GM’s Buick Regal Refresh is More Than a New Price Tag

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Buick’s (NYSE:GM) 2014 Regal received a price bump of about $700 more than the comparable 2013 model, General Motors announced. However, the extra cost isn’t just a swell to accommodate extraneous economic factors: the new Regal offers a new base powertrain, as well.

The new model’s 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder is now good for 259 horsepower, 18 percent more powerful than the 2013 model. It’s also less thirsty, too, sporting a 17 percent increase in city fuel consumption. If that’s not enough, the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with eAssist — GM’s light-hybrid system that uses a small electric motor and lithium-ion battery to boost fuel economy — also is available starting from $32,485, The Detroit News reports.

Though the eAssist was standard equipment on the 2013 Regal, it only accounted for about 10 percent of the car’s sales in 2012. However, given that sales of more fuel-efficient vehicles have only swung north since then, it’s possible the eAssist version could enjoy a stronger share of the market this time around.