2012 Buick Regal Gets A Hybrid Upgrade

Already slated for the 2012 Lacrosse, Buick will now bring its eAssist hybrid technology to the 2012 Regal. The company said eAssist will boost the car’s mileage by 25 percent over the 2011 four-cylinder/six-speed powertrain Regal, giving it fuel-economy ratings of 26 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway, pending EPA certification.

According to Buick, which announced the move at the recent Chicago Auto Show, the eAssist Regal will use a 115 volt lithium-ion battery and a 15-kilowatt motor/generator along with regenerative braking “to provide needed electrical boost in various driving scenarios, optimizing engine and transmission operation.” Buick said that with the resulting higher mileage, the 2012 Regal soundly beats counterparts, and specifically note that the Acura TSX gets 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

2012 Buick Regal, eAssist

image via Buick

“Buick’s eAssist technology means customers don’t have to trade a premium driving experience for efficiency,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing. “We believe Regal and LaCrosse with eAssist provide more logical and affordable choices, compared to other hybrid midsize and full-size luxury sedans.”

The five-passenger hybrid Regal, manufactured in Oshawa, Ontario, is expected to be available in the fall. Pricing was not mentioned in the announcement.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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