Buick will reportedly get an electric SUV based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
With the small Encore (pictured) leading the way, Buick has found great sales success with its lineup of crossovers, and the company is likely betting that an electric model will increase its fortunes even further.
A source that attended a focus group for the new Buick EV crossover revealed to InsideEVs that the model looked “next-generation Buick Encore-like” but featured the same specs and 60 kWh battery as the Bolt. He was quoted as saying:
“They asked questions like: “Does this look like an SUV to you?” and “Does this change your opinion of Buick?” Most people thought Bolt EV and the Buick were different vehicle types, some completely trashed Bolt EV and loved the Buick, so I guess the designers did a good job. The proportions on the Buick look very similar to an Encore or Trax.”
As a result of sharing its mechanicals with the Bolt, the Buick EV crossover will have the same exterior dimensions as the electric Chevy hatchback, but with an extra 3-inches of rear legroom. The slight increase in size will make it tad bit slower in acceleration.
Being a crossover and offering more premium features like power controls and a larger center touch screen means it will also be about $3,000 more than the Bolt.
It wasn’t revealed when the new Buick EV crossover will be introduced.
Buick LaCrosse Gets Avenir Treatment, Looks Good
Like the Enclave crossover, the Buick LaCrosse sedan has received the Avenir treatment, offering another level of style and substance for buyers looking for a more luxurious LaCrosse.
On the outside, the Buick LaCrosse Avenir sets itself apart from the lesser LaCrosse trims with a unique three-dimensional mesh upper and lower grille with chrome wings, script badging on the front doors, and 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels. 20-inch Midnight Silver wheels are optional.
The interior boasts a Chestnut-color upholstery, embroidered first-row headrests and Avenir-scripted sill plates. Many of the optional features on the regular model, including navigation, a panoramic moonroof, and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound premium audio, are standard on the LaCrosse Avenir.
While the base LaCrosse is now only offered as a hybrid, the Avenir model comes standard with the 310-horsepower V6 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available at an extra cost.
Buyers can also opt for the Dynamic Drive package, which adds a variable suspension and a suite of electronic driving and safety aids.
According to Buick vice president Duncan Aldred, “Nine out of ten LaCrosse buyers are choosing one of the top two trim levels — customers are signaling they want more from Buick,” justifying the LaCrosse Avenir’s existence.
Expect to pay at least $40,000 in the United States for one.
Do you find it appealing?
New, 2018 Buick Regal GS Packs More Power, Better Than Before
General Motors has revealed the all-new, 2018 Buick Regal GS, and it’s a notable improvement over the previous model.
Starting with power, the performance-tuned Regal is propelled by a retuned 3.6-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque, an extra 51HP over the previous Regal’s V6 and, according to GM, more power than an Acura TLX A-Spec or Lexus IS350 F-Sport.
A nine-speed automatic transmission transmits that power to the ground with the aid of an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that’s been tuned specifically for the GS, featuring active twin clutches that specifically manage torque split between the rear wheels.
Other notable performance highlights include Buick’s second-generation Continuous Damping Control, which can adjust damping up to 500 times per second while allowing the driver to change suspension modes from h to Sport or GS at the push of a button. Standard Brembo brakes ensure shorter stopping distances than before.
Cosmetically, the new, 2018 Buick Regal GS has a more aggressive front fascia characterized by a sportier bumper and larger air intakes, while the side boasts larger side skirts and wheel wells filled with standard 19-inch black alloy wheels covering red brake calipers.
The interior houses a flat-bottom steering wheel; AGR-certified performance seats with heating, cooling and massaging functions; bespoke pedals; and two eight-inch displays, one for the infotainment system and the other for the instrument cluster.
In the United States, the 2018 Buick Regal GS starts at $39,990 (including freight), a price point that undercuts rivals from BMW and Audi.
Do you like the Buick Regal GS? Do you want it?
2018 Buick LaCrosse Gets eAssist Mild Hybrid System
Will you look at what’s back from the dead — General Motor’s eAssist mild hybrid system, a new version of which will be offered with the 2018 Buick LaCrosse.
Combining an electric motor with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, eAssist comes standard and improves the LaCrosse’s city fuel economy by 19 percent compared to the V6 powered LaCrosse and, according to Buick, is more sophisticated, powerful and compact than the old system.
It also improves overall torque by 9 percent and, unlike its predecessor, has been packaged in a way that allows the LaCrosse to maintain its fold-down rear seat.
Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC, stated:
“Executing innovative technologies in an approachable and meaningful way is core to Buick. 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.”
eAssist mild hybrid system aside, other updates received by the 2018 LaCrosse includes optional all-wheel drive and an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission for V6 models. Buyers will also have the choice of three new exterior color options: Satin Steel Metallic, Dark Slate Metallic and Red Quartz Tintcoat.
With the addition of eAssist as a standard feature, you would think the 2018 Buick LaCrosse would cost more than the previous model. Nope! It has a lower starting price of $30,490 in the United States.