All-New Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Detailed Ahead of April 18 Debut in China

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GM's Chinese joint venture SAIC wants to become a player in the green car market. Thus, it has prepared more frugal engines and a hybrid. On the eve of the Shanghai Motor Show, Buick has presented a teaser for the LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (badges say HEV) that will debut on April 18, and also gave us a few technical details.
The sticker on the trunk isn't going to tell you much. But the sedan is a major product launch for them. Power will come from a 1.8-liter SIDI engine (non-turbo) paired with an electric two-motor drive unit that provides additional power to assist the engine during acceleration. No power output figures are available, but it's safe to say they are in the region of 150 hp. Think of it as a Toyota Prius with an American badge that's built in China.

For the record, the American version of the LaCrosse is only equipped with one engine: a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft (363 Nm) of torque. China's version was launched in May 2016 and has much smaller mills, the cheapest one being a 1.5-liter turbo.

It produces a maximum output of 168 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and a peak torque of 252 Nm from 2,00 rpm. Mated to a seven-speed DCG intelligent dual-clutch transmission, the engine consumes only 6.2 liters of fuel per 100 km, making the sedan eligible for the Chinese government’s 50 percent purchase tax cut for vehicles with small-displacement engines.

Also expected to make its debut on April 18th at the Shanghai Motor Show 2016 is one of our favorite concepts. The Avista is making its debut in China.

Even though company officials have hinted it will never reach production, Buick's latest press release still claims that it points the way toward future styling. The study presented in Detroit this January features a 2+2 modern cockpit layout and a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V-6 engine churning out about 400 horsepower.
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