Those changes will include added cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring as standard equipment on the top-end version with leather seats. The same features are available on lower-end models in the “Convenience Group” package on lower-end models, which will also bring heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, power base seats and rear parking sensors.
Pricing hasn’t been announced for the 2013 Buick lineup yet, which will include a mildly updated Regal and an unchanged full-size LaCrosse becuase a refresh is expected in 2014.
When the Verano landed in the market, it stood unopposed, but Acura is unseating GM’s attempt at entry-level luxury. It’s a tough game because the brands both need to strike a balance between value for the consumer and keeping cars profitable. Adding features like blind spot monitoring will probably help Buick have the more upmarket feel Acura can currently claim.