When Buick, an upscale auto brand of General Motors, unveiled the 2015 model Buick Avenir concept at the 2015 Auto Show in Detroit, most car aficionados started dreaming about a flagship sedan that would lastly offer the brand a weapon for the lavishness market. Alternatively, everybody knew that there was a chance that the Avenir would continue just as a concept and the latest announcement of Buick regarding the next-generation LaCrosse, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.
The 2017 model, which made its public first appearance in the public at the 2015 Motor Show in Los Angeles, it sports design prompts stimulated by the Avenir concept. The front part of the new LaCrosse borrows a lot from the concept sedan. The communicative design symbolizes a break from convention and emphasizes the progressiveness in all latest Buick models.
2017 Buick LaCrosse Changes, Exterior
The primary external element that catches the eye when observing the 2017 LaCrosse is the sporty and beautiful front grille, borrowed from the Avenir Concept. A sportier and sleeker reinterpretation of the waterfall grille of Buick dramatically changes the front look of the sedan. At first view, it is similar to that of the Avenir, but the grille of the new LaCrosse is rather different.
The horizontal trim in the new sedan sits a bit lower, whereas the thicker lip sits over the emblem. The V-shaped base is smoother, whereas the edges are sharper. The new vehicle also comes with a new Buick triple-shield. While the earlier model was featured with monochrome shields, on the new LaCrosse they are painted in silver, red and blue.
The new sedan also gets a newly carved hood, in addition to a pair of new headlights that appear very similar to that of the Avenir. They are now longer and slimmer, offering the next LaCrosse a more aggressive look. Down beneath, there is a redesigned bumper with a broad, but narrow air intake with a chrome narrow piece, running between the sides.
When comes to rear, the back fascia of the vehicle is a considerable departure from the earlier model, having a more modern and refined look. It comes equipped with a longer rear deck and the trunk lid features a cleaner design without the thick chrome trim of the earlier model. However, the retained chrome inserts around the taillights are smaller and they extend into the trunk top.
As the new LaCrosse comes with an extended wheelbase and the wheels in the front are pulled forward, the new sedan gained a new silhouette that makes it appear sleeker and longer. The shorter roofline offers a sportier look to the new sedan. Some of the standard external features available with the new Buick LaCrosse 2017 sedan include: LED daytime running lights. HID headlamps. Active grille shutters. LED taillights.
The 2017 model LaCrosse comes equipped with a set of 18-inch alloy wheels as standard and bigger 20-inch rims will be offered as an option. Regarding dimensions, the new LaCrosse comes with the body size of 197.5” (L) x 73.2” (W) x 57.5” (H) with the wheelbase length of 114.4 inches.
2017 Buick LaCrosse Interior
Similar to the exterior, the interior will be redesigned in a comfortable and luxurious way to make it via competently with its major class competitors, such as 2017 Lincoln MKZ and 2015-2016 Acura TLX. The cabin comes equipped with a stylish wrap around dashboard due to a combination of curvy and horizontal lines, the huge chunk of wood on the traveler side, and a superior chrome trim. The most inspiring internal feature is the taller and wider floating middle console, which is largely covered in leather and wood.
The area of the new center stack and the redesigned dashboard imitates that of the Avenir Concept, but the new LaCrosse features a pair of air conditioning vents and the touchscreen, mounted within the same element. The space between the shifter and the screen has been occupied by various knobs and buttons, but the area is less messy when compared to that of the earlier model.
The cabin of the new sedan also gets more attention to detail and it comes equipped with softer materials on almost every surface. The new Buick LaCrosse 2017 comes with French sewing on the instrument panel and the seats, wood trim and aluminum sill plates, according to the trim level. The interior trim of the new vehicle comes with three style-stimulated options, such as Dark Atmosphere and Shale, Jet Black and Jet Black and Brandy.
Some of the updated or new inside features available with the new sedan include: Eight-way-adaptable heated and aerated front seats. Moon White ambient lighting. Latest Bose audio system. Perforated leather-appointed seats. Double-zone automatic climate control. Heated steering wheel with power tilting or telescoping steering column. Power rear sunshade.
Necessary safety arrangement for both passengers and the driver has also been made of the next generation LaCrosse. This include: Ten airbags, counting two knee airbags for front travelers. Lane Keep Assist. Front Pedestrian Braking. Forward Collision Alert. Forward Automatic Braking. Lane Change Warning with Side Blind Zone Warning. Automatic Park Assist. Rear Vision Camera. Adaptive Cruise Control.
The automaker has also enhanced the spaciousness and storage room. Legroom has been increased in the back while access to the back seats is easier because of the new wider doors. It also comes with more cargo space, which is 7% more than that of the existing model, and it has been configured to house four golf bags.
Beneath the hood, it comes equipped with a smaller V6 engine with the displacement of 3.6 liters. Even though the engine is similar to that of the engine of the earlier model in terms of cylinder configuration and displacement, the powertrain is actually new and it has been borrowed from the Cadillac XT5 crossover.
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse engine generates the highest power of 305 ponies at 6,800 RPM and the highest torque of 268 pounds per foot at 5,200 RPM, which is 1 HP and 4 pounds per foot more than the power and torque offered by the engine of the earlier model.
The engine will be mated to an eight-velocity automatic gearbox to send power to the wheels. Better acceleration can also be achieved through the engine that makes the new sedan accelerate to a speed of 60 mph from the start in 6 seconds and assists it to get the maximum velocity of 155 mph. The new LaCrosse will be offered with the front-wheel drive system as standard and all-wheel-drive system as an option.
Base price and the date of release
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse release date is expected to be the concluding part of 2016. When comes to pricing, the new sedan with the front-wheel drive will be sold at a starting price of $33,500, whereas with the all-wheel drive, it will be available at $41,000.