Buick has just dropped pricing details on the new 2012 Regal eAssist, which will hit dealerships later this fall along with the high-performance Regal GS. Prices for the 2012 Buick Regal eAssist will start at $29,530, making the eAssist system a $2,000 option on the Regal base model, mated to a 2.4L Ecotec engine. Buick said it 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.”
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Power for the 2012 Buick Regal eAssist comes from a 2.4L Ecotec direct-injected 4-cylinder engine and a next-generation Hydra-Matic 6T40 6-speed automatic transmission. The system is mated to GM’s eAssist system, which uses power stored in a 115V lithium-ion battery battery to provide some electrified boost in different driving situations. Fuel-economy is increased with the help of a 15 kW induction motor generator, regenerative braking, automatic engine shut-off and aggressive fuel cut-off during deceleration.
Fuel-economy figures? The 2012 Buick Regal eAssist manages an EPA-rater 25 / 36 mpg (city/hgihway). GM says that with gas prices near $4 a gallon, the option on Regal should pay for itself in about 3 ½ years.
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– By: Omar Rana