Looking to continue their newfound sales momentum, Buick has officially unveiled the 2012 Verano in Detroit.

Looking to continue their newfound sales momentum, Buick has officially unveiled the 2012 Verano in Detroit.

Designed to compete with the Audi A3 and Lexus IS250, the Verano features a stylish design that boasts blue-translucent projector beam headlights, a waterfall grille, porthole vents, and 17-inch alloy wheels (18 inchers are optional).

Owing to its premium position, Buick decorated the cabin with soft-touch materials, metallic accents, and wood trim. Of course to get a truly luxurious environment, you'll need to shell out for options such as leather upholstery, heated seats, GPS navigation, and a Bose audio system.

At launch, power will be provided by a 2.4-liter Ecotec engine that produces 177 hp (132 kW / 179 PS) and 170 lb-ft (230 Nm) of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.0 seconds and return an estimated 22 mpg city / 31 mpg highway. Later on, the company will offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter but specifications haven't been released as of yet.

On sale in the fourth quarter, the 2012 Verano will carry a base price of approximately $21,000.

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