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    Buick Teases 2017 LaCrosse with Avenir-inspired Front End


    • Buick Appears To Be Taking Some Ideas From the Avenir for the Next LaCrosse


    The LA Auto Show will be the home for the debut of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse next month. To mark the announcement, Buick has released a teaser of the next LaCrosse.

     

    The picture reveals a front end similar to the Avenir concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year with a new three-color tri-shield insignia set on a wing-shaped element.

     

    “The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same. Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick.

     

    Buick goes on to say that the 2017 LaCrosse will ride on a new chassis that is lighter and stronger than the chassis that underpins the current model. There will also be a new multilink setup for the rear.

     

    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    DETROIT – Buick today confirmed the all-new 2017 LaCrosse, with a preview of its Avenir concept-inspired design cues.
    A striking evolution from current Buick models, LaCrosse features a grille design that puts a new face on the brand, including a new, three-color tri-shield insignia set on a wing-shaped element. Contrasting with darkened waterfall grille bars and spanning the width of the opening, it connects the grille and headlamps, and emphasizes LaCrosse’s new sculptural surfacing.
    The design was introduced on the Avenir concept and was inspired by the 1954 Wildcat II concept. It’s a face all Buick models will adopt by 2018.
    “The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models.”
    The next-generation LaCrosse’s design is framed on an all-new chassis that is stronger yet lighter than the current model and serves as the foundation for a more dynamic driving experience. New technologies such as a five-link rear suspension contribute to a more responsive ride, while taking Buick’s signature quietness to a new threshold – and it’s a premium feature not found on many other full-size luxury models, including the Lexus ES.
    The 2017 LaCrosse debuts in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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    I kind of like the winged look on the new grille.  It is a bit busy to have the waterfall and a horizontal line, but I like this more than the current LeCrosse grille.

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    I'm ok with the new grille as long as this gets Buick away from the current trend of oversizing the waterfall grille on the refreshed 2014+ Lacrosse and Enclave. The grille was also a weak spot on the Verano.

     

    I'm most curious to hear what this Lacrosse has in store mechanically. We already know the Malibu lost 300 lbs and has an 8-speed automatic mated to GM's 2.0T in higher trim levels. Will this powertrain show up in the base Lacrosse? Will the Lacrosse gain the new LGX V6 in some capacity? The least likely (and most disappointing) scenario would be carrying over the LFX V6 and 6-speed. Fuel economy improvements are important as well, it's no longer acceptable to have sub-30 mpg volume engines.

     

    Will the new Lacrosse gain magnetic ride control or a performance oriented 3.6T/AWD model (a la XTS V-Sport)?

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    It seems like Buick went back to just a small  waterfall...like this 2010-2013

    OK...the Avenir does not seem to have any kind of Falls goin' on...

     

     

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    Unlike  the Niagara style waterfall grills of yore...or even the Victoria Falls of the 1950s...

     

    I welcome  this softer look...its just as elegant...

     

    Because sometimes...the Niagara Style is too aggressive and dont look good...like this 2015...

     

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    Because that Lacrosse...does not look elegant...the original grill looks much better...IMO.

     

    So...by the looks of the new Lacrosse...with Avenir style looks...might regain that nice Buick elegance again...

     

    Say what you will about that Park Avenue...its looks elegant...and that soft waterfall grill is what makes it elegant.

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    Exciting preview for me.  A Buick with high-flying swagger is what they need to go back to.  Now I just need that Avenir in production, on a RWD chassis...

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    How is the '55 above showing a waterfall grille? Buick did use that cue from '42-54 tho….

    CP meant the "winged" part...I believe.

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    How is the '55 above showing a waterfall grille? Buick did use that cue from '42-54 tho….

    CP meant the "winged" part...I believe.

     

     

    Correct, I was trying to respond to Balthazaar, but it took me too long to dig up that picture at work and you snuck in that post about the waterfall grille before I finished. Not sure why someone downvoted you, so I fixed that.

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    How is the '55 above showing a waterfall grille? Buick did use that cue from '42-54 tho….

    CP meant the "winged" part...I believe.

     

     

    Correct, I was trying to respond to Balthazaar, but it took me too long to dig up that picture at work and you snuck in that post about the waterfall grille before I finished. Not sure why someone downvoted you, so I fixed that.

     

    tHANX...ITS bURNT ls7 DudE...He has gone on a downvoting spree  :hissyfit:  with me...

     

    He dont like me too much... :(

     

     

    So yeah...Buick's design language is elegant.

     

    It can be aggressive with huge waterfall grills and still look good, or toned down and have an air of debonair...

