By on November 16, 2018

Images of the refreshed 2020 Buick LaCrosse have leaked, thanks to some help from an unsecured Chinese government website used in the certification process of upcoming models. Finally, bureaucratic screw-ups are working in our favor. While we’ve seen heavily camouflaged test mules in the past, this is our first uncovered look at the third generation LaCrosse’s refreshed bodywork. Alterations are meaningful but not overbearing.

The front end has been completely worked over, making the LaCrosse more closely resemble the Chevrolet Malibu. However, the changes were no doubt made to keep it in line with modern Buick models. Headlamps are slimmer, designed around the placement of the model’s enlarged grille, just like on the Enclave, while the taillights are pure Regal. However, the LaCrosse carries just enough chrome to differentiate itself for those who like to pretend car spotting is a legitimate pastime. 

Auto Verdict, which was the first outlet to share the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s low-resolution images, noted that this particular regulatory requirement has caused numerous new product leaks in China, especially for SAIC-GM and Buick. Considering the manufacturer hasn’t made any official announcements, this makes yet another slip.

Overall, the new look hasn’t hurt the model. It looks slightly more aggressive and maybe resembles the E2XX Regal too closely. You’re welcome to weigh in and tell us how it’s pure genius or an unmitigated disaster. Since the current model went into production in 2016, you’ll only be judging the new bodywork, as GM is unlikely to mess with the mechanicals. The interior could change slightly.

The 2020 Buick LaCrosse should be available with a 3.6-liter V6 delivering  310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque. Base models come with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder mild-hybrid system. There has been no news of China’s true hybrid model making it to our shores. Expect the refreshed LaCrosse to appear at the Guangzhou Motor Show, followed by the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.

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28 Comments on “2020 Buick LaCrosse Leaked From Chinese Government Website...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    Will there be a button to disable the stop/start system?

    The Cruze got one this year, and the new trucks have one too. So hopefully that means GM is seeing the light on allowing customer’s some selectivity on this feature.

    • 0 avatar

      I had start-stop on rented Malibu and it sucks. So you stop at traffic light and engine shuts down. That’s okay you will not even notice. But then you release brake pedal a little and car suddenly shudders and you get scared. And then engine continue to run. So most of time engine runs at stop and the whole concept does not save any fuel and only annoys you.

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      Start/stop is the way of the future (for all the wrong reasons). Some let you disable it, but you must do so every time you start the vehicle. Others, have no such option and all are trending that way.

      Consider a Ford. Same problem, but a forscan hack will let you modify such things.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        Obviously I haven’t driven everything out there so more could exist, but the only vehicles I’ve seen without a stop/start “off” button were made by GM.

        You are correct that in pretty much everything you have to hit the button with each ignition cycle (although “sport” or “track” modes seems to turn it off too), but automakers must know it sucks and people want it turned off because they’re generally putting the button in a convenient location. BMW is even nice enough to integrate it into starting the car:

        tinyurl.com/y9a7wmfs

        Also as I wrote earlier today, GM is *adding* an off button to the Cruze and pickup trucks so I’m hoping that means the tide is turning.

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          Mercedes GLK didn’t have a disable – admittedly that ended production as a 2015 model.

          The stop/start system in the Malibu is horrific. The car shudders to life. The start/stop in the 2017+ LaCrosse is one of the best in the industry for being invisible both on stop and start. The 3.6L V6 in the 2017+ LaCrosse is unique to the P2XX/E2XX platform it is built on and was built with the intent of stop/start, versus the, “oh ya, lets add this to the powerplant.”

          Not a defense of stop/start – but the system in the Malibu with the 1.5T is night and day different from the 2017 LaCrosse with the 3.6NA.

  • avatar
    sckid213

    Rear end is a HUGE improvement. I’ve only seen 3 of these in real life in Los Angeles. All 3 rentals.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Wow, that looks great from all (both) angles.

  • avatar
    xtoyota

    Looks like a Ford Fusion

  • avatar
    downunder

    The next Holden ??? after Insignia/Commodore dies as a result of the OPEL sellout to PSA.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      downunder,
      GMH a few years back wrestled with the idea of a Chinese Holden Commodore. The Opel won out because of consumer backlash.

      The new Commodore isn’t selling that well, so the Euro Commodore might have been a poor choice.

      This Chinese Buick would be nice with a rear wheel drive and a blown 3.6.

  • avatar
    pdog_phatpat

    VW CC

  • avatar
    ttacgreg

    IMHO GM really is on a roll when it comes to car (not truck) styling. They can do some things right.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    The other day I saw a handsome sedan in traffic and wondered what it was, turned out it was a brand new Buick. I haven’t seen a new Buick around here in years!

  • avatar

    In flesh this Buick has a presence – we had one on our parking lot(rental of course). Unlike the original LaCrosse or even CT6 and XTS,

  • avatar
    Tosh

    Can I be first to say “LaCrosstour”?

  • avatar
    IBx1

    Looks like someone at Buick is a big fan of the Mazda 6.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I wonder if that “butt” is any taller than the current model? I’m hopping for a couple of cubic feet more trunk room. The current Lacrosse has 13 cubic ft of room – 15 cubic feet is more or less a minimum for me for family car duty.

    Oddly the current Lacrosse being on a newer platform than the closely related Impala and XTS has LESS trunk room than either one.

    Impala – 19 cubic ft
    XTS – 18 cubic ft


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