, but for now enjoy the pictures.