LA 2015: 2017 Buick LaCrosse Is A Plus-sized Sedan Minus A Waterfall
Buick finally gave us a look at the sedan we’ve been waiting on. General Motors unveiled the 2017 Buick LaCrosse at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday and detailed the mid-size sedan based on the Avenir concept unleashed last year.
While the final product retains many of the features seen on the Avenir — including Buick’s new face — the Lacrosse sports a decidedly un-bulbous rear end and a new colorized tri-sheild Buick badge. It has color again!
Under the hood is a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 305 horsepower and an 8-speed automatic transmission that delivers some miles per gallon — Buick didn’t say.
Buick added a five-link suspension in the rear and available all-wheel drive if you’re the sporting type on the way to the golf course. (Of course, the stuffed shirts at Buick pointed out that the LaCrosse can hold up to four golf bags.)
The new LaCrosse went on some kind of diet from the current version: the overall weight of the car is down 300 pounds — assuming you didn’t eat a heavy lunch — even with the 18-inch wheels as standard. According to the car’s official specs, 20-inch wheels will be available.
Inside, Buick’s new 8-speed gives way to an updated center armrest, but there’s certainly an awkward space above the transmission and below the climate controls. An 8.8-inch touchscreen will be forced into the LaCrosse’s dash, outlined by sweet, sweet chrome accents.
The car goes on sale next summer, but no price was announced.
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Looks cool. I'm sure my grandfather will be buying one.
That's not a Buick! Nope it's the refreshed Hyundai Azera disguised with Buick port holes!