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    LA Auto Show: 2017 Buick LaCrosse


    • Buick's 2017 LaCrosse is a lighter, tighter, import fighter.


    At the 2015 LA Auto Show today, Buick unveiled the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.

     

    Using a phrase that was once a selling point for cars in the 1950, Buick released details on the Lacrosse for 2017 to make it longer, lower, and wider. but unlike the 1950s, Buick is now adding "lighter" to the list. The 2017 LaCrosse's chassis drops 300 lbs from the outgoing model, yet through the use of stronger steel, the chassis is stronger. Some of the weight loss also comes from new materials used in Buick's Quiet Tuning process that are lower in weight.

     

    With that weight loss, Buick expects the 2017 to be more fuel efficient than it's predecessor. Adding to the fuel economy gain is a new 3.6 liter V6 with cylinder deactivation and automatic start-stop, paired with a new 8-speed automatic front wheel drive transmission. Power remains about the same at 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. A new twin-clutch all-wheel drive system is available, similar to that in the new 2017 Cadillac XT5, that can split torque side to side in the rear for added control or disconnect from the rear wheels for added fuel economy.

     

    The wheelbase of the LaCrosse has been increased 2.7 inches while overall length is up 0.6 inches. This pushes the wheels closer to the corners of the car to give it a more athletic appearance.

     

    Inside a new sweeping and floating center console integrates directly into the center stack both moving controls closer to the driver and providing storage space underneath. Three new trim choices are available along with Moonglow LED accent lighting.

     

    On the tech front, Buick's Intellilink system has been updated to the newest software with an 8 inch diagonal screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now included. Safety technology abounds with standard and available features such as 10 standard airbags, front pedestrian braking, forward automatic braking, automatic cruise control, and more.

     

    You can follow all of our coverage of the 2015 LA Auto Show here or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

     

    Buick's press release is on page 2

     

     

    Source and Photos: Buick Media

     

     


     


    Buick Introduces All-New 2017 LaCrosse


    Leaner and sleeker with effortless technology

     


    LOS ANGELES – Beautifully crafted and thoughtfully innovative, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse offers full-size sedan customers a striking, all-new design, sophisticated technologies and more-responsive performance.

     

    The next-generation LaCrosse also introduces the new face of Buick, which is influenced by the dramatic cues of the award-winning Avenir concept. Notably, it features a new grille design with a large opening distinguished by the return of a three-color – red, silver and blue – Buick tri-shield insignia, accented by wing-shaped elements set against darkened waterfall grille bars.

     

    Buick revealed the 2017 LaCrosse today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes on sale early next summer.

     

    “The new LaCrosse signals the next phase of Buick’s international momentum,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick Sales and Marketing. “Its quietness, comfort and connectivity were developed to set new standards in the segment, supported by technologies not offered on competitors such as the Lexus ES. It is also drop-dead gorgeous.”

     

    Longer, lower and wider than the current model, the 2017 LaCrosse is built on a stronger yet lighter structure. In fact, it is about 300 pounds lighter than the current LaCrosse – thanks largely to the use of press-hardened, high-strength steels – which contributes to greater efficiency and more responsive handling.

     

    The new LaCrosse’s lower weight is also due in part to new, dissipative sound-absorbing materials that are lower in mass, but provide more effective sound attenuation, resulting in a new threshold for Buick’s signature QuietTuning and forming a pillar of the car’s enhanced comfort.

     

    The balance of the efficiency equation comes from a technologically advanced, second-generation 3.6L V-6 paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard Stop/Start technology improves efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

     

    Additional new and enhanced features include:

    • New five-link rear suspension and available HiPer Strut front suspension
    • Available electronically controlled Continuous Damping Control active suspension with selectable Touring and Sport modes
    • Driver-selectable Electronic Precision Shift
    • Advanced, all-new dual-clutch AWD system (available)
    • Efficiency-enhancing low-drag disc brakes with Duralife rotors
    • Electric power steering system with Lead/Pull Compensation
    • Easier rear-seat entry/egress and more usable storage space
    • Technologies including available wireless charging, available Teen Driver and configurable, LED driver information center with 8-inch-diagonal color display
    • Perforated leather-appointed front seats with new lumbar massaging feature
    • IntelliLink with frameless 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot integration.

