While the LaCrosse might not be on everyone’s taste and while some people think that it is not a great car, take into account that GM sold nearly a million of these since 2009 in two markets, the US and China. This shows that despite the fact the car was lacking the on-road prowess of its lighter and more powerful competitors, it managed to offer a comfortable ride as well as a lot of features which made it a really good buy. In order to keep the trend, GM released an all new model in the late 2015 with the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.
The new model is using GM’s all new P2XX platform which has been derived from their smaller modular E2XX platform.
This means that the car is nearly 300 pounds lighter than before without having to cut on size. In fact, the new LaCrosse is both wider and longer than before but it is slightly lower in order to provide a much nicer stance that will appeal to a broader customer base.
2017 Buick LaCrosse Release date
The new model is expected to be present at the Chicago Auto Show as well, which will happen next month. Here, the car will likely be revealed with all of its available trim levels and pricing scheme and this time around, GM likely provide a release date as well.
Engine of Buick LaCrosse
In terms of engine, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse will be available on the market with three different engines. China will get two smaller ones while the US will get a larger V6.
The base model in China will receive GM’s newest 1.5 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine which will provide up to 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque while further up the range, a 2 liter turbocharged unit with up to 260 horsepower is also going to be available.
US on the other hand will receive a larger 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 good for up to 305 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This will provide the required performance and thanks to the car’s weight loss, it will be faster and more fuel efficient than the older model as well. All three of them will come with an 8 speed automatic and standard front wheel drive while an option will also give the car all wheel drive.
While many people don’t know for now, the new LaCrosse will actually be the base of Opel’s next flag-ship sedan which is going to be called the new Insignia.
Besides the engine found on the Chinese market, this model is also expected to get a couple of diesel engines as well as a more powerful 3 liter twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine for the VXR-high performance model.
Exterior of Buick LaCrosse 2017
The previous LaCrosse was a dull-looking car with its curvy design and rather bland lines. Well, the new model is a totally different beast and while somehow they managed to keep the car’s character unchanged, it now looks a lot better than before.
The front end has been influenced by the Avenir concept with the new grille and its slim headlights while the car’s general shape has moved to something that looks a lot like a luxury sedan. In fact, some people would be led to believe that the car looks like a Mercedes S Class and we wouldn’t be surprised.
Buick LaCrosse Interior
Inside the cabin the new 2017 Buick LaCrosse is offering a lot more space than before and on top of that, there are more features and equipment available which make from it a really good car to own.
To top it all off, the car’s imposing exterior design hasn’t been adopted for the interