Following numerous teasers, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse has decided the Los Angeles Auto Show audience deserves its presence and made its official global public debut.
The automaker calls the al-new third generation the “new face” of Buick, and the model is also important for the GM subsidiary Opel from Europe – as the underlying architecture may serve as the basis for the upcoming new generation Insignia. The sedan now comes with brand new styling cues that may “bleed” to the entire lineup afterwards: an all-new grille with a tri-colored shield insignia and an accented wing-shaped element. We also noticed the elongated HID headlights which come equipped with LED daytime running lights by default. On the side we can highlight the front fender vents and the reinterpretation of the proprietary sweepspear” body-side styling. The LaCrosse also comes nicely equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, and a rakish rear design job that also integrates a trunk mounted spoiler.
Interior quality has always been the Achilles heel for the American makes and General Motors has been boasting its desire to change the tradition – the 2017 LaCrosse looks a step in the right direction. Soft-touch materials and higher quality assembly is visible while detailed trims specifications may add even more features when they will be introduced. So far we noticed the flowing dashboard design packing wood trim and metallic touches. Also present is the automaker’s all new Precision Electronic gear shift lever. Numerous optional goodies will be available: heated steering wheel, power-adjustable steering column, wireless smartphone charger, heads-up display, a power rear sunshade, as well as perforated leather front seats (complete with heating, ventilation, and massage functions courtesy of Opel). Also present are the Bose premium audio system and the IntelliLink infotainment system using an eight-inch screen and packing Apple CarPlay / Auto Android functionality.
An all new architecture underscores the LaCrosse, which is around 300 pounds (136 lbs) lighter than the current generation – also using a new five-link rear suspension and an electronic power steering system. Top of the line models will receive the HiPer Strut front suspension and a Continuous Damping Control system, with the LaCrosse reaching dealerships early next summer. Under the hood sits a new 3.6-liter V6 powerplant with auto start/stop and the cylinder deactivation system. Mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and optionally fitted with the AWD system, the engine churns out 305 bhp (227 kW) and 268 lb-ft (363 Nm) of torque.