     


    The 2017 LaCrosse also features extensive active and passive safety features that offer driver awareness and protection surrounding the vehicle, including:

    • Ten standard air bags – including two knee air bags for front passengers
    • Front Pedestrian Braking, which alerts drivers to and can automatically apply the brakes for pedestrians detected directly ahead in some driving conditions
    • Lane Keep Assist, which provides gentle steering wheel turns – and Lane Departure Warning alerts, if necessary – to help drivers avoid crashes due to unintentionally drifting out of their lane
    • Automatic Park Assist, which helps the driver parallel park/perpendicular park by automatically steering the vehicle into a detected parking space while the driver applies the brakes
    • Adaptive Cruise Control
    • Forward Automatic Braking
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Safety Alert Seat.

     


    “The blend of sophisticated technologies and advanced safety systems offer a more enjoyable and engaging driving experience,” said Aldred. “It’s a rewarding sedan for those who seek luxurious appointments, style and quality.”

     

    New face of Buick
    The new LaCrosse’s expressive exterior design creates a new proportion, rendering a more dramatic road presence. The front wheels have been pulled forward and the wheelbase stretched 2.7 inches (65 mm), while the overall length is only 0.6-inch longer (15 mm). The dynamic proportion is further enhanced by a roofline that’s 1.6 inches (40 mm) lower than the current model.

     

    The longer wheelbase is matched by wheels pushed outward 1.3 inches (33 mm) in the front and 1.1 inches (28 mm) in the rear, while the car’s width has grown only 0.4-inch (10 mm), creating a wheels-at-corners stance that conveys road confidence.

     

    “It’s a sleeker design that looks confident and purposeful,” said Holt Ware, exterior design director. “Stretching the wheelbase, lowering the roofline and making it slightly wider creates a dramatic effect that is enhanced by the design’s supporting elements such as the swept headlamps.”

     

    LaCrosse’s new proportion is further complemented by an all-new grille that signals the next chapter in Buick’s design anthology. Inspired by the Avenir concept, it’s distinguished by 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 the new face of Buick – one that reflects the sophistication, modernity and international reach of this evolving brand,” said Ware. “The new, winged motif also emphasizes the wider, lower proportion of the LaCrosse.”

     

    The signature sweepspear body-side design element has been reinterpreted in a modern fashion, enhancing the car’s sculptural identity. It has a split design that gives the body side a greater perception of depth, while picking up additional body lines, for an elegant, uninterrupted flow from the front fenders to the rear.

     

    The 2017 LaCrosse’s body lines are reinforced by a longer, uninterrupted “daylight opening” – the portion of the upper body between the A- and C-pillars. They’re ringed with chrome, which adds a tastefully restrained premium accent to the body side.

     

    Other details blend form and function such as outside mirrors mounted on pedestals on the doors rather than the corners of the front side windows. The design offers a greater field of view, while the mirror housings were shaped in the wind tunnel to help reduce wind noise.

     

    Aerodynamic considerations also drove the dynamic sweep of the decklid, which acts as a spoiler to optimize airflow over the LaCrosse, and the front of the car features deflectors in front of the tires to reduce drag.

     

    Additional exterior elements include:

    • High-intensity discharge headlamps and LED signature lighting are standard
    • LED taillamps are standard
    • Eighteen-inch wheels are standard and 20-inch wheels are available
    • Active grille shutters
    • Capless fuel filler on all models.

     


    Seamless ambience, authentic craftsmanship
    The new LaCrosse’s interior is designed to offer an open and inviting space for passengers – one that is relaxing, luxurious and well-connected. Sculpturally beautiful form and premium materials complement technologies developed for effortless interfacing.

     

    It is the first Buick with a new single cockpit design aesthetic, characterized by a horizontal form that sweeps across the instrument panel and into the doors. It also incorporates a “floating” center console that positions the controller for the new Electronic Precision Shift high and close to the driver, while creating storage space below the console for items such as a handbag or tablet.

     

    “There is fluidity in the interior forms – a seamless ambience that flows throughout the cabin,” said Liz Wetzel, interior design director. “Like the exterior, there is sculptural beauty in the interior’s functionality, complemented with high-quality, authentic materials and exceptional attention to detail.”

     

    That attention to detail includes soft materials for virtually every touchpoint; real French stitching on the seats, instrument panel and more; and genuine aluminum sill plates and wood décor trim, depending on the model.

     

    “There is a handcrafted essence that is inviting and rewarding,” said Wetzel. “It is clean environment that is designed to refresh and inspire.”

