Buick announced that it had priced its latest LaCrosse CX model. This statement was given by product marketing director for Buick, Craig Bierley. At the heart of the LaCrosse CX is the 4-cylinder direct injected Ecotec 2.4L engine.
Now more fuel-efficient, the Ecotec 2.4L remains the third choice for the luxury 2010 Buick LaCrosse sedan. It is supported with the six-speed automatic transmission that when combined with the powertrain has a fuel economy rating of 30 mpg for highway and 20 mpg for city.
Truly the LaCrosse is the most fuel efficient for its class. With this announcement, the Ecotec 2.4L is now officially part of the 2010 first quarter lineup for the LaCrosse CX. The direct injection technology allows the engine to give a power output of 182 horsepower or 136 kW with a maximum torque of 172 lb.-ft. or around 233 Nm.
Bierley shares that while customers are already drawn to the amazing design and plush interior, the fuel-conscious among them now have an additional reason to go for the Ecotec 2.4L which is not available in other brands.
The company in fact expects that an estimated 25% of customers are likely to go for the Ecotec 2.4L model. The technology utilized by the engine injects fuel straight to the combustion chamber allowing for a much higher compression ratio resulting in higher efficiency and increased horsepower.
Thus, more power is generated but the fuel and emissions remain low. The direct injection can even reduce the emissions generated by a cold-start by as much as 25%. Due to the tuning done by engineers on the Ecotec 2.4L, it is also able to give higher torque even at low rpm in order to build to a 4,900 rpm peak.
What this means is that the LaCrosse CX is the best car to use in any driving condition. All the engines in Buick’s LaCrosse lineup have the direct injection which is paired with the six-speed automatic transmission.
In addition to the Ecotec 2.4L, Buick is also offering the 3.0L V-6 and the more powerful and larger-displacement 3.6L V-6. The Ecotec 2.4L is priced at $26,995, which already includes a destination charge of $750.
Buick discloses that sales for the LaCrosse have been up 238% compared to the same period last year when the previous model was winding down its sales. November retail sales for the Buick increased by 14.8% while sales to individual customers also increased 33%.