For the 2018 model year, the Buick car maker is going to surprise us all with some novelties in its well-know LaCrosse sedan. Precisely, it will present a hybrid version of this model which will hit the market as the 2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid.
In fact, the Company will add mild electrification to the traditional engine which will now provide more torque and much better fuel economy results. This is going to be the base unit of the upcoming Buick. However, for all the fans of the traditional setup, it will also be available with a gasoline V-6 engine. Besides the new powertrain, there will be some new shades for the exterior. Furthermore, we can expect more affordable price too. As well, we will see some upgrades considering tech features.
The main competitors of the new Buick Hybrid will be Lexus ES Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.
2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid engine and performance
Under the hood of the new 2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid will be placed a new mild hybrid unit. It will be a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with a small electric motor and a 0.45 kWh battery. The battery has also been repacked ii order to be more compact. All together, they will be able to develop 194 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed automatic transmission will be the only choice.
The fuel efficiency will be also much improved too; it gets 25 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined.
For the Chinese market, the Company will continue to sell it with a 1.8-liter inline-4 combined with powerful electric motor and larger battery.
Of course, the standard version will be available with a 3.6-liter V-6. However, it will receive a new 9-speed automatic transmission instead of the previous 8-speed gearbox.
Design of exterior and interior
The Buick LaCrosse has been fully revamped as the 2017 model year, so this time we probably won’t see any changes in it’s the design. The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid will feature the same body as the standard Lacrosse Model. We can say with no doubt that is looks absolutely stunning. It has the same grille as the standard LaCrosse which was borrowed from the Avenir model. The only thing we could say that makes them different is the “HEV” badge on the rear fascia. Furthermore, this time it will be available with three new exterior colors. Those are: Satin Steel Metallic, Dark Slate Metallic and Red Quartz Tintcoat shades.
Inside, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid will feature luxurious, very pleasant and comfortable cabin. The seats are covered in finest leather and there will be some nice leather inserts on the dash and door handles. As well, the dashboard will receive wood details for premium looks. It will feature an 8-speed display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Release date and price of the 2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid should appear on the market this fall. It base price will be more affordable now, starting from $30,490. However, for the V-6 model, the price is not yet revealed.