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According to a report from Ward's Auto, General Motors will be debuting a hybrid version of the Buick Regal sedan at the Chicago Auto Show next week. The electrified Regal will use the same eAssist architecture that debuted in the LaCrosse late last year.

In the LaCrosse, eAssist accounts for a 25 percent increase in fuel economy, and we can expect similar numbers for the Regal. Currently rated at 19/30 miles per gallon city/highway with the 2.4-liter engine and six-speed automatic, adding eAssist should help the Regal reach fuel economy numbers above 35 mpg.

Unlike the LaCrosse, it's likely that the eAssist powertrain will not be the base engine in the Regal. For the 2012 model year, all LaCrosses come standard with eAssist, but we expect the Regal to use this system in a more upmarket (read: more expensive) configuration. We'll have the full details live from Chicago next week, so stay tuned.


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[Source: Ward's Auto]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Though an eAssist Regal should be a surprise to no one. It's likely to become a key Buick feature.

      http://www.cheersandgears.com/topic/75057-naias-2011-buick-what-weve-learned/
        • 4 Years Ago
        sounds good to me.

        The more hybrid tech out there, the cheaper and better it gets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would like to see what they could achieve with e-assist on a smaller engine. Say a 2.0 liter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Neat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been a Skeptic ford lover looking over the new Buick but I'm seeing some good things

      and if this E-assist can best a Fusion Hybrid. Buick just gained a Ford dude's checkbook in a used car lot in 8 years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I finally got to get up close and personal with this Regal over the weekend, and I gotta say, pics simply do not do this car justice.

      I thought it looked pretty good in photos, but it looks VERY sharp in person - great proportions and with its sloping rear greenhouse, it almost could be called a "4-door coupe" like the much hyped M-B CLS and VW CC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully the eAssist will boost the performance of the 2.4 as well as the fuel economy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd love to see a Grand National version! It should be the "poor man's" CTS-V with less weight and less flashy chrome bling crap. I actually like the looks of the Regal more than the CTS so creating a more agressive body would work great. This might compete with the new Chevy G8 sedan but not if they position the GN between the Chevy and Caddy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      eAssist architecture ??

      eAssist should go for below Cruze range or even manadatory on all cars as an option ( just a drving mode ) . Buick should push strong hybrids ( 2 mode rwd or 2 mode fwd or CS mode of Volt ).


        • 4 Years Ago
        I think we'll see eAssist available on the Verano soon enough, just not sure when they'll announce it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just launch the Regal RS already.
      • 4 Years Ago
      eAssist is the same "hybrid" system used on the Saturn Aura and Vue a few years ago. It's overly complex, expensive, and unreliable. 25% increase in fuel economy? They could have brought us the 2.0T diesel engine from the Regal's European cousin, the Opel Insignia with a 40-50% increase in fuel economy (!) for probably the same cost. This would be a much more compelling package.

      http://www.mpgomatic.com/2008/11/17/gms-opelvauxhall-insignia-49-mpg-highway/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buick isn't on the press schedule for Chicago... so someone might need to make a few phone calls.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like GM is making a push for fuel economy across the Buick line, as a differentiator versus the Caddy performance. Smart call.
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