     

    A number of new and enhanced available luxury features amplify the LaCrosse’s comfort quotient:

    • Three fashion-inspired interior trim choices: Jet Black, Dark Atmosphere and Shale, and Jet Black and Brandy
    • Contemporary Moon White ambient lighting
    • Eight-way-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats with new massage feature – with improved heating for quicker warm-up on cold mornings
    • Perforated leather-appointed seats
    • Heated steering wheel with power tilting/telescoping steering column
    • Dual-zone automatic climate control
    • Power rear sunshade
    • Premium Bose® audio system.

     


    It also offers greater, more practical storage space and easier access. The rear doors, for example, open wider and offer easier entry/egress, and the trunk not only offers approximately 7 percent more storage space than the current model, but was configured to accommodate four golf bags.

     

    Sophisticated, intuitive technologies – including phone integration
    As one of the segment’s most technologically advanced vehicles, the new LaCrosse offers a host of communication and convenience features designed for effortless connectivity.

     

    The central technology is the latest edition of Buick IntelliLink, which is controlled by a new, frameless 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen located at the center of an ergonomically optimized instrument panel. Along with the climate system and other features on the “center stack,” it was designed with fewer buttons and controls for more intuitive use.

     

    Phone integration technology is paired with IntelliLink and is designed to take phone features users would want to access while driving and put them on the 8-inch display via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The features allow customers to use select smartphone apps through the touchscreen interface. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

     

    Additional LaCrosse technology highlights include:

    • All-new Electronic Precision ShiftRather than a traditional shifter, gears are chosen andengaged via a simple toggle pull. It provides smooth, precise andresponsive shifting while enabling added storage in the center console.
    • Configurable, high-definition driver information center – Located in the center of the gauge cluster and flanked by round instrument binnacles, it has a large, 8-inch-diagonal full-color display.

    • Head-up display – This available feature offers four page views: speed, audio, navigation and performance. It also offers alerts for certain active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.
    • Available Teen Driver Technology – It encourages safe driving habits for new drivers by muting the audio or any device paired with the vehicle when front-seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts. It also provides audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling over predetermined speeds – and offers a “report card” for parents.
    • Wireless charging – When equipped with this available feature, the phone storage slot in the center console enables inductive charging without the need for plug-ins or cables.

     


    Buick QuietTuning process
    The new LaCrosse builds on the exemplary reputation of the current model – already a benchmark in the segment – to offer an even quieter driving experience that contributes to the car’s comfort and enjoyment.

     

    Significantly, the Buick QuietTuning team employed a dissipative approach to sound attenuation rather than the current model’s barrier system. That means the sound is absorbed primarily with a specialized, lightweight dissipative dash mat rather than heavier noise-blocking pads.

     

    Additional quieting features include:

    • New five-link rear suspension provides greater isolation from road noise than the current four-link design
    • Active noise cancellation is standard on all models
    • Acoustic wheelhouse liners
    • Acoustic-laminated windshield and front side windows
    • Triple-sealed doors
    • Improved body noise-path sealing
    • The windshield wipers “park” below the hood line to reduce wind noise.

     


    Next-generation powertrain
    LaCrosse’s all-new 3.6L V-6 engine with direct injection and dual overhead cams represents the second generation of GM’s acclaimed DOHC V-6 engine family and incorporates new features such as Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology.

     

    Active Fuel Management system temporarily deactivates two the 3.6L’s cylinders in light-load driving conditions to enhance fuel efficiency and seamlessly reactivates them when the driver demands full power.

     

    With the efficiency-enhancing Stop/Start system, the engine is shut down in certain driving conditions such as stop-and-go city driving to reduce fuel consumption, automatically restarting when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal.

     

    Additionally, noise-reducing features including an all-new cam drive system contribute to the vehicle’s benchmark quietness.

     

    The 3.6L is estimated at 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 268 lb-ft of torque (363 Nm); and it’s matched with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

     

    Balanced, efficient driving experience
    Thanks to its new, lighter and stiffer architecture – and a number of new and enhanced complementing technologies – the 2017 LaCrosse offers a driving experience that is as responsive and direct as it is quiet and comfortable. It also offers enhanced capability with Buick’s first twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system.

     

    A new five-link rear suspension is the central component of the improved ride and handling characteristics. It helps reduces roll center motion, enables positive lateral control and promotes excellent dynamic stability. In short, it helps keep the tires planted on all surfaces – and contributes to a quieter ride through greater isolation from road noise.

