Jim Hudson Buick, the #1 Buick dealership in all of South Carolina, is thrilled to announce pricing information for the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist™, which is expected to deliver 25 percent better highway fuel economy than the current model. This exciting new release from Buick will be priced starting at $29,960 before an $860 destination charge and optional equipment.
“LaCrosse with eAssist is the smart choice for those who want great fuel economy without sacrificing the driving dynamics and passenger comfort that have made Buick the fastest-growing major automotive brand in the United States,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing.
LaCrosse with eAssist uses a variety of advanced technologies and aerodynamic body enhancements to deliver up to 37 highway miles per gallon, better than the Lexus HS Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, as well as non-hybrids like the Acura TL, Lexus ES350 and Lincoln MKS. eAssist will be the standard powertrain for LaCrosse, which will be built at the Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan.
The fuel economy boost that LaCrosse with eAssist offers comes from state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery system and electric motor-generator that enables regenerative braking capability. This “light electrification” system also will be available on the 2012 Buick Regal later this year.
Although eAssist is now standard equipment, a new, more powerful and more efficient version of the direct-injected, E85-capable 3.6L V-6 with variable valve timing, is available to Columbia drivers at no additional cost on all but the base package and is included on the Premium 2, Premium 3, and lineup-topping Touring models. The front-wheel-drive 3.6L model is rated at an SAE-certified 303 horsepower (226 kW) – an improvement of 23 hp – and 264 lb.-ft. of torque (358 Nm). All-wheel drive will be available on V6-equipped models with the Leather, Premium 1, or Premium 2 packages, though it has not been officially rated as of yet.
The 3.6L V6 engine features a new, integrated cylinder head/exhaust manifold design and a composite intake manifold designed to reduce its weight by more than 20 pounds, which increases horsepower without any loss in fuel efficiency. The direct-injected engine also warms up faster, which can cut emissions of unburned hydrocarbons by up to 25 percent.
In addition to the exciting new engine options that improve performance and fuel economy, new standard features for 2012 include dual-zone climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, full-color driver information center, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Later in the year, LaCrosse with eAssist will come with standard Buick IntelliLink, which uses Bluetooth or USB to connect the driver’s smartphone to a new 8-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display radio. IntelliLink expands on Buick’s current Bluetooth and USB capabilities to allow smartphone control via voice activation and steering wheel-mounted controls. It also enables streaming stereo audio from the phone through services like PANDORA® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®.
Most importantly, Buick IntelliLink enables seamless integration of stowed portable devices with each vehicle’s infotainment system, allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
“LaCrosse with eAssist is the most advanced LaCrosse to date,” DiSalle said. “The winning combination of advanced technology, no-compromise driving performance and luxurious style and passenger comfort stand to make LaCrosse with eAssist a must-have sedan.”
2012 Buick LaCrosse Just Weeks Away from Columbia SC
Jim Hudson Buick should start receiving the 2012 Buick LaCrosse in several weeks once production begins in Kansas. Jim Hudson is the #1 Buick dealership in the entire state of South Carolina, serving the midlands including Sumter, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Lugoff with a focus on complete customer satisfaction. Columbia SC drivers have voted Jim Hudson Best New Car Dealership in The State’s annual Readers’ Choice poll. For more information, call Jim Hudson Buick toll-free at (888) 377-4971, visit them at their showroom located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road, or visit their Buick LaCrosse Columbia SC website.