Buick announced pricing today for the 2012 Regal with eAssist, starting at $29,530, and the 2012 Regal GS starting at $35,310 including destination charges.
The 2012 Regal with eAssist comes from pairing the direct-injected 2.4L four-cylinder Ecotec engine with a lithium ion battery system and electric motor-generator that enables regenerative braking capability. The Regal GS offers 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque while still delivering an estimated 27 mpg on the highway.
General Motors' second-generation mild hybrid technology, which improves mileage by 25 percent, will be used in upcoming Buick Regal model and potentially other cars.
General Motors announced that the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist will be priced starting at $29,960 before an $860 destination charge.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is a competent highway cruiser with a good baseline of cabin tech, but its eAssist mild-hybrid system doesn't really deliver the miles per gallon.
Buick's new eAssist mild hybrid system comes as a standard feature on the new LaCrosse, giving this full-size luxury sedan fuel economy in the 30s.
For the 2012 LaCrosse, Buick makes its eAssist mild hybrid system standard, increasing overall fuel economy by 26 percent.