     

    At the front, a MacPherson-strut suspension is standard and Buick’s HiPer Strut suspension is used on front-wheel-drive models with 20-inch wheels. It helps reduce torque steer and maintain negativecamber during cornering, improving maximum grip in all road conditions. Italso improves the direct feel of the vehicle, while isolating undesirable feedback.

     

    Available, electronically controlled Continuous Damping Control further optimizes ride comfort and handling capabilities over varying road surfaces and profiles. It’s an active suspension system that can adjust damping every two milliseconds, with Touring and Sport damping modes selected by the driver through the Electronic Precision Shift.

     

    Also contributing to LaCrosse’s more-direct driving experience is an enhanced, rack-mounted electronic power steering system, which incorporates Lead-Pull Compensation. It automatically adjusts the steering angle to account for factors like crowned roads or high crosswinds.

     

    LaCrosse’s new twin-clutch AWD system offers the ultimate in grip in and control, with better performance during acceleration and cornering. It allows torque to be split between the rear wheels for optimal performance and the twin-clutch design uses independent clutch actuation to determine and control the amount of torque sent to each rear wheel.

     

    Additional chassis and driver control features on the 2017 LaCrosse include:

    • Low-drag four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors, which offer up to double the service life of conventional rotors
    • Hill Start Assist with Automatic Vehicle Hold, which can hold the brakes up to five minutes, depending on conditions
    • Electronic park brake
    • Shear-type suspension mounts that offer greater ride, handling and noise isolation attributes.

     


    FAST FACT: Sales of the Buick LaCrosse have exceeded 900,000 globally since it went on sale in 2009.

     

    Buick is an international modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models in North America and China. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick, on Instagram, or at www.facebook.com/buick

     


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    CONTACT:
    Crystal Wilson
    Buick Communications
    crystal.wilson@gm.com
    313-618-9996

     

    2017 BUICK LACROSSE PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

     

    Overview
    Model:
    Buick LaCrosse FWD & AWD
    Body style / driveline:
    front-drive/all-wheel-drive, front-engine, four-door, five- passenger sedan
    Construction:
    integral
    EPA vehicle class:
    midsize sedan
    Manufacturing location:
    Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich.
    Key competitors:
    Lexus ES 350, Lincoln MKZ

     

    Engine

     

    3.6L V-6 DI VVT
    Displacement (cu in / cc):
    223 / 3649
    Bore & stroke (in / mm):
    3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8
    Block material:
    cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
    Cylinder head material:
    cast aluminum
    Valvetrain:
    DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing; Active Fuel Management
    Fuel delivery:
    direct high-pressure fuel injection
    Compression ratio:
    11.5:1
    Horsepower
    (hp / kW @ rpm):
    305 / 227 @ 6800 (est.)
    Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):
    268 / 363 @ 5200 (est.)
    Recommended fuel:
    regular unleaded
    GM-estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):
    TBD Transmission
    Type:
    eight-speed, electronically controlled automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch
    Gear ratios (:1):

     

    First:
    5.25
    Second:
    3.02
    Third:
    1.95
    Fourth:
    1.47
    Fifth:
    1.22
    Sixth:
    1.00
    Seventh:
    0.80
    Eighth:
    0.57
    Reverse:
    4.01
    Final drive ratio:
    3.07

     

    Chassis / Suspension
    Suspension (front):
    FWD/AWD with 18-in. wheels & AWD with 20-in. wheels: MacPherson strut coil-over-spring
    FWD with 20-in. wheels: HiPer Strut with Continuous Damping Control
    Suspension (rear):
    FWD/AWD with 18-in. wheels & AWD with 20-in. wheels: five-link
    FWD with 20-in. wheels: five-link with Continuous Damping Control
    Steering type:
    electric variable-effort power steering with Active Return Assist
    Steering ratio:
    TBD
    Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:
    TBD
    Turning circle (ft / m):
    38 / 11.6

     

    Brakes
    Type:
    split, dual-circuit four-wheel-disc with power assist; Duralife brake rotors; brake pre-fill and Electronic Brake Force Distribution
    Rotor diameter x thickness
    (in / mm):
    TBD

     

    Wheels / Tires
    Wheel size and type:

     

    18-in. aluminum
    20-in. aluminum
    Tires:
    P235/50R18 all-season
    P245/40R20 all-season

     

