2012 Buick Regal eAssist: 26 MPG in City, Highway More
The eAssist feature was first shown on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year. It was during this time that the automaker announced that it would be used across the range and for good reason. This 2012 Buick Regal eAssist, which will be shown at the Chicago Auto Show, is able to achieve 26 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
The eAssist feature uses a 15-horsepower electric motor that kicks in during acceleration to aid the 2.4-liter four-cylinder. This system will be connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, while total power output is 182 horsepower. When one combines this with the Regal’s start/stop feature and regenerative braking, the efficiency becomes worth the extra coin that this Buick will most likely command.
The Regal eAssist comes with a lithium-ion battery pack in the compartment between the rear seat and the trunk. It tips the scales at only 65 pounds, but trunk space is reduced slightly by the batteries presence.
"Buick's eAssist technology means customers don't have to trade a premium driving experience for efficiency," said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing. "We believe Regal and LaCrosse with eAssist provide more logical and affordable choices, compared to other hybrid midsize and full-size luxury sedans."
The 2012 Buick Regal eAssist will come standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, an eco mode for the air conditioning system, an eco gauge, improved aerodynamics, and a powerflow readout on the navigation screen.
Where as the 2012 LaCrosse will come standard with this feature, it will be an option on the Regal. Buick sees this technology as just another version in the family that consists of the Regal Turbo and the GS.
Be sure to check out the gallery of the Buick Regal eAssist.
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