General Motors will introduce its new compact Buick, the Verano, in mid-January at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and debut the car for sale in the United States toward the end of this year.
The Verano will be offered with a 177-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The car is expected to get 31 miles per gallon in highway driving, according to GM.
“It is a smart choice that delivers unexpected luxury in a compact sedan — and it will compete head-to-head with competitors from Audi and Lexus.” John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing, said in a GM press release.
The Verano, designed to compete against the Audi A3 and Lexus IS 250, looks similar to the Buick Regal but is about 10 inches shorter. Buick re-introduced the Regal in 2011 after discontinuing the brand in 2004.