For years, Buick has been offering a blown up and to some extent lackluster though comfortable and near-premium sedan. However, this is going to be a thing of the past as Buick is set to release a new 2017 Buick Lacrosse that looks leaner and more stylish than anything we have ever seen from the automaker.
Finally, Buick seems to have this segment nailed down. Signals that Buick was planning to take a different design approach started when they debuted the Avenir concept last year at Detroit Auto Show in January. The concept left us hoping for a brand new Buick to target traditional automakers in the luxury market but it seems the LaCrosse will adopt the Avenir’s cues leaving the concept just like that…a concept. The new LaCrosse was first showcased at the previous Los Angeles Auto Show and is currently on display at Chicago Auto Show.
Here at NiceCarsInfo.com believe that the new expressive design represents a break from their uninspiring past and showcases the automakers progress; only that we wish it could have come earlier. Read along to find out the new changes Buick has brought to the LaCrosse;
2017 Buick Lacrosse Exterior
When you look at the new LaCrosse from the front end, you will immediately be drawn to its stylish grille similar to that we saw on the Avenir concept. This presents a more gorgeous interpretation of the signature Buick waterfall grille with active shutters. Flanking the grille is a pair of redesigned HID headlights that look much slimmer and longer.
The design which is also adopted from the concept makes the vehicle look more aggressive. The vehicle also features LED DRLs. Below the grille sits a redesigned bumper that features slim but wide air intakes and a chrome strip surround. Above the grille is a new sculpted hood that enhances the vehicle’s stylish look.
Switching to the rear, the design presents a significant step from the previous models. It looks more modern and refined. The deck is much longer with a cleaner design. Gone is the previous model’s thick chrome trim which has been replaced by a cleaner design. The new LED taillights look slimmer and extend into the trunk lid and also feature chrome inserts (the only feature retained from the outgoing model).
The new 2017 Buick Lacrosse rides on a set of 18-inch wheels as standard though 20-inch wheels are available.
Dimension-wise, the new LaCrosse is 0.6 inches longer at 197.5 inches and 1.6 inches shorter at 57.5 inches. Its wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer at 114.4 inches making the vehicle look sportier. The width remains unchanged at 73.2 inches.
2017 Buick Lacrosse Interior
It is not only the exterior that has received a major overhaul; the cabin too has been restyled using the Avenir as inspiration. The new wrap-around dash is more stylish courtesy of its new horizontal and curvy lines, a large wood trim on the passenger’s side and a fine chrome trim. The vehicle also features a “floating” center console which is wrapped in leather with a dose of wood trim. The console is also tall and very wide like those of bigger sedans.
As you would expect, perforated leather is the standard upholstery on the seats. The shifter and the steering wheel are also wrapped in leather. However, depending o the trim level, you will find French stitching, aluminum sill plates and wood trim. The cabin is offered in three fashion-inspired trim choices which are the Dark Atmosphere, Jet Black and Shale and Brandy. The cabin also sports a new center stack featuring a large touch-screen and two A/C vents. The area between the shifter features a number of knobs and buttons but is less cluttered than that of the outgoing model.
The cabin is illuminated by Moon White ambient lighting. Other features include; a heated, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 8-way adjustable, heated and ventilated front seats with a massage function, dual-zone automatic climate control and a premium Bose sound system.
The vehicle is also packed with various technology features. They include Buick’s latest IntelliLink displayed on an 8-inch touch-screen. The system integrates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These features enable the driver to select Smartphone apps via the touch-screen interface. These features are controlled via voice commands or trough a button on the steering wheel.
The cabin is quieter courtesy of an Active noise cancellation and addition of various acoustic features like the acoustic wheelhouse liners, triple sealed doors and acoustic-laminated windshield among others.
For safety, the Lacrosse features ten airbags, lane keep assist, front pedestrian braking, forward automatic braking, lane change alert, side blind zone alert and automatic park assist, a rear vision camera and adaptive cruise control among others.
For 2017, the Buick Lacrossse will come with a single drive-train. The unit is a 3.6 L, V-6 capable of 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. The 2.4 L, 4-cylinder engine is no longer offered. This engine is borrowed from the Cadillac XT5 crossover. The new engine presents 1hp and 4 lb-ft of torque improvement from the outgoing model. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission system.
The vehicle will be offered in FWD as standard with an option for AWD. Buick is yet to disclose official fuel economy, acceleration and top speed details. We will be back with that information as soon as it becomes available. To help save more gas, the engine is hooked up with a stop/start technology and the active fuel management system.
Price and release date
Just as with engine specs, the price of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is still a mystery. However, we don’t believe the new sedan price will vary much from the current models. Currently, the base FWD 1SV Group starts at $31,990 with the top-of-the-range FWD Leather Group starting at $ 36,650. AWD models cost much more.
If you are around Chicago, make a stop at the Chicago Auto Show to get a glimpse of the Buick LaCrosse. The exhibition runs from the 13th to 21st February. The LaCrosse will hit dealerships in the summer of this year.
The new LaCrosse will face rivalry from the Lincoln MKZ, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon and the Acura TLX.