The new Buick Regal, currently an also-ran in the midsize mileage race, is about to get back in the game.
The maker will give Regal the same eAssist hybrid driveline used by the bigger Buick LaCrosse, it will formally announce at the Chicago Auto Show, this week. That technology will bump fuel economy upwards by an estimated 25%.
While the Regal will still lag behind Ford’s 40+ mpg Fusion Hybrid, the Buick offering will still get a respectable 37 mpg on the City, according to preliminary estimates, and 26 mpg in city driving.
And that’s a big improvement from the conventionally-powered sedans current 19 City/30 Highway rating.
The eAssist driveline is what generally is known as a “mild hybrid,” or “mybrid,” though General Motors prefers the term, “light electrification.”