Buick has introduced the LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle in Shanghai, China.

Looking virtually identical to the standard model, the LaCrosse Hybrid has a high-tech powertrain that consists of a 1.8-liter SIDI engine, an electric variable transmission, and a 1.5 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery.  Buick was coy on performance specifications but confirmed the model will accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 8.9 seconds and have a fuel economy rating of 50 miles per gallon (4.7 liters per 100 kilometers).  Buick notes the latter figure is a 35 percent improvement over the previous LaCrosse with eAssist technology.

Besides featuring an eco-friendly powertrain, the LaCrosse Hybrid has been equipped with an active shutter grille, an electronic power steering system, and an electronic climate control compressor.  The car also has a thermal energy recycling system tied into the exhaust.

In related news, GM executive director of global propulsion systems Larry Nitz confirmed the automaker will introduce more than ten eco-friendly vehicles in China over the course of the next five year.  Nitz declined to elaborate but noted the company plans to offer hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and range-extended electric vehicles.  Some of the models will be Buicks and each will have a blue logo to identify it as new energy vehicles.

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Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle Makes Global Debut in Shanghai

SHANGHAI – The all-new Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) made its global debut today at the 2016 Buick Day event in Shanghai, where the award-winning Buick Avista concept was also shown for the first time in China.

Both models will be appearing on the Buick stand at Auto China 2016 in Beijing, which begins on April 25.

“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.”

Buick LaCrosse HEV supports Drive to Green strategy

A major component of SAIC-GM's Drive to Green strategy, the LaCrosse HEV adopts the same design language and technological advances as the recently introduced all-new LaCrosse, along with segment-leading hybrid powertrain technologies. 

The LaCrosse HEV is powered by a 1.8L SIDI engine that is paired with an electric variable transmissionand a 1.5-kWh high-performance lithium battery unit. Its green pedigree is supported by numerous advanced technologies such as an electronic climate control compressor, electronic power steering, exhaust thermal energy recycling, and active grille open and close that maximize its efficiency. 

The LaCrosse HEV offers comprehensive fuel economy of 4.7 L/100 km. This represents a 35 percent decrease in fuel consumption from the LaCrosse with eAssist that is powered by a smart hybrid powertrain, yet the LaCrosse HEV sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds.

SAIC-GM also released the all-new “Buick Blue” logo for the brand’s green product lineup at Buick Brand Day. The introduction of the LaCrosse HEV and “Buick Blue” logo represents Buick’s focus on upgrading its conventional powertrains and promoting green technologies.

Buick earlier introduced eco-friendly models in China that include the LaCrosse with eAssist and LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid.

Buick Avista concept highlights brand’s future sporty styling

Developed by GM's global design team, the Avista concept embodies Buick's new design language, sophisticated performance and advanced technologies. Shown for the first time at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, it points to the future direction of the brand’s sporty styling.

The Avista has an arresting appearance, with flowing, uninterrupted body lines and a 2+2 modern cockpit that is clean, simple and elegant. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V-6 engine that produces 298 kW of maximum power. The engine is supported by an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The vehicle has adopted a great deal of carbon fiber and aluminum materials along with 3D-printed door and seat trims. It includes trendsetting technologies such as Buick’s next-generation QuietTuning, the advanced Air Quality System and the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system. Its Magnetic Ride Control suspension delivers more precise body motion control than ever.