Buick LaCrosse Hybrid EV Goes on Sale in China
Yesterday the Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) was launched in China, after having debuted earlier this past April at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. The new eco-friendly model is priced to start at RMB 275,800, with top-of-the-line models costing RMB 305,800.
That range is roughly equivalent to $41,309 USD to $45,802 USD.
Buick is touting the new LaCrosse HEV as a segment fuel efficiency leader for the luxury brand. The vehicle is equipped with a 1.8-liter SIDI engine paired with an electric variable transmission and a 1.5-kWh high-performance lithium-ion battery unit. That powertrain uses of 4.7 liters of fuel per every 100 kilometers—which is equal to 1.24 gallons of gas used for every 62 miles.
According to GM, that represents a 35% improvement in efficiency over the outgoing LaCrosse eAssist.
In addition to its efficiency, the new Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle also yields a respectable acceleration rate of 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds (essentially equivalent to a 0-60 mph time).
“GM’s leadership in electrification technologies, now and in the future, are coming to Buick in China,” Larry Nitz, GM executive director of Global Propulsion Systems, said at the time of the vehicle’s premiere. “In fact, over the next five years, we will roll out more than 10 new energy vehicles in China, including several models for Buick. That includes full hybrids, plug-in hybrids and extended-range electric vehicles.”
Chinese drivers who purchase the new LaCrosse HEV will receive with it a three-year or 100,000-km vehicle warranty, an eight-year or 160,000-km warranty for essential components (including the electric drivetrain/control system and batteries), three years or 60,000 km of free maintenance service, and three years of a Buick Owners’ Club gold membership card.
Buick has yet to announce any plans for bringing the LaCrosse Hybrid to the US market, where the V6 version remains the only option available to American drivers.