Buick LaCrosse expands its technological credentials by adding eAssist light electrification for the 2018 model.
The combination of an electric motor with Buick’s latest 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine delivers quiet, refined and spirited efficient performance backed by the value and customer experience expected of Buick.
This new eAssist system, when coupled with the four-cylinder engine, has a 19 per cent increase in city fuel economy compared to the LaCrosse’s advanced V6 and leverages a compact lithium-ion battery pack to provide select benefits found in fully electric vehicles, such as torque-assisted launch, energy-saving regenerative braking and exceptionally smooth stop/start.
It will be the standard powertrain for the 2018 LaCrosse, which goes on sale this fall.
Compared to previous Buick eAssist executions, this newest iteration is more sophisticated, powerful and compact.
With its nine per cent increase in overall torque, drivers get the responsiveness expected from a full-size sedan. In addition, the newest eAssist system is discreetly packaged to maintain the LaCrosse’s fold-down rear seat and ample trunk space.
The new standard 2.5-litre four-cylinder with eAssist is the perfect complement to the powerful V6 that launched on the 2017 LaCrosse last September.
Other notable updates to the 2018 Buick LaCrosse include expanded availability of AWD and an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission for V6 models that will provide customers with a smooth and refined shifting experience.
By this time next year, five Buick models will offer this advanced transmission.
In response to customer demand, Buick’s intelligent AWD with active twin clutch is now available on the Essence trim level.