The 2017 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) has made its world debut in China, and aims to be one of the most fuel efficient full size vehicles that has ever emerged out of the Buick portfolio. The new LaCrosse HEV can be found at the Buick stand at Auto China 2016 in Beijing, which begins on April 25. Beijing is home to roughly 20 million people.
“GM’s leadership in electrification technologies, now and in the future, are coming to Buick in China,” said Larry Nitz, GM executive director of Global Propulsion Systems, at the event. “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.”
Sounds like the General will be quite busy over the next five years. But before we get caught up in the excitement of what may come, let’s take a look at what we have at the moment.
The LaCrosse HEV offers a fuel economy of 4.7L/100 km, which is directly converted to 60 mpg. That’s undeniably great mileage for a full-sized luxury sedan. The 2017 LaCrosse HEV is powered by a 1.8L SIDI engine that’s paired with an electric variable transmission and a 1.5-kWh high-performance lithium battery unit. Innovative features include an electronic climate control compressor, electronic power steering, exhaust thermal energy recycling, and an active grille that opens and closes, all work to maximize efficiency.
All these green goodies translate into a 35 percent decrease in fuel consumption when compared to the current/outgoing LaCrosse eAssist. On the performance end, the new LaCrosse HEV is still able to get up to 60 miles per hour in a respectable 8.9 seconds. No, it’s not quick by any means, but you normally do not buy an HEV to go fast.
The car is a major component of SAIC-GM’s Drive to Green strategy and can be identified by the all-new “Buick Blue” logo, next to the rear taillight. We expect more details, such as pricing, to be announced soon. As for a North American confirmation, well, we await that also.