Detroit automaker Buick and GMC today announced that the Buick LaCrosse is set to be fitted with eAssist light electrification motor for the 2018 model.
The upgraded system is designed to work hand in hand with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, and drivers can expect to see a 19 percent boost in city fuel economy over the LaCrosse’s advanced V-6.
The new system, which features a compact lithium-ion battery pack, also delivers several features found in fully electric vehicles, including torque-assisted launch and energy-saving regenerative braking.
“Executing innovative technologies in an approachable and meaningful way is core to Buick,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president for Buick and GMC. “By adding the eAssist system to the LaCrosse, our technology flagship, we are making electrification accessible to our customers as we chart our course to the future of mobility.”
In addition to light electrification, Buick also announced they are taking steps to improve the V-6 model LaCrosse. They plan to offer a nine-speed automatic transmission to enhance shifting experience, and expand the availability of all-wheel-drive.
In September, the overhauled V-4 model with light electrification will serve as the standard powertrain model for the 2018 LaCrosse. The vehicle’s starting price is expected to be lowered to $30,490.