Buick's heavily altered 2017 Buick LaCrosse was a likeable vehicle when it was rolled out last year, however the declining passenger car market affected the overall appeal of the vehicle especially the full-sizer's standard feature and efficiency. Sales went downhill due to this reason. Now the American automaker is rebounding by revealing that the 2018 LaCrosse will have a tempting upgrade to offer in the form of eAssist mild hybrid system and new transmission in V6 powered models in hopes of attracting more customers into the showroom.
The newest 2018 Buick LaCrosse is geared with a 2.5 L 4-cylinder with an eAssist mild hybrid as the vehicle's standard powertrain. In an economical move, the price will be slashed from $32,990 to $30,490 for the existing sedan that is equipped with the 3.6 L V6 engine. The hybrid model will be available at showrooms this coming fall. The American car maker is still mum on the specific details regarding the hybrid LaCrosse's output.
But Buick commented that the powertrain is expected to upgrade the sedan's fuel economy in the city by about 19 percent which will allow it an estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon in the highway. The hybrid sedan's 2.5 L 4-cylinder utilizes a motor generator unit that takes the place of a conventional alternator, and a 0.45 kW-hour lithium-ion battery stocks energy for the system.
Combined, the powertrain will produce around 194hp and 187 lb-ft of torque. The said powertrain supports stop/start, and its electrification provides an extra push of torque off the line. An impressive regenerative braking holds the system topped up. The American automaker also equipped active shutters in the upper and lower front areas to further enhance fuel economy.
Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Global Buick and GMC, said that by further adding the eAssist feature to the 2018 LaCrosse, the brand’s tech flagship, the company is making electrification available to clients it charts its course to the future of mobility. Furthermore, small upgrades will be expected elsewhere in the lineup. As of now, the 3.6 L V6 will be now paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox in place of the existing eight-speed transmission.
The American automaker will not reveal more how this will directly influence the hybrid sedan's fuel economy yet. For the Essense trim level, all-wheel drive will now be offered as an alternative. Buick will also present 3 more exterior colors including Red Quartz Tintcoat, Satin Steel Metallic and Dark Slate Metallic. The American automaker revealed the latest-gen LaCrosse at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 3.6 L V6 that is capable to produce around 305hp (227 kW) has only been the sole engine choice in the United States, but in China they are able to opt for a 1.8 L four-cylinder.