    Dimensions
    Exterior
    Wheelbase (in / mm):
    114.4 / 2905
    Overall length (in / mm):
    197.5 / 5017
    Overall width (in / mm):
    73.2 / 1859
    Overall height (in / mm):
    57.5 / 1460
    Track (in / mm):
    front: 62.9 / 1599
    rear: 63.1 / 1602
    Curb weight (lb / kg):
    TBD

     

    Interior
    Seating capacity:
    2 / 3
    Headroom (in / mm):
    front: 38.4 / 975 (w/o sunroof)
    rear: 37.1 / 943 (w/o sunroof)
    Legroom (in / mm):
    front: 42 / 1067
    rear: 39.9 / 1014
    Shoulder room (in / mm):
    front: 57.7 / 1466
    rear: 56.6 / 1437
    Hip room (in / mm):
    front: 54.7 / 1390
    rear: 55 / 1399
    Cargo volume (cu. ft. / L):
    14.2 / 402

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    I am not 100% sold on the exterior.  The interior and features offered are beautiful.  It'll sell well, I think.  Not a fan of the steering wheel... think it looks cheap.  I would have liked to have seen either a little more chrome or a little wood on it.

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    That is a stunner. They've really cleaned up the sheetmetal. This is a proper successor to the clean and stately 2010-13 Lacrosse design, which I loved. The interior design is super classy as well.

     

    After dropping 300 lbs and pairing the new V6 with the slick 8-speed auto, this Lacrosse might be a bit of a sleeper. I'd love to see a turbo V6/AWD model to really elevate the Buick brand.

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    I am not 100% sold on the exterior.  The interior and features offered are beautiful.  It'll sell well, I think.  Not a fan of the steering wheel... think it looks cheap.  I would have liked to have seen either a little more chrome or a little wood on it.

     

    I'm with Paolino on the LaCrosse's exterior. Something just seems off and I can't put my finger as to why. I think I need to see this car in person.

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    Having just purchased a 2013 Buick LaCrosse Premium I sedan for my wife, I must say I am impressed with the new 2017 model.  The interior alone is amazing, and I'm waiting for still shots of the side profile and rear three-quarter angle to come out before really committing to this new design (I saw a video that eased some of my concerns with those two angles).  I think this will leap in MSRP based on the amount of standard features mentioned in the press release, which may put it out of our future price range.  So far I will say I'm liking what I'm seeing and look forward to seeing it in person in the new year (Philly Auto Show,Jan 30-Feb 7).

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    Three generations of the Buick LaCrosse:

     

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    I keep seeing a TON of the first generation LaCrosse in the 3/4 views.

     

    I see it too, in the six-window roof style, the creases in the hood, and in the sweep spear rear haunch design.

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    It looks gorgeous. The current model is very very nice. I almost bought one myself before I ended up getting my Impala.. but had this 2017 been out.. I think I would have went Buick. Looks like the one thing that held me back from the Lacrosse has been fixed.. the TRUNK. The new one looks to have the Impala's sized trunk.. which I do use often in transporting equipment from certain job sites. 

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    Looks pretty awesome. The front looks leaner and sleeker and the back looks a little more muscular with the wheel "hunches". I really like what the did with the front end. Nothing major but it was nipped and tucked very very well. I also think the horizontal bar in the grill looks good.

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    I am not 100% sold on the exterior.  The interior and features offered are beautiful.  It'll sell well, I think.  Not a fan of the steering wheel... think it looks cheap.  I would have liked to have seen either a little more chrome or a little wood on it.

     

    I'm with Paolino on the LaCrosse's exterior. Something just seems off and I can't put my finger as to why. I think I need to see this car in person.

     

     

    It's what i feared from seeing the teaser, the teaser looked 'off', this reveal confirms it.  It's a Chinese car.  This misses 'Buick'.  This is a retrograde step from the current LaCrosse.

     

    It's off the same way the Envision is off.

     

    This has equal flavor Acura ILX kick line and 1st gen Hyundai Ajera kick line in the back.  Greenhouse is generic, not rakish like previous gen.

     

    There is no 'sweepspear' present.

     

    Front grille looks clumsy, are we back to dowdy LeSabre days?

     

    Tailights are nice.

     

    What does this bode for the Regal?  At least we know the Regal won't be on a 116" wheelbase.

     

    A ford Flex like Buick would be great on this wheelbase.

     

    Interior is not bad even with some of the higher end Kia / Hyundai vibe.

