According to Buick’s new 2012 VIN cards that appeared on several websites earlier this week, the Verano compact sedan will exchange its base Ecotec 2.4-liter engine with a new 1.6-liter turbo engine.
Wearing the RPO code (internal codes at GM) of LVP, the engine is listed as a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. The 1.6-liter displacement is not new for GM, as the company’s European subsidiary has utilized Ecotec 1.6-liters for several years. On the other hand, GM has confirmed in the past that this displacement would arrive in North America in the future.
In Europe, the 1.6-liter turbo produces about 192 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. If the new engine generates similar figures in the Verano, the 1.6-liter turbo would be successfully replacing today’s 2.4-liter, which produces 180 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque.
Taking into account that the turbo unit generates nearly all of its torque at around 1,900 rpm, the 1.6-liter is no doubt a better choice for the Verano. The 2.4-liter engine has been criticised for its consumption, rated at 21/31 mpg for city and highway, respectively.
Other than the new, 1.6-liter engine, no other significant changes are expected on the 2014 Verano at this time. The car will also keep its recently-added 2.0-liter turbo for higher end trim options.