If VIN tags recently posted online prove accurate, the 2014 Buick Verano may be getting a new base engine. Presently the Verano makes use of GM's 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine in non-turbo trim; 2014 documentation appears to indicate that GM's entry-level luxury compact will instead feature a 1.6-liter turbocharged mill.

If this is the same engine seen in Europe, GM Inside News suggests it may offer 192 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque – useful improvements over the larger naturally aspirated mill's 180 hp and 171 lb-ft. More importantly, the downsized engine would likely improve on the Verano's current fuel mileage estimates of 21 city and 31 highway.

We like the Verano in both of its current iterations, but the 1.6 turbo engine sounds like a worthwhile upgrade if this reports turns out to be true. Plus, if more performance is your bag, baby, there's always the Verano's optional 2.0 turbo engine with an impressive 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft from just 2.0 liters of displacement.


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      flynnhadskeath
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes since the 2.4 is going away. They probably can't build enough 2.5's so a 1.6 turbo should be a good fit. They must be using it some where else to like the Cruze. GM never uses an engine in just one car.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flynnhadskeath
        if my guess is right, it will replace the 2.4 in many applications [as the 1.6T has replaced the n/a engine in many Fords] and will be offered as an uplevel engine in sportier Cruzes and Sonics, and maybe a refresh of the Trax/Encore.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      What about a Cruze SS?
      brucec039
      • 2 Years Ago
      Crazy idea. Quit designing 12 versions of every low volume car so they cost more while delivering less. I doubt the $125 in gas saved a year (probably less, as Buick drivers only go to Church on Sunday) is going to win over buyers from the more powerful version that probably costs the same to make.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brucec039
        Just because you can't afford a high performance compact, doesn't mean that others who can won't buy this - sorry, Buick has a long, long history of high performance vehicles and naysayers like you can't change that no matter how many times you post ludicrous comments!
          Teleny411
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          Is this a response to my post???? I was complaining about the lack of refinement of the ecotec. I didn't mention Buick's performance roots. Plus I don't drive a compact any more my main car is a Jaguar xj8.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brucec039
        they are transitioning all engines to forced induction for the GM stable. The 2.4 will go away...
          Teleny411
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          I wish the ecotec family would go away. It's a grumbly, unrefined lump. The General could really use a new family of 4 cylinder engines to get the refinement necessary for a luxury car.
      JC
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think GM might be wasting its money on this. The majority of drivers I have seen drive the Verano are at least 60 years old. Buick has always been a "retirees" car brand and unfortunately continues to be. I bet a very very small portion will buy high performance version of this car or any Buick..
        ChaosphereIX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JC
        wow you are dead wrong. At least here in Canada, the majority of Verano drivers are new to Buick, and in their mid-30s to 50s. The most popular comment they say is 'I never even thought of a Buick before, I dont know why after driving this" The car in question was the Verano Turbo, which is getting lots of traction as a Buick for non retirees. People who would have shopped Saab 9-3s are coming to Verano Turbos and liking them. No wasting money at all, the turbo versions are getting extremely popular [our first one on the lot lasted a whole day before sold]
          toby0674
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          I'll add my two cents - I'm 38 and traded my Lexus IS for a Regal Turbo earlier this year and have never regretted it.
          Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          Why do you sound like a GM ad exec...
      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      the 2.4 will be by far more reliable an option and I am willing to bet the 1.6T will feel anemic unless you spool the turbos up, at which point you'll be burning fuel at a higher rate than the 2.4L. they could have just spend a bit on refining and improving the 2.4L to get better mpg but to switch to the 1.6t is not worth it imo. look at ford's 1.6l - it's having trouble pushig the heavy metal it's being tasked around with overheating...same fate this PSA engine will meet as well i hate puny engines with turbos that sound like a vacuum cleaner and get nothing in return for you...unless you slowpoke the thing...at 3400 lbs the best option is to spend on the 2.0L turbo - at least even without spooling up the turbo you have decent enough power for most situations
        ChaosphereIX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @leo
        I agree with some aspects of this argument, but I do not agree that the 2.4 is more economical than a turbo 1.6 with the same power. And reliability? Please, it is not 1992 anymore, turbo engines are just as reliable as n/a engines now. The Ford is a special case where they didnt design the cooling properly for that little engine. I dunno, the 1.6T in the Mini S doesn't feel anemic to me at all - same power output almost as this one. Turbos are the future - they have the torque where you want it for everyday driving - down low and at the midrange. What person on a daily basis takes their car past 4k rpm, where most n/a engines only just start hitting their stride? Nah, turbo is better, even for a bigger car.
