Buick is adding a new electrified model to the 2018 Buick LaCrosse lineup with the release of the new eAssist hybrid version. The new eAssist system combines an electric motor with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine to give the LaCrosse a 19 percent increase in city fuel economy compared to the V6 powered LaCrosse.

The new eAssist system will be the standard powertrain on the 2018 LaCrosse. Compared to previous Buick eAssist models, Buick says that this newest iteration is more sophisticated, powerful and compact. It has a 9 percent increase in overall torque and the newest eAssist system has been re-packaged to maintain the LaCrosse’s fold-down rear seat.

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“Executing innovative technologies in an approachable and meaningful way is core to Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. “By adding the eAssist system to the LaCrosse, our technology flagship, we are making electrification accessible to our customers as we chart our course to the future of mobility.”

Other updates for the 2018 LaCrosse, includes optional all-wheel drive and an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission for V-6 models. The 2018 Buick LaCrosse will have three new exterior color options: Satin Steel Metallic, Dark Slate Metallic and Red Quartz Tintcoat. Pricing for the 2018 LaCrosse now starts at a lower price, at $30,490.

Source: Buick