     

    I still prefer Oldsmobiles...

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    How is the '55 above showing a waterfall grille? Buick did use that cue from '42-54 tho….

    CP meant the "winged" part...I believe.

     

     

    Correct, I was trying to respond to Balthazaar, but it took me too long to dig up that picture at work and you snuck in that post about the waterfall grille before I finished. Not sure why someone downvoted you, so I fixed that.

     

    tHANX...ITS bURNT ls7 DudE...He has gone on a downvoting spree  :hissyfit:  with me...

     

    He dont like me too much... :(

     

     

    So yeah...Buick's design language is elegant.

     

    It can be aggressive with huge waterfall grills and still look good, or toned down and have an air of debonair...

     

    I still prefer Oldsmobiles...

     

     

     

    I prefer Oldsmobiles too.  You are not alone.

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    How is the '55 above showing a waterfall grille? Buick did use that cue from '42-54 tho….

    CP meant the "winged" part...I believe.

     

     

    Correct, I was trying to respond to Balthazaar, but it took me too long to dig up that picture at work and you snuck in that post about the waterfall grille before I finished. Not sure why someone downvoted you, so I fixed that.

     

    tHANX...ITS bURNT ls7 DudE...He has gone on a downvoting spree  :hissyfit:  with me...

     

    He dont like me too much... :(

     

     

    So yeah...Buick's design language is elegant.

     

    It can be aggressive with huge waterfall grills and still look good, or toned down and have an air of debonair...

     

    I still prefer Oldsmobiles...

     

     

     

    I prefer Oldsmobiles too.  You are not alone.

     

    I just saw this post...

     

    In these forums...I noticed that there are many Oldsmobile faithful around...

    I feel right at home...

     

    :cheers:

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    I'm ok with the new grille as long as this gets Buick away from the current trend of oversizing the waterfall grille on the refreshed 2014+ Lacrosse and Enclave. The grille was also a weak spot on the Verano.

     

    I'm most curious to hear what this Lacrosse has in store mechanically. We already know the Malibu lost 300 lbs and has an 8-speed automatic mated to GM's 2.0T in higher trim levels. Will this powertrain show up in the base Lacrosse? Will the Lacrosse gain the new LGX V6 in some capacity? The least likely (and most disappointing) scenario would be carrying over the LFX V6 and 6-speed. Fuel economy improvements are important as well, it's no longer acceptable to have sub-30 mpg volume engines.

     

    Will the new Lacrosse gain magnetic ride control or a performance oriented 3.6T/AWD model (a la XTS V-Sport)?

     

    9-speed automatic, probably a base Turbo 4-cylinder, almost certainly the new LGX (adds Start-Stop and Cylinder Deactivation) though with slightly lower output than the CT6. 

     

    I'd doubt the 3.6TT, but a 3.0TT + AWD?  Well.... maybe more likely.. but still conjecture.

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    I'm ok with the new grille as long as this gets Buick away from the current trend of oversizing the waterfall grille on the refreshed 2014+ Lacrosse and Enclave. The grille was also a weak spot on the Verano.

     

    I'm most curious to hear what this Lacrosse has in store mechanically. We already know the Malibu lost 300 lbs and has an 8-speed automatic mated to GM's 2.0T in higher trim levels. Will this powertrain show up in the base Lacrosse? Will the Lacrosse gain the new LGX V6 in some capacity? The least likely (and most disappointing) scenario would be carrying over the LFX V6 and 6-speed. Fuel economy improvements are important as well, it's no longer acceptable to have sub-30 mpg volume engines.

     

    Will the new Lacrosse gain magnetic ride control or a performance oriented 3.6T/AWD model (a la XTS V-Sport)?

     

    9-speed automatic, probably a base Turbo 4-cylinder, almost certainly the new LGX (adds Start-Stop and Cylinder Deactivation) though with slightly lower output than the CT6. 

     

    I'd doubt the 3.6TT, but a 3.0TT + AWD?  Well.... maybe more likely.. but still conjecture.

     

     

    Can you change that downvote to an upvote? I'm not in the comfort of my usual computer desk and hit the minus instead of the plus.

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    well...the intentions of CP was to have Drew be in the green side of things...I did just that. Drew's post is where its should have been...on  the positive.

