Offer all those features in the GTC body style, and I'LL officially want this car.
But overall, THIS helps to distinguish this from the Cruze, and really justify a higher price. Along with the luxury trimmings.
If the Verano has a 1.6 SIDI turbo @ 190 hp as a base engine, it opens up some interesting posibilities for the Cruze. Chevy could use the new 2.5 litre SIDI engine from the Malibu in the LTZ. Allowing the Verano to maintain its upmarket position compaired to the Cruze. The Buick with smooth torque that makes acceleration seem effortless, and the Cruze with a more gradual acceleration that consumes more revs. Both cars would be much improved but very different.
Keep in mind that 1.6L you see for the Sonic is not a Turbo. I think it's a Mexico version along with the 1.3L TDI. Also the 1.3TDI engine has been sold in europe for the last little while.
A 1.6L Turbo is WAY too much engine for Voltec. There is however a large number of 1.6L varients in both Turbo and NA form. The ELR (not listed in this VIN card) I could see get a non-turbo 1.6L.
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My sources show the LEA 2.4L 4-cylinder as the base engine for the Verano for 2014.
I suggest you try using Premium gas, it seems to make a big difference in these engines and your turbo will be happier.
The Verano is really looking like one of the best stars in GMs lineup. If only they would fix the manual seat recline.
GM does not have the brand recognition to sell one hit numbers like Toyota/Honda has. For GM to get 3-400K units out of one model, like the Cruze, they are going to have to attract buyers with variety.
I've been driving my new Verano for a week now, and the base 2.4 I-4 is NOT hurting for power. I was (maybe) cruising I-696 2 days ago at a steady 100 and it was absolutely solid and not out of breath. I was apprehensive about the car (2 year lease, nice deal w/ the maint incl), but now understand the draw to people like me with commutes but who don't like being stuck in a penalty box. MORE power would only make the car better than it already is.
Current rides: 2014 GMC Terrain, 2011 Dodge Durango.
Past rides: 2013 Buick Verano, 2006 GTO, 2005 Vibe (best car I've ever owned), 2006 Odyssey (the worst vehicle I've ever owned), 2005 Envoy, 2002 Wrangler, 2002 S10, 2000 Sierra C1500, 1997 Sierra K1500 (2nd best car I've ever owned), 1996 Stratus, 1996 SW1 Saturn, 1994 Toyota Pickup (4x4 - 2nd worst car I've ever owned), 1992 Dakota, 1988 GMC Suburban, 1987 S10 Blazer, 1985 Scrambler, 1980 Tercel
Let me see, we might get the Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore in Canada. So, let's see if my little brain can compute: Chevrolet Cruze = 140 hp, Buick Verano = 180 hp; Chevrolet Trax = 140 hp, Buick Encore = 140 hp? No, my brain does not compute.
Well, at least it makes sense to me that Buick would have all turbos.
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