Marking a second application for its e-Assist hybrid system, General Motors will debut a hybrid Buick Regal at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show next week. The Buick Regal e-Assist will use the same powertrain setup as the 2012 Buick LaCrosse e-Assist and will arrive in dealerships this summer.
However, unlike the LaCrosse e-Assist, Gm is not expected to offer the Regal e-Assist as the base powertrain model.
“It’s a cost issue,” GM insiders told WardsAuto.
In the Buick LaCrosse e-Assist, power comes from a 180-hp 2.4L Ecotec direct-injection 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. An advanced 115V lithium-ion battery and a 15-kW motor-generator unit help increase fuel economy through, regenerative braking, providing up to 15-hp of electric power assistance during acceleration, automatic engine shut-off when the vehicle is stopped and fuel cut-off during deceleration down to zero vehicle speed.
Refresher: The 2011 Buick Regal is available in two options including a 182-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder and a 220-hp 2.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged. Estimated fuel-economy for the non-turbocharged model comes in at 20/30 mpg (city/highway). The 2011 Regal will be built in Russelsheim, Germany, giving it the handling and dynamics of a premium European sport sedan. Prices start at $26,995 for the CXL trim.
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