Families looking for a high-mileage compact crossover from Chevy or GMC may be in luck if reports prove true that the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain will receive the mild-hybrid system called “eAssist” in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and “Eco” in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco version.
Buick Lacrosse Hybrid eAssist SystemEnlarge Photo
GreenCarReports lays out a comprehensive look at how General Motors is rolling out the mild-hybrid system in its different brands, and it stands to reason that crossovers, being the hot commodity they are these days, would ultimately be the recipient of such technology.
The basis for this speculation is a report in GMInsideNews that the Eco eAssist system will spread further across GM product lines and into the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain in the 2014 model year.
Who wouldn’t want a more fuel-efficient crossover, especially with gasoline prices playing Russian roulette with the family budget?
2012 Chevrolet EquinoxEnlarge Photo
What kind of fuel economy might families see with the eAssist or Eco mild-hybrid system on one of GM’s compact crossovers? Again, hat tip to GreenCarReports for the numbers. Applying the same type of improvements to the 2012 Equinox with base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, fuel economy could be as high as 29 mpg city/38 mpg highway. That’s compared with the current ratings of 22 city, 32 highway.
2012 GMC TerrainEnlarge Photo
Don’t expect to see GMC touting “Eco” or “eAssist” if Terrain gets the nod to receive the mild-hybrid system at the same time as the Chevy Equinox Eco. Brand differentiation is important, as always, so GMC will likely come up with an appropriate moniker.
Whatever the system is called, the proof is in the fuel economy numbers. Consumers will take green wherever they can get it, and a family crossover with high fuel efficiency certainly qualifies as a consideration vehicle.