2016 Buick Verano

Left without a proper compact after discontinuing the Skylark in 1997, Buick made a comeback to the segment by launching the Verano sedan in 2011. The vehicle quickly joined the Encore and Enclave crossovers in helping Buick’s growth in both the United States and China. In 2013, the Verano accounted for 20 percent of Buick sales in the U.S.

Although the current Verano is only three years old, Buick is already working on a brand-new model. The redesigned vehicle sits atop the same Delta II platform underpinning the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze and the Euro-exclusive Opel Astra . Naturally, the new Verano shares many of its internals with the latter.

What the Verano doesn’t share with the Astra, however, is its styling. Slightly longer and wider than its Opel -badged brother, the Verano benefits from Buick’s trademark front grille — now wider for a more aggressive grin — and borrows a few cues from the larger LaCrosse model. The spy shots that arrived in our inbox straight from Germany suggest the sedan is keeping its sleek profile, while gaining a prettier rear end, with the taillights biting more into the fenders.

Things are changing under the hood as well, where an all-new, turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-pot replaces the old 2.4-liter Ecotec unit. Word has it General Motors is also looking to share the Chevrolet Cruze’s 2.0-liter turbodiesel mill with Buick. The latter delivers 151 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque, while returning up to 46 mpg on the highway.

We expect the new Verano to break cover in late 2015 and go on sale for the 2016 model year.

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Spy Shots

May 28, 2014 - Next Buick Verano testing in Germany

Buick Verano
Buick Verano
Buick Verano

Competitors

Acura ILX

Acura ILX

The ILX carries the same sharp and somewhat muscular design seen across the entire Acura lineup. Although the compact is no beauty, it fares a lot better in the design department when compared to the current Verano. That’s likely to change when the new Buick arrives, mostly because the 2016 Verano boasts fresher cues and up-to-date styling.

Inside, the ILX is a great example of entry-level luxury with plenty of standard features and soft-touch surfaces. Opt for the Premium Package and you get leather-wrapped seats, heated front seats and a 360-watt stereo system among other goodies. A Technology Package enhances the vehicle even further by adding AcuraLink Satellite Communication, a navigation system with voice recognition and the Real-Time Traffic app.

Moving over to powerplants, the base model comes with a 2.0-liter four-pot that generates 150 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque. More output comes from 2.4-liter unit, which produces 201 ponies and 170 pound-feet of torque. Lastly, the hybrid model gets its juice from a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor that deliver a total of 111 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. Pricing starts from $26,900.

Audi A3 Sedan

Audi A3 Sedan

It took Audi a couple of years to confirm that the A3 Sedan will arrive Stateside, but the Germans finally broke the big news in the first quarter of 2014. Obviously inspired by the larger A4, the compact sports the signature Singleframe grille and comes equipped with full-LED headlights. The A3’s cabin is probably the most attractive in the segment and boasts high-quality materials, three-dimensional inlays and a wraparound dashboard design. Leather upholstery, Bluetooth and rain-sensing wipers are offered standard.

Two engine choices are available at the dealership, with both of them using gasoline to fuel their needs. The 1.8-liter TFSI delivers 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.0-liter TFSI packs 220 ponies and 258 pound-feet of torque. The most powerful model can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds, making far more attractive than its competitors. The base model starts at $29,900, while the 2.0 TFSI version fetches at least $32,900.

Buick Verano

Buick Verano
Buick Verano
Buick Verano

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