Buick has taken wraps off the third generation 2017 Buick LaCrosse at the 2015 LA Auto Show. The all-new model’s design and styling remains very close to the Buick Avenir concept that was unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January.
At the front, there’s a new waterfall grille design featuring a Buick tri-shield emblem which is flanked by wing-shaped elements inspired by the 1954 Wildcat II concept. Everything else including the headlamps, lower grille, bumper and hood has been redesigned. The side profile is redesigned with new mirrors, fender vents and mirrors, and curvier body and greenhouse. The rear-end is also completely new with redesigned tail lamps, trunk lid and bumper.
The all-new model is only 0.6 inch (15 mm) longer, but its wheelbase is 2.7 inches (65 mm) longer. The roofline has been lowered by 1.6 inches (40 mm). The new generation LaCrosse is about 300 lbs lighter, thanks to a stronger yet lighter architecture.
The interior is more luxurious and modern now. The 2017 LaCrosse is the first Buick to feature a single cockpit design. The “floating” center console brings Electronic Precision Shift to a higher position and closer to the driver, and also leaves more storage space below the console for items as big as a handbag or a tablet. Soft materials have been used for every touchpoint.
Three interior trim choices will be available: Jet Black, Dark Atmosphere and Shale, and Jet Black and Brandy. At the front, the seats are heated and eight-way-adjustable, and have improved heating for quicker warm-up and a new massage feature. Noteworthy technologies include configurable, 8-inch HD full-color display in the gauge cluster, head-up display, wireless charging and Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with a new, frameless 8-inch color touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration compatibility.
Under the hood, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse packs an all-new 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 gasoline engine with Active Fuel Management and Stop/Start technology. This engine, as per GM’s estimates, produces 305 hp (227 kW) and 268 lb.-ft. (363 Nm) of torque. The engine is linked to a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The all-new model features a new five-link rear suspension and will be available with HiPer Strut front suspension optionally. Electronically controlled Continuous Damping Control active suspension will also be available optionally.
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse goes on sale in the U.S. market in Summer 2016 and its final specifications will be revealed closer to the launch.
More details are available in the press release embedded below the image gallery.