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Buick LaCrosse is getting improved mild eAssist for 2018

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It appears the front page story from a few weeks back got it wrong
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When I wrote the article a week or so ago, I thought this seemed like a good time to introduce a PHEV LaCrosse, so that it offered something more than the Malibu or the Chinese LaCrosse. I guess it was just wishful thinking.

But besides the 2.5L engine, the 2018 base model gets a 6-speed transmission. The new 9-speed is only paired with the 6-cyl engine.

In the ordering info for the LaCrosse, the BAS states it has a MG unit rated at 20 kW "continuous". I thought this could have insinuated a plug-in. It seems that the battery pack is the same as used in the limited pickup truck hybrids, a 24-cell pack with the same cells as used in the Malibu Hybrid.

It seems that one reason for this is the small battery can be packaged and still leave good trunk space (the newest eAssist system is discreetly packaged to maintain the LaCrosse’s fold-down rear seat and ample trunk space).
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