2012 Buick Regal eAssist
  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist
  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist

  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist
  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist

  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist
  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist

  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist
  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist

  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist
  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist

  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist
  • 2012 Buick Regal eAssist

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Buick will launch two new Regal models for the 2012 model year, one focused on efficiency, the other on performance. The Regal eAssist uses General Motors' new mild-hybrid technology to deliver up to 36 miles per gallon on the highway (25 mpg in the city), and the Regal GS ups the sedan's performance prowess.

When it hits dealerships, the 2012 Regal eAssist will be priced from $29,530, including $860 in destination charges. The eAssist option is available as a $2,000 option on the base Regal, and GM will continue to offer both the standard 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine in the car, as well as the 2.0-liter turbocharged unit.

2012 Buick Regal GSThe 2012 Regal GS will be the top model in the sedan's range, with pricing starting at $35,310 (also including the $860 destination charge). For the GS, Buick has boosted the output of its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, producing 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque in this application. The Regal GS will launch exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, though a six-speed automatic unit will be available later in the model year.

Both the eAssist and GS models will arrive at Buick dealerships in the fall. Follow the jump for GM's official pricing release.
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2012 Buick Regal eAssist and GS Pricing Announced

Arrival of fuel-efficient eAssist and performance-oriented GS broaden Regal's reach


DETROIT – Buick's Regal offerings will double this fall, with the arrival of the new technologically advanced 2012 Regal with eAssist and the performance-oriented 2012 Regal GS, which are expected to broaden the appeal of the hot-selling midsize luxury sport sedan.

Regal with eAssist will start at $29,530, and Regal GS will start at $35,310; both prices include $860 in destination charges. The eAssist system is a $2,000 option on the Regal base model, mated to a 2.4L Ecotec engine. Buick will continue to offer the base model without eAssist as well as the 2.0L turbo.

"Regal with eAssist and Regal GS offer distinct advantages to midsize luxury sport sedan customers," said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. "The eAssist's advanced technology delivers the most fuel-efficient option, while the high-output GS is the sportiest expression of Regal to date."

Regal with eAssist uses a variety of advanced technologies and body enhancements to deliver an EPA-rated 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, the latter being unsurpassed by the higher-priced Lexus HS Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. With gas prices near $4 a gallon, the option on Regal should pay for itself in about 3 ½ years.

The fuel economy boost that Regal with eAssist offers comes from pairing the direct-injected 2.4L four-cylinder Ecotec engine with a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery system and electric motor-generator that enables regenerative braking capability. This "light electrification" system also is available on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Standard features with the eAssist system include driver-selectable, fuel economy-optimizing mode for the air conditioning system, enabling more frequent and longer-duration engine stop periods; ECO gauge on the instrument panel that continuously responds to driving behavior, enabling the driver to drive with greater efficiency; and powerflow readout in the color infotainment or driver information center that shows the flow of energy through the electric assist system, such as battery charging from regeneration and electric power directed to the engine.

Regal GS has been SAE-certified to deliver 270 horsepower (201kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400Nm). Its exclusive Ecotec 2.0L direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers more torque than Acura TSX V-6, Audi A4 Sport, Lexus IS 250 and Volvo S60 T5. Torque is the twisting force that gets a vehicle moving and what the driver feels when accelerating.

The GS's engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, and gets an estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway. A six-speed automatic transmission will be available later in the model year. The GS powertrain is covered by a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Regal GS also features push-button start; a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom sport steering wheel with audio controls; metal sport pedals; and leather-appointed, heated and 12-way adjustable sport seating. A Harman Kardon premium 336-watt, 5.1 Matrix Surround Sound system with nine speakers is also standard.

Regal GS is also equipped with an Interactive Drive Control System, which adapts damping and other driving functions that allows the driver to choose a standard adaptive setting, a Sport mode, and a GS mode, which is tuned for those who enjoy a higher level of ride and handling performance.

Other standard features on Regal GS include front and rear ultrasonic parking assist, a 120-volt accessory power outlet, Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, and 19-inch alloy wheels; 20-inch polished alloys with summer-only performance tires are available.

Later in the year, Regal GS and Regal with eAssist both will come with standard Buick IntelliLink, which uses Bluetooth or USB to connect the driver's smartphone to a new 7-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display radio. IntelliLink expands on Buick's current Bluetooth and USB capabilities to allow smartphone control via voice activation and steering wheel-mounted controls. It also enables streaming stereo audio from the phone through services like PANDORA® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®.

Most important, Buick IntelliLink enables seamless integration of stowed portable devices with each vehicle's infotainment system, allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

"As is the case on all Regal models, the GS and eAssist offer the winning combination of advanced technology, no-compromise driving performance, luxurious style and passenger comfort that make Buick one of the fastest growing automotive brands in North America," DiSalle said.


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      usbseawolf2000
      • 3 Years Ago
      As big and heavy it may be, it still weight less than the Chevy Volt.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      not green. at all
        Mallard
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        How so? Show me another mid-size sedan that that can get 36 mpg on the freeway.
          Mallard
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mallard
          To me the main principals of being green are Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, and this car does all three. It reduces by using this technology for a 12.5% improvement in highway fuel economy; it reuses by using a motor/generator to convert waste energy from the ICE into electricity and storing it on the LiIon battery, which gets used for e-assist and during start-stop; and it recycles by using regen braking. This car may not be a full-blown electric, or hybrid, but it most certainly is green.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mallard
          it's a heavy car with poor aerodynamics running entirely on fossil fuel. it's not green. it's not a relative term. doesn't matter if all other cars in the world were hummers. it would still not be green. not even a little.
          Mallard
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mallard
          The Elantra is Chevy Cruze sized, the Fusion is less than $1k difference MSRP, the Passat costs just as much in equal trim levels and gets worse gas mileage on every model except the TDi, the Sonata Hybrid doesn't handle as well and I'll never buy a Korean car. Sure, there are some cars may get higher mileage, but most mid sized cars will get worse. And of the cars that get higher MPG, how many of them are fun to drive, entry level luxuy sport sedans? Most of the cars you listed drive like giant marshmellows. Please, oh please, explain to me why a 36 HWY MPG mid sized sport sedan is "not green. at all." Mild hybrids have their place, and no company besides GM has such an advanced mild hybrid system. I swear, sometimes I read the comments on this site and hear the Simpson's Comic Book Guy's voice in my head; "Worst.Hyrbid.Ever." It's like no one's ever satisfied until we're all driving soulless appliances that run on angel farts.
          paulwesterberg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mallard
          Ford fusion hybrid, costs less and gets 41mpg city. Also: Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Volkswagen Passat Hyundai Elantra
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mallard
          Mallard, no, green is if it is environmentally viable. this Buick will make global warming much worse than it is. it's just not green
      GeorgeS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone suggested e assist in the Cruze (john1701 I think). It would be interesting to see how it's 40 MPG rating improved w/ that addition....it might make for a pretty economical car w/ good MPG.
        sossegado001
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GeorgeS
        eAssist improves fuel economy by 25-30%, so we sould see a 50mpg Cruze Eco!
      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Autoblog Green should start a policy where no passenger car that gets less than 30 mpg EPA combined (weighs city 60%, highway 40%) is featured in the section. The eAssist falls short by 1 mpg. The GS is a long way off.