As GM puts the finishing touches on its all-new 2.5-liter Ecotec four cylinder engine, it seems to be simultaneously fitting its aging 2.4-liter Ecotec engine with a mild hybrid system, starting with the Buick LaCrosse and Regal. But apparently, hey’re not stopping there with news that the unassisted 2.4-liter engines cradled by the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain will, in fact, feature the same electronic assistance by the 2014 model year. On a side note, expect the Buick Verano to offer eAssist as well within the same timeframe, if not sooner.
Officially, both the Buick LaCrosse and Regal eAssist feature a fuel economy rating of 36 miles per gallon on the highway, and 25 miles per gallon in the city — which is truly fantastic for cars their size. The coolest part though is that there is a minimal — if any — price premium on the configuration, which makes these systems much more attainable, and will pay off much faster.
We expect the Equinox to utilize the “Eco” designation rather than eAssist. The GMC Terrain? Probably something Professional Grade related, whatever that means these days.