     

    It's pretty clear to me there is no North American styling flavor assigned to Buick anymore.

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    I am not 100% sold on the exterior.  The interior and features offered are beautiful.  It'll sell well, I think.  Not a fan of the steering wheel... think it looks cheap.  I would have liked to have seen either a little more chrome or a little wood on it.

     

    I'm with Paolino on the LaCrosse's exterior. Something just seems off and I can't put my finger as to why. I think I need to see this car in person.

     

     

    It's what i feared from seeing the teaser, the teaser looked 'off', this reveal confirms it.  It's a Chinese car.  This misses 'Buick'.  This is a retrograde step from the current LaCrosse.

     

    It's off the same way the Envision is off.

     

    This has equal flavor Acura ILX kick line and 1st gen Hyundai Ajera kick line in the back.  Greenhouse is generic, not rakish like previous gen.

     

    There is no 'sweepspear' present.

     

    Front grille looks clumsy, are we back to dowdy LeSabre days?

     

    Tailights are nice.

     

    What does this bode for the Regal?  At least we know the Regal won't be on a 116" wheelbase.

     

    A ford Flex like Buick would be great on this wheelbase.

     

    Interior is not bad even with some of the higher end Kia / Hyundai vibe.

     

    It's pretty clear to me there is no North American styling flavor assigned to Buick anymore.

     

     

    I see literally zero of what you're seeing, but I've seen the car in person. 

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    I like the interior.  The inside has a bit of a 1st generation Hyundai Genesis to it, and that is a good thing.  The interior layout was good in that car.  The new Lacrosse interior is elegant, and clean and straight forward.  The current car was too busy and the layout was weird.  I give them an A on the interior for the $35,000 full size car segment.

     

    The outside however reminds me of a Nissan, I just can't get excited by it.  Has some Azera in the rear 3/4 and C-pillar area, not really a fan of the wings off the hood ornament, I'd rather focus on the waterfall grille since that is their signature.

     

    Interesting how this car gets a STANDARD 3.6 liter V6, yet the Cadillac ATS, CTS, and CT6 get a standard 4 cylinder.  That makes no sense, if Cadillac is a full level above Buick.   CTS and CT6 should have a standard V6 as well.

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    I think the point of the 2.0lin both cars is because the competition offers a turbo 4. The Buick Lacrosse main competition is the ES350, which is standard and singular 3.5 v6. My bet is in the Chinese market the LaX will have a 2.0l or smaller choice as well for to taxation. I will also point out that in NA. the Buick's 3.6l is rated almost with the 2.0lturbo when one considers the lighter weight and torque in the CT6 configuration.

    BTW. I wouldn't bet on the CT6 being 4cylinder heavy in sales. The 3.6l will be volume if for no other reason than the slight upcharge in price

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    Mixed bag :

    • I generally don't care for the full-width 'bar' under the chin (dislike it on the ATS), but the way Buick swept it into the corners and (visually) into the lower body lines is very well done.

    • Beyond tired of the 4-spoke wheel.

    • Overall interior looks excellent, design-wise.

    • Tails are expressive without looking like they tried to make that way; they're organic.

    • Disappointed to see the SweepSpear dropped.

    • Can't tell for sure, but the Ventiports are looking too de-emphasized IMO. I liked them on the hood; I'd like to see them stamped in to the sheet metal withOUT chrome trim for a change.

    • Are those 20" rims?

     

    •The biggest concern is the Chinese-pics (seen elsewhere) where the LaCrosse looks like it has an enormous frontal overhang. I was looking forward to a profile shot here...

     

    Overall interior/exterior grade : 88 

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    I think the point of the 2.0lin both cars is because the competition offers a turbo 4. The Buick Lacrosse main competition is the ES350, which is standard and singular 3.5 v6. My bet is in the Chinese market the LaX will have a 2.0l or smaller choice as well for to taxation. I will also point out that in NA. the Buick's 3.6l is rated almost with the 2.0lturbo when one considers the lighter weight and torque in the CT6 configuration.

    BTW. I wouldn't bet on the CT6 being 4cylinder heavy in sales. The 3.6l will be volume if for no other reason than the slight upcharge in price

    The E-class has a standard V6 and is the segment gold standard, the Lexus GS is a standard V6, Infiniti Q70 has a standard V6.  Anything the CT6 is supposed to compete with has 6 or 8 cylinders.  Cadillac is also the challenger, not the leader, they should use the 3.6 V6 as their base model, a 3.0 TT as a mid-level engine.

