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Buick LaCrosse eAssist 2012: charged from $ 35,415

Of uncompromising performance and better fuel economy for the luxury sedan thanks to the technology.

Buick LaCrosse with eAssist ™ 2012, which should reduce consumption by 21 percent compared to the current 4-cylinder model will have a starting MSRP is $ 35,415.

"The LaCrosse with eAssist represents the ideal choice for Canadians who want to reduce their fuel consumption without sacrificing the dynamism and comfort that make Buick brand accusing the fastest growing in North America, stated Marc Comeau, vice Canadian-president of Buick marketing. "

LaCrosse with eAssist uses a variety of technologies and an improvement in the body that allow it to offer a fuel consumption on highway 5.4 L per 100 km, greater than or equal to the Lexus HS Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, as well as non-hybrids like the Acura TL, Lexus ES350 and Lincoln MKS. The eAssist powertrain will power the LaCrosse in Canada when it goes on sale in late summer.

This improved fuel efficiency offered by the LaCrosse with eAssist system from a lithium-ion battery and an electric motor generator has a state of the art technique that allows the recovery of braking energy. This system has "mild electrification" will also be available on the 2012 Buick Regal later this year. While the eAssist system is the optional powertrain in Canada, a new, more powerful and more efficient version of the 3.6L V6 engine has direct injection and E85 capabilities with variable valve timing is now proposed serial no extra charge. The model 3.6L FWD is a certified SAE 303 hp (226 kW) - an improvement of 23 hp - and torque of 358 Nm (264 lb-ft). The version integrale traction, with rated power has not yet been determined, is also available.

The new 3.6L engine has cylinder head and integrated exhaust manifold and intake manifold composite has reduced her weight over 9 kg (20 lb), or of increased power without loss of fuel efficiency. The direct injection engine warms up faster thereby reducing the unburned than 25 percent of hydrocarbon emission.

Additional new features for the 2012 series are characterized by climate controls two zones, alloy wheels 17-inch, a DIC color and USB connectivity.

Later in the year, the LaCrosse with eAssist will be equipped in series of Buick IntelliLink, a system that uses Bluetooth or USB to connect the driver's smart phone has a new 8-inch touch screen, high resolution and color. The IntelliLink system improves the current Bluetooth and USB capabilities of Buick models and allows to control smart phones using a voice command and steering wheel mounted controls. It also enables streaming stereo audio from the phone through services like Stitcher SmartRadio ®.

In addition, Buick IntelliLink provides uniform integration of portable devices with the infotainment system of each vehicle, allowing drivers to keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

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