          Teleny411
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          Wait until "the future" is ten years old... I'll be sticking to NA until I see the durability/cost effectiveness of repairs over saving a few pennies to have an overworked tiny engine with a turbo.
          sampson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          Bahaha... Turbo engines will always have more issues than NA engines... More parts more problems. Turbos run hot. Turbos put a lot of stress on the engine... I've driven only turbo engines for the past 17 years and finally had enough w their problems and switched to a NA set up.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @leo
        [blocked]
          ChaosphereIX
          • 2 Years Ago
          that is why turbos are great, and why they are transitioning. The Ecotec 2.0L, for what it is worth, is one of the most robust turbo engines I have ever worked on. Nothing went wrong on a 2003 9-3 that was in the family and it had over 300,000kms on it. Turbo still ran fine.
      napalmfire
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they got rid of the stupid chrome eyebrows on the taillights I would consider it, I just can't get over how ridiculous they make the car look though...
        ChaosphereIX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @napalmfire
        paint them then, a client did - cost almost nothing to body colour them - and the car looks great
        SpikedLemon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @napalmfire
        The old-man eyebrows?
        lethalking
        • 2 Years Ago
        @napalmfire
        eye brows? bitch thats a functional vent unlike your mommys honda civic, ****!
        to your email L
        • 2 Years Ago
        @napalmfire
        Same here and the interior is so cramped. But then again it's using the platform from the Chevy Cruze so not surprising.
      wfmsu7
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really want to like this car. It just looks too chunky and bloated. Even with the turbo, if I was planning to buy one I'd bite the bullet and spend a few grand more for the Regal, which looks much more sleek and capable.
        Andrei
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wfmsu7
        Errr... it looks good. The bloated-looking one is the Spark. This one looks like a good mix of Opel and Skoda design cues.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wfmsu7
        it is almost the opposite actually. The Regal, in non-GS guise, is a bloated and heavy car. The Verano Turbo is a svelte GS for 10-12k less
        Perplexed-Sausage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wfmsu7
        in person they really are quite diminuative. it is a luxury compact car however so it is not going to be the same proportions of a mini
      to your email L
      • 2 Years Ago
      Oh an probably no towing allowed. It'll become a wimpy car like a Hyundai or Yugo.
        SpikedLemon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @to your email L
        I've not looked at new Hyundais but my dad's Elantra Touring is tow rated.
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 2 Years Ago
        @to your email L
        Who tows with a sedan these days? Be honest? I've seen maybe one modern car pulling at trailer of any sort in the last 6 years.
          SpikedLemon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Fixitfixitstop
          I often see VW Golfs and Jettas (not the new one though) or Toyota Matrixes towing trailers.
      TBN27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am so stoked to trade up to a buick now! Maybe a verano but i am ryeing a Regal GS!
      2o6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Put this motor in the Sonic as well. Would be perfect to go against the Fiesta ST.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2o6
        agreed! A true Sonic RS, not just with a body kit. Also, the Cruze needs this engine in the RS package. GM, please listen to this. Want to compete in the performance game and not just the a--->b? Then spice up your cars with better engine choices.
      rollie
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Work" is "Force" over a "Distance". Therefor to "move" a 4k, say a mile down the road, will require x amt of force. To move said 4k car faster requires more force. To produce force requries energy. Therefor to move work faster you need more power. To produce more power you must use more energy. Small energy producers will have to "Work" harder to move the 4k car. In other words....your little engine will rev higher and have higher surface speeds than a slower engine. Translation.... little turbo engines should wear out faster if you apply the laws of physics. I may not get the same fuel milage as a turbo peanut, but the odds are I will not incure the repairs either.
        capn233
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rollie
        What laws of physics are those exactly? And what is a small energy producer? Do you mean lower displacement? The power produced is relatively proportional to the displacement and the rpm. You can either add more RPM or add more functional displacement. A turbo is the latter. If the engine is designed for positive manifold pressure you aren't going to wear out at an appreciably greater rate than practically any other engine off the showroom.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 2 Years Ago
      like it, the regular engine is gutless. Is this 1.6 at all related to the PSA 1.6T? Seems interesting GM and PSA are working together on engine development, and then the story of this 1.6T comes out...
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