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    I think the point of the 2.0lin both cars is because the competition offers a turbo 4. The Buick Lacrosse main competition is the ES350, which is standard and singular 3.5 v6. My bet is in the Chinese market the LaX will have a 2.0l or smaller choice as well for to taxation. I will also point out that in NA. the Buick's 3.6l is rated almost with the 2.0lturbo when one considers the lighter weight and torque in the CT6 configuration.

    BTW. I wouldn't bet on the CT6 being 4cylinder heavy in sales. The 3.6l will be volume if for no other reason than the slight upcharge in price

    The E-class has a standard V6 and is the segment gold standard, the Lexus GS is a standard V6, Infiniti Q70 has a standard V6.  Anything the CT6 is supposed to compete with has 6 or 8 cylinders.  Cadillac is also the challenger, not the leader, they should use the 3.6 V6 as their base model, a 3.0 TT as a mid-level engine.

    That Mercedes is a fat fat fat pig and its only the gold standard to people who don't kno any better

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    I think the point of the 2.0lin both cars is because the competition offers a turbo 4. The Buick Lacrosse main competition is the ES350, which is standard and singular 3.5 v6. My bet is in the Chinese market the LaX will have a 2.0l or smaller choice as well for to taxation. I will also point out that in NA. the Buick's 3.6l is rated almost with the 2.0lturbo when one considers the lighter weight and torque in the CT6 configuration.

    BTW. I wouldn't bet on the CT6 being 4cylinder heavy in sales. The 3.6l will be volume if for no other reason than the slight upcharge in price

    The E-class has a standard V6 and is the segment gold standard, the Lexus GS is a standard V6, Infiniti Q70 has a standard V6.  Anything the CT6 is supposed to compete with has 6 or 8 cylinders.  Cadillac is also the challenger, not the leader, they should use the 3.6 V6 as their base model, a 3.0 TT as a mid-level engine.

    Meanwhile the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series both have turbo-fours as their base engines.

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    I am glad I am not the only one who sees the first generation LaCrosse in the window design in the theme overall look of this car.  It looks like someone took the first generation LaCrosse and redesigned the car.  I think the Chinese designers did the second generation because it was a concept car and the American GM designers did the the third generation.  I guess we will have to see it in person.  I think I see  1st generation plus the 2nd generation. which equals the  3rd generation.

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    I am glad I am not the only one who sees the first generation LaCrosse in the window design in the theme overall look of this car.  It looks like someone took the first generation LaCrosse and redesigned the car.  I think the Chinese designers did the second generation because it was a concept car and the American GM designers did the the third generation.  I guess we will have to see it in person.  I think I see  1st generation plus the 2nd generation. which equals the  3rd generation.

    I also wanted to say also the see two cars in the tail lamps.  I see the first generation  La Crosse tail lamps mixed with the Regal/Insignia tail lamps.

     

    That wheelbase is as long as the B Bodies were in the 1980's.  That car is still less than 200 inches long.  It is big as the downsized H and C bodies were in the 1980's.

