Buick To Create GS Version of Verano

The Buick Verano was just shown at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, but rumors are already spreading that a high-performance GS version might be in the cards. That being said, the automaker has only confirmed the standard version at this point.

The good folks at egmCarTech had a chance to talk with Ed Welburn, vice president of global design at GM and he stated that there is a good chance more versions of the Verano would appear in the near future.

“We are doing many different things here at GM and we are toying with the idea of a Verano GS,” said Welburn when asked about the possibility of there being a Verano GS.

Welburn went as far as to say that Buick has even begun to design the Verano GS, but the company is going to wait to gauge interest in the standard model before producing any variations.

The Regal GS, the Verano's older brother, will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. The engine will put out 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Many expect this sedan to hit 60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds.

The website also discussed the possibility of a hybrid Verano to compete with Lexus and the other hybrid-loving luxury brands. Welburn said that the Verano Hybrid is being considered, but nothing official would come out anytime soon.

The base Verano will feature a 2.4-liter 177 horsepower four-cylinder engine that will be connected to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Buick is hoping to get 31 miles per gallon out of the standard model.

The sedan will also be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 220 horsepower with the same transmission options. It seems that the old Buick – the ones that sold to the elderly – are history, as Buick is turning a corner to become exciting once again, except for the Lucerne, which remains dull.

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