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      Comfort and capability
      The all-new Discovery retains renowned Land Rover all-terrain capability thanks to its combination of excellent off-road geometry and advanced driver assistance technologies(4); together, they enhance the everyday usability of the new model.
      Ground clearance is rated at 11.1-inches – an increase of 1.7 inches from the LR4 – while a maximum wading depth of 35.4-inches – an increase of 7.9-inches – provides unrivalled confidence when tackling waterlogged trails(4).
      A comprehensive suite of available off-road driving technologies ensures the all-new Discovery maintains its supreme all-terrain capability and is easy to access for even inexperienced drivers. The Land Rover multi-mode Terrain Response® 2 system optimizes a range of settings, from throttle sensitivity to gear change characteristics, suiting the driving conditions at the turn of a rotary controller(4). Terrain Response 2 can even select the optimum setting automatically if drivers are unsure of the best choice.
      When tackling particularly challenging terrain, All-Terrain Progress Control (ATPC) can be programed to maintain a suitable crawl speed as chosen by the driver. The clever technology allows the driver to concentrate solely on steering the vehicle as they negotiate obstacles, without the distraction of operating the throttle or brake pedals, and can also be used from a standstill to help when pulling away on slippery, low traction, surfaces(4).
      The all-new Discovery also benefits from lightweight and durable Land Rover aluminum architecture. Similar to the construction on Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the all-new Discovery cuts more than 1,000 pounds from the weight of the outgoing LR4, which used steel ladder construction(3). This weight savings, coupled with an advanced integral link rear suspension, delivers improved handling characteristics and on-road performance without compromising the superb ride comfort that has defined generations of Land Rover vehicles.
      Another Land Rover trademark carried over into the all-new model, is a Command Driving Position which helps owners enjoy the vehicle’s enhanced breadth of capability with confidence, on variety of surfaces, terrains and weather conditions, by providing excellent visibility(4).
      This confidence extends to towing capability, which has been a hallmark of every generation of Discovery since it was used to tow a train at its original launch in 1989. In the US, the all-new Discovery has a maximum towing capacity of 8,201 pounds(3). This figure is enhanced with the introduction of some clever technology developed to make the towing with the Discovery more accessible than ever.
      Advanced Tow Assist allows owners to complete potentially difficult reversing maneuvers when towing trailers with ease(4). The driver’s assistance feature manages the tricky counter-steering required to position trailers accurately when reversing. The driver simply guides the trailer into the desired space with the rotary controller for the Terrain Response 2 system; this is done using responsive guidance lines overlaid on the rear-facing camera feed which are displayed on the central touchscreen, taking the stress out of an otherwise tricky task(4).
      A choice of powertrains
      The all-new Discovery is powered with the option of both a petrol and diesel engine familiar to the Jaguar Land Rover line-up; each of which is paired with a smooth and responsive ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. They include:
      The 340-HP supercharged 3.0L petrol V-6 carried over from the LR4. With 332 lb.-ft. of torque on demand, the petrol V-6 delivers high-end responsiveness and excellent passing power. Shared with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, the all-new Discovery benefits from the introduction of a 254HP turbocharged diesel V-6 that delivers 443 lb.-ft. of torque from as little as 1,750 rpm. The all-new Discovery will be on sale at North American retailers from mid-2017, starting at $49,990(7). For more information, visit a local retailer or log on to LandRoverUSA.com.
      (1) Third row seating is an optional feature on select Discovery models.
      (2) The Intelligent Seat Fold feature is included on vehicles equipped with optional seven position power seating.
      (3) Depending on the selected Discovery vehicle trim and options.
      (4) These systems are not a substitute for driving safely with due care and attention and will not function under all circumstances, speeds, weather and road conditions, etc. Driver should not assume that these systems will correct errors of judgment in driving.  Please consult the owner’s manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for more details.
      (5) Land Rover InControl® Remote™ app and data plan with a mobile network operator is required to remotely interact with your vehicle. Intelligent Seat Fold feature on app is included on vehicles equipped with optional seven position power seating.
      (6) Do not use Land Rover InControl® features under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control.
      (7) All prices shown are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes $995 destination/handling charge, tax, title, license, and retailer fees, all due at signing, and optional equipment. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details.
      (8) Driving while distracted can result in loss of vehicle control. Do not operate, adjust or view the navigation or multimedia systems under conditions that will affect your safety or the safety of others. Only use mobile phones and other devices, even with voice commands, when it is safe to do so. 
      (9) Discovery vehicle equipped with the 340HP petrol V-6.
      (10 Land Rover InControl® Touch Pro is standard on the HSE trim level and above.
      (11) The Wi-Fi hotspot is intended for passenger use only. Land Rover InControl features may require an additional subscription with separate terms and conditions.
      (12)Please consult owner's manual or your local authorized Land Rover Retailer for details regarding installation of child safety seats
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