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      The slightly angled dashboard and amenity controls allows for the driver to have a clear view of the road ahead and intuitive access to instrumentation – a nod to the C-HR’s sports car influence. The 7-inch audio display is positioned centrally atop the dash, rather than in it, so as to help reduce a driver’s eye movements. An informative twin-ring gauge cluster resides behind the leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel. The wheel, with its slender profile, small diameter, and compact center pad, is reminiscent of a sports car’s easy-to-grip helm. The satin-plated shift knob exudes a high-quality feeling, and once in-hand, has a solid shift movement. A bright 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display sits between the twin-ring cluster.
      Key XLE standard features include a premium leather steering wheel; power fold and heated mirrors; auto-dimming rearview mirror with backup camera; electric parking brake; and dual-zone climate control. The XLE Premium builds upon the XLE’s amenities and adds Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert; heated front seats; power lumbar driver’s seat; auto fold, heated side mirrors with puddle lamps that project “Toyota C-HR”; fog lamps; and Smart Key with Push Button Start. Both grades are equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen display having AM/FM/HD Radio™, Aha™app, USB port and AUX jack, Bluetooth®, and Voice Recognition with voice training. 
      Bolstered bucket seats help keep passengers snug and comfortable, no matter their commute’s duration or dynamism. All passengers will appreciate the generous amount of small item storage space and cup holders. Designers used scalloped seatbacks, foot well cubbies carved below the front seats, and a chamfered headliner to create a spacious backseat environment. Sound insulating materials placed on the carpet, headliner, A-pillars, and door trim to help keep all unwanted noises out and the good conversations in. For extra cargo carrying versatility on weekend trips or errand runs, the rear 60/40 seat can split and fold flat. 
      SURPRISE ATHLETE
      The Toyota C-HR scores high on style points, but it is also a hit when it comes to thrilling fun and impressive comfort. Deputy Chief Engineer Koba took full advantage of the C-HR’s adaptable Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) to craft an engaging character that goes well beyond just a cool appearance. The C-HR’s core driving personality incorporates the ingredients of a well-sorted sports car – one that seamlessly melds cunning responsiveness, linearity, consistency, and comfort. 
      Years were spent developing the C-HR’s driving performance and ride quality on some of the world’s most curvaceous and challenging roads, including the Nürburgring Nordschleife, an iconic racing circuit. Doing so took a mix of innovation, creativity, and trial and error. As a result, the TNGA platform – with an inherent low center-of-gravity, high strength, and low weight – benefitted from extra rigidity through added spot welding, gussets, braces, and adhesives in and on key connection structures. 
      The newly developed MacPherson strut front suspension with SACHS dampers has angled strut bearings and a large diameter stabilizer bar to help the C-HR’s front end respond quickly and precisely at initial corner turn-in. And at the rear, an all-new double-wishbone suspension utilizes SACHS shock absorbers with urethane upper supports – a first for Toyota. The material, together with an aluminum-cast upper support housing, aids in the dampers’ absorption efficiency, and therefore, greatly benefit passenger comfort, cabin quietness, and vehicle agility. 
      Feeling connected to the road is characteristic of a sporty drive, and the C-HR delivers with its column-type Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system. As is the case with other EPS systems, a tilt of the steering wheel will return light feedback at low speeds, and at higher speeds, drivers will notice stronger feedback for increased confidence while behind the wheel. The C-HR’s steering system’s feel, however, relies on a highly rigid rack-and-pinion steering gearbox that is installed directly to the front suspension. 
      For all of its sportiness, the C-HR’s ride quality is well-sorted, civilized, and highly capable in absorbing the nastiest of unkempt pavement. The end result is a C-HR that finds itself as at home on congested boulevards as it does on serpentine roads. 
      COMPACT PUNCH 
      The C-HR’s engine, a punchy 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 144 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of torque, sends all power to the front wheels via continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine employs many of Toyota’s latest generation of technologies, including Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and Valvematic, both of which have received extensive optimization to enhance fuel economy and smooth operation. Valvematic offers a broader range of continuously variable valve timing (lift and phasing) to provide optimal intake valve (not on exhaust side) operation relative to engine demands. Furthermore, to reduce exhaust emissions, the catalyst is warmed earlier during the engine’s ignition cycle.  
      The all-new CVT received much attention by engineers, and utilizes redesigned pulleys to enhance acceleration and fuel economy; a new belt structure to reduce cabin noise; and, a world’s-first coaxial two-port oil pump system that allows for continuous oil pressure modifications in various driving conditions. A Preload Differential helps to distribute torque between the left and right wheels during low-speed operation to make for easier, composed driving. 
      Of course, drivers and passengers will appreciate the powertrain’s fuel efficiency, impressive smoothness, and quiet operation, but they’ll love Sport mode and the simulated 7-speed Sequential Shiftmatic. Engaging the Sport mode via the MID increases the responsiveness of the throttle, quickens the CVT’s automatic artificial “step-up” shifts, and maintains high engine speed to enhance acceleration. The EPS’ feedback is weightier for a more confidence-inspiring feel. Pushing the gearshift over to the left while in Drive engages Sequential Shiftmatic, and lets drivers shift simulated gears at their convenience.
      STATE-OF-THE-ART SAFETY 
      No matter its grade, the C-HR comes equipped with standard Toyota Safety Sense P™ (TSS-P). This multi-feature advanced active safety suite bundles cutting-edge active safety technologies including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function (PCS w/PD) featuring forward collision warning and Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), and Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). The C-HR is the only competitor in the segment to offer standard Full-Speed DRCC.
      Complementing TSS-P are 10 standard airbags, standard Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and rear backup camera, as well as available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which are only available on the XLE Premium grade.
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