The new 2012 Buick Verano has just emerged on the market horizon, but, already, we have news of a hybrid version in the works, though the green compact sedan isn’t expected to be launched until 2015. That’s the ponytail-friendly Verano, as we should all be aware of by now.
The juicy tidbit was revealed by a post on Automotive News, which shows a list of the suppliers for the 2012 Buick Verano. According to the supplier list for the 2012 Verano, there are going to be four powertrains available for the car between now and 2020.
There will be three gasoline burners: a 2.0-liter available the entire time and a 2.4-liter that fades out in 2015 in favor of a 2.5-liter.
Also in 2015, the 2.5-liter hybrid becomes available. This is all based on information taken from the Supplier Business trade magazine.
There has never been an official mention of an eAssist Verano, which is GM’s favored green touch today. We’ll have to see if GM opts to give the Verano an mpg-boosting shot in the arm between now and 2015, but what we’re looking at here appears to be a full hybrid setup.
In the new hybrid Malibu the eAssist system delivers fuel economy of 26/38-mpg. In a smaller car, look for city mileage to approach 30-mpg, with a 40-mpg rating at least.
Have your heart set on a hybrid compact Buick, but don’t have the funds? Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to save up, with the car not set to arrive until 2015.