The 2018 Buick LaCrosse has undergone some restructuring amid lagging sedan sales in a market hungry for crossover and utility vehicles. Buick announced the 2018 LaCrosse will arrive with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with eAssist—General Motors’ mild hybrid system.
In turn, the starting price for a 2018 Buick LaCrosse falls from $32,990 to $30,490. The 3.6-liter V6 engine is now a select option on available trims.
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder eAssist uses a compact lithium-ion battery pack to provide additional torque, regenerative braking and an enhanced stop/start system. The system is the latest generation of GM’s eAssist technology, and Buick says it provides nine percent more torque. Its compact design also does not compromise trunk space.
Buick has also expanded the availability of its all-wheel-drive system; the Essence trim can now be equipped with AWD, which previously was front-wheel drive exclusively. The latest nine-speed automatic is now standard with the 3.6-liter V6 as well. Buyers can also look forward to three new exterior colors: Satin Steel Metallic, Dark Slate Metallic and Red Quartz Tintcoat.
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse will go on sale this fall.