Last October, GM Authority’s Buick Future Product Guide was first to report that the brand was planning to debut a Verano model with eAssist in 2013. Since then, however, the vehicle has been postponed until a 2014 debut, and a 2015 launch.
When the Verano eAssist finally reaches the market, we could expect to see GM’s new 2.5 liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to its belt-alternator starter (BAS) mild-hybrid (eAssist) setup. However, it’s unknown whether or not the mild-hybrid powertrain will become standard equipment as it did in the Verano’s larger cousins — the Regal and LaCrosse.
The GM Authority Take
We tried our best to get to the bottom of the delay, but all we got were cold stares and attempts to change the subject. However, we were told by an unrelated source that we should look at the cancellation of GM’s next-gen full-size hybrid trucks for a possible explanation.
As such, it seems to us that The General may have gotten its hands on some kind of an improved battery (or hybrid) technology, after which it reviewed its future hybrid plans and decided to postpone the release of certain future models. At least that seems to be the most plausible explanation.
Stay tuned to GM Authority as we follow this one closely.