The LaCrosse is the first production vehicle to feature Buick’s new styling direction, one designed to bring the American brand closer to Europe’s Opel division, to allow the two brands to more easily share models.
For the LaCrosse however, there’s a 227kW 3.6 litre V6 engine with active fuel management (cylinder deactivation) and start/stop, new eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel-drive.
Buick has also made a concentrated effort to make the LaCrosse as quiet as possible with active noise cancellation, acoustic windscreen, acoustic wheel arch liners, and triple-sealed doors keeping road, wind, and engine noise at bay.
Interiors are crafted from perforated leather, with heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, rear power sunshade, 8.0-inch touchscreen and 8.0-inch instrument cluster display, and Bose audio.
On the outside there’s HID headlamps, LED tail lamps, 18- to 20-inch wheel choices, and active grille shutters.
Safety equipment includes 10 airbags, autonomous braking, lane keep assist and lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind zone alert, and rear view camera.
With a features list like that, the LaCrosse would make a perfect replacement for the Calais and Calais V models from the Commodore range when local production ceases in 2017.
That isn’t the case however, with the Insignia mooted to step in for mainstream Commodore models. That car, in its new generation will be larger but lighter than the current Insignia, and based on the same underpinnings as the LaCrosse.
Expect styling to follow the themes set by the LaCrosse, with detail changes to front and rear styling making it more Opel and less Buick in its appearance.
A high-performance V8 with rear wheel drive will also likely make the cut here as a separate model line to fill the shoes of the SS - but it remains to be seen if that car is a sedan, or moves to a two-door body style.
As for the LaCrosse itself, it will be made available in Buick’s prime North American and Chinese markets next year - and is the first Buick model to mark the return of Buick’s red, silver, and blue tri-shield badge, which was phased out in 2002.
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