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The Trim Scoop on Buick Cars

summary reportNow we approach the final post for Buick Cars in Thunder Bay for the month and we want to finish with a bang in describing the trim level options and feature wherein so that you can best determine which one of these nice new Buick Cars in Canada will work best for you and your family’s needs.  The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is available in base 1SV, Preferred, Essence and Premium trim levels. All of these come standard with a mild hybrid powertrain known as eAssist that features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a six-speed automatic and a small electric motor that together produce 194 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque.

Optional from this engine in Canada Buick Cars is a 3.6-liter V6 (310 hp, 268 lb-ft) paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. As is almost always the case with engines and power increases along the way, it is wise to give the most efficient ones a try before committing to the greater power.   The added umph is nice, no doubt, but if it goes unneeded, then you are spending money on more than you need and running a less efficient system as a result.

Front-wheel drive is standard, while the Essence and Premium can be fitted with all-wheel drive and the V6, so it is true, too, that features you may desire will sometimes have to be added to specific trims due to lack of ability to gain these things on lower trim levels.  The best way to know which is true is to inquire with your Thunder Bay Buick car dealer representative to find out the specifics regarding which Buick car has which feature on what trim.  We can wrap it all up by explaining that the base 1SV comes standard with 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, simulated leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with two-way driver lumbar adjustment), OnStar (with an onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot), an eight-speaker sound system and the Buick IntelliLink infotainment interface that includes an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration.  Now, if you need more than that, you are going to have to trim up a level, but you must admit not much else gives you near as much in the entry levels.  Way to go Buick Cars!

Summing Up the GMC Truck Variable Valve Timing Segment

puzzle pieceHeaded back full force down the road of GMC Trucks in Thunder Bay and the variable valve timing they have under the hood, we step back to 1960 in order to examine the origin of such an awesome feature.  “In the 1960s, automakers began developing variable valve timing systems that allowed intake and exhaust valves to open earlier or later in the 4-stroke cycle.”  So, we know that the concept is not a new one.  The purpose at the time was to improve volumetric efficiency, decrease NOx emissions, and decrease pumping losses. To this day, we have two main types of variable valve timing. They are known as cam phasing and cam changing.  Let’s look at them individually so that we can better understand the Thunder Bay GMC Trucks in Canada that have such innovative technology under the hood, shall we?

When looking at cam changing style VVT, we see that the ECU selects a different cam profile based on engine load and speed.  When we examine the other, cam phasing, we see that an actuator rotates the camshaft, changing the phase angle. There are dozens of ways to go about varying valve timing, lift, and duration, this all seems to vary based on the specific vehicle we are discussing.

Another important aspect of variable valve timing under the hood of a new GMC truck in Thunder Bay, according to your GMC Truck service in Ontario, is the subject of sensors.  “VVT systems use all sorts of sensors, but the most important are the camshaft and crankshaft position sensors (which are often hall effect sensors). The ECU uses these sensors to monitor the relationship between the piston’s location and the valves’ positions. The crankshaft is connected to the rod and piston, and the camshaft’s lobes trigger valve lift events.”  It is through this that the ECU is able to learn just how fast the engine is rotating.

Efficiency and Luxury in One by Buick Cars

all in oneWhat can we discuss on behalf of your Thunder Bay Buick Car dealer in Ontario when we are looking at the newest 2018 Buick LaCrosse?  Well, besides the fact that this is an impactful vehicle which will allow the critics to finally see Buick cars in the luxurious light that they deserve, this new Buick Car in Thunder Bay, also effectively adds hybrid to the mix of their luxury, increasing the efficiency by leaps and bounds.  Also, specifics of newness are things such as the new base engine which debuts for 2018. Named eAssist, it features a small electric motor and battery in addition to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. “The result is exceptional fuel economy for a large sedan. The V6 engine also gets a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel-drive availability is extended to the Essence trim level.”

Many of the reviews recommend giving the eAssist four-cylinder engine a try first when you are busy shopping for your next new Buick car in Canada. If you’re fine with its power delivery, as some of you will be, then why not choose the more efficient model? If you want the V6, however, we’d recommend going for at least the Essence and specifying the Dynamic Drive package.  By that point, once you have chosen the added power, you may as well experience the LaCrosse at its most luxurious and refined.

We like to keep you abreast of all the latest pertinent details surrounding the new and used Buick cars in Thunder Bay and to do this, we also want to cover the different trims of this 2018 Buick LaCrosse lineup in Thunder Bay.  We will write here in the post following this one and share with you all of the options that these new Buick Cars in Canada have for you to consider this year.