Buick LaCrosse Hybrid introduced in China image

The US automaker, an important player on the Chinese market – the largest in the world – has recently taken the wraps off its new LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle in Shanghai.

The new LaCrosse HEV is almost indistinguishable from the regular, internal combustion engined versions, but the model does come with a high-tech powertrain that mates a 1.8-liter SIDI engine, an electric motor and variable transmission, and a 1.5 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery. Buick didn’t mention performance specifications and only confirmed the LaCrosse HEV will reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.9 seconds while also reaching a fuel economy rating of 50 miles per gallon (4.7 liters per 100 kilometers). The automaker also mentioned the latter comes with a 35 percent improvement over the predecessor – the LaCrosse version using the eAssist technology.

Aside from the eco-friendly powertrain, the LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle also has an active shutter grille, an electronic power steering system, and an electronic climate control compressor.Other features include a thermal energy recycling system linked to the exhaust system. Additionally, GM executive director of global propulsion systems Larry Nitz said the group will treat China to more than ten green vehicles during the upcoming half decade – hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and range-extended electric vehicles. All of the new models will be identified as new energy vehicles using blue logos.