Committed to make half of its US production flex-fuel capable by 2012, General Motors keeps introducing new models running on normal gasoline, E85 bioethanol, or any combination of both types of fuel.
Next year, 2009 Buick Lucerne will join GM’s E85-capable Hummer H2, Chevrolet Silverado and Tahoe, as well as GMC Sierra and Yukon, just to name a few.
In its press release, GM says that the 2009 Buick Lucerne with flex-fuel capability will be offered to consumers as a no-cost option. It will be the first E85-running passenger car in Buick’s model lineup.
Update 03/2009: It is now clear that the car will be equipped with GM’s new V6 SFI 3.9-liter engine that will provide the 2009 Lucerne with estimated 25mpg fuel efficiency. The engine will churn out 227 hp @ 5700 rpm and 237 lb-ft @ 3200 rpm of torque.
Frankly, I think that a decent European turbo-diesel engine with displacement of some 3 liters would do an even better job offering a tad less power, but a lot more torque, while leaving any gasoline-powered mill in the dust when it comes to fuel efficiency. Still, GM has to take into account tastes of American motorists that are still strangely hostile towards anything that has “diesel” in its name.
The car will be equipped with a standard four-speed gearbox which seems rather archaic by today’s standards.
Interior appointments include eight-way heated driver and front-passenger seats and heated leather steering wheel (a must for regions with cold winters, which is usually offered as a part of separate luxury package). Memory settings will make the car even more comfortable if you plan to use the car with your spouse. Other standard equipment includes outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicator and 17-inch premium painted wheels.