The luxury car world is always looking for the next big thing, could it be that the next big thing is actually making a luxury compact? Your Dallas Buick Dealership was thinking the same thing, that is until we were personally introduced to the new 2012 Buick Verano.
From the get-go, it’s clear that GM wanted the Verano to be a clean break from its checkered past of rebadging Chevy compacts. In sharp contrast from Buick’s last compact, the Skylark which died out in 1998, the Verano hides its Chevrolet roots well from the outside. With only a subtle “hockey stick” character line betraying its Opel roots, the Verano is neither a rebadged Euro-market sedan (like the Regal) nor a “pure” Buick design like the LaCrosse. But it does split the difference between the two designs, marrying a subtle design with a few discrete Buick cues like the hood-mounted ventiports. The overall impression is of a clean, classy car that is, if anything, possibly a bit too substantial and anonymous… which, upon further reflection, makes it quite Buick-like.
Inside, GM’s newfound parts-bin savvy takes center stage: just as the Regal was rebadged from a different market, the Verano’s interior is borrowed but not a duplicate. The seats, which are some of the best available in the compact class, are the huge, well-bolstered thrones from the LaCrosse.
So, if you were wonder what “Compact Luxury” looks and feels like, stop by your Dallas Buick Dealership, Freeman Grapevine and take one for a spin yourself!