General Motors is aiming to improve fuel economy performance on both the Chevrolet Equinox and the GMC Terrain by integrating the company's eAssist hybrid system, according to GM Inside News. The report cites multiple unnamed sources indicating that the hybrid crossovers will debut for the 2014 model year, and that they will utilize the same eAssist system found on sedans like the Buick Regal, Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Malibu. The system pairs a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a 15 kilowatt electric motor and a 115-volt lithium-ion battery pack.

So far, GM has priced its eAssist models identically to the company's V6 offerings. If that trend continues, buyers will have their choice of fuel-efficient crossovers without having to endure a price penalty. As you may recall, the Buick Lacrosse eAssist yields an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, which we're guessing wouldn't be too far off of what a front-wheel drive Equinox or Terrain eAssist would be capable of returning.


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      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      See if the U.S. can catch up to Brazil in fuel efficiency...install the chip that will let us use ANY bio-fuel in our vehicles too. That way we can use gasoline, ethanol, methanol, whatever....no more oil imports and no more money going to countries that hate us. Come on American car manufacturer's...GET WITH THE PROGRAM. This SHOULD have been done more than 20 years ago.....
      ammca66564
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've said it before, and I'll say it again: eAssist has hit a sweet spot on the cost/benefit curve. Cheap, effective. It'll be everywhere in the GM line-up soon. (And they are probably only just starting up the cost reduction curve on it. This, and the Malibu and the LaCrosse - they're only just starting to offer it in significant numbers. It'll get even cheaper.
      SAM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hasn't anyone ever wondered how it is that we can put men on the moon, take soil samples from Mars, have people live on a space staion for extended periods of time, send a shuttle back and forth to supply said space sation, build weapons that can destroy the world, guide a missle right through a window of a house, show an image of your house from space, harness the energy of the sun etc. but yet .... we can't make a mid size car that gets 40-45 miles per gallon? The price of automobiles has risen significantly in the last few years but not the miles per gallon. Could it be that the auto and oil industry are tightly joined at the hip? I wish that people would wise up!!!
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      2014? Isn't the system ready now?
      MaryLou
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would sure help me to get all the money I lost on the GM-----what do we get for all the shares of stock that got thrown away when they went bankrupt. Obama didn't send me a check.
      nitro54651
      • 3 Years Ago
      There would be a huge market for diesels here if our domestic automakers had the sense to build them. Add to a diesel the electric assist and see sales sky rocket. It seems the automakers go out of their way to provide cars nobody wants.
      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      "So far, GM has priced its eAssist models identically to the company's V6 offerings. If that trend continues, buyers will have their choice of fuel-efficient crossovers without having to endure a price penalty" No price penalty?????? The price of a base Lacrosse jumped $2,800 with the addition of eAssist.
        Dave
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dave
        Hopefully, with greater volume production of their eAssist system, GM will get the price down. Chevy (Malibu, Equinox) buyers will most probably be more cost sensitive than Buick buyers.
        Danaon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dave
        They didn't just add eassist. They actually added more features as standard. For example, the base LaCrosse used to come with steelies and wheel covers, now you can't get it without alloys.
      cterry877
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting. I owned several VW Rabbits in the late 70's and early 80's that got in excess of 50mpg diesel and 35 gas. Neither were dirty or polluting. Just where did this technology go? That was over 30 years ago! It's so funny, not really, to see commercials raving over 30 mpg today. One has to wonder.
      fmuddywaters
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring back the cruiser, 08, still gets 24.3 mpg,, Go GM,,
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      Scott Reid
      • 3 Years Ago
      Drove the eassit Lacrosse today at a dealer Buick Dealer Arrow In Invergrove Heights mn sweet package at a great price I'm going to buy one! The system is so simple it should have been done years ago goes like a V6 sounds like a V6 but gets great gas milage with out the nasty huge battery of a Hybrid Gm is onto something huge here.
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