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The Buick Regal has been a hot topic on the forums of Autos.ca for about a year now, so I can’t think of a better car to stir the pot, get some blood boiling and wake those settled into the winter blues by reviewing the 2012 Buick Regal eAssist. This is no turbocharged GS that everyone is so hot for; certainly, this eAssist model offers up a different perspective.

The eAssist is not a full-blown Hybrid. General Motors explains eAssist as “light electrification,” not designed to power the vehicle solely on its lithium-ion battery, but with enough electric assist to offer estimated fuel consumption ratings of 8.3L/100km city and 5.4L/100 km highway.

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The eAssist is powered mainly by a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine that outputs 182hp and 172lb-ft of torque. The electric motor adds about 15hp to the output when called into action. The engine does have the automatic start/stop feature one would expect from a “hybrid” vehicle, as well as regenerative braking to help charge the 0.5-kWh battery. All this is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission instead of the typical CVT you may expect in such a vehicle.

Aside from the different powertrain and some subtle interior cues, though, this is more or less a typical Buick Regal, which means it is expected to be luxurious and refined. Standard features in the eAssist include much of what you would expect, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic defogging, humidity sensor, fog lights, satellite radio, mirrors with integrated turn signals, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Also standard on the eAssist are door handles with chrome inserts, intelligent key passive entry system with pushbutton start, eco gauge, fog lights, mirrors with integrated turn signals, 120-volt power outlet, satellite radio, garage door opener, rear parking assist, and a rear seat that folds, although on one side only. Some surprisingly non-standard features include: power sliding moonroof (a $1,395 option) and bi-xenon headlamps, which are a $650 extra.

2012 Buick Regal eAssist
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $39,905

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).