After we saw that the 2012 Buick Regal was priced at $35,310, General Motors also announced today that the 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist will be priced from $29,530, including the $860 destination charge. For those who don’t know, the eAssist system is a $2,000 option on the Regal base model. If you don’t want this option, Buick will continue to offer for you the base model without eAssist as well as the 2.0L turbo.
The 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist will be capable to deliver an EPA-rated fuel consumption of 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. This means that the 2012 Regal with eAssist is more fuel-efficient than the higher-priced Lexus HS Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
With gas prices near $4 a gallon, the option on Regal should pay for itself in about 3 ½ years. “Regal with eAssist and Regal GS offer distinct advantages to midsize luxury sport sedan customers,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. “The eAssist’s advanced technology delivers the most fuel-efficient option, while the high-output GS is the sportiest expression of Regal to date.”
The vehicle is powered by a direct-injected 2.4L four-cylinder Ecotec engine with a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery system and electric motor-generator that enables regenerative braking capability.
Some of the standard features found on the eAssist system include driver-selectable, fuel economy-optimizing mode for the air conditioning system, enabling more frequent and longer-duration engine stop periods; ECO gauge on the instrument panel that continuously responds to driving behavior, enabling the driver to drive with greater efficiency; and powerflow readout in the color infotainment or driver information center that shows the flow of energy through the electric assist system, such as battery charging from regeneration and electric power directed to the engine.
The 2012 Regal with eAssist will also be available as standard, later in 2012, with the Buick IntelliLink, which uses Bluetooth or USB to connect the driver’s smartphone to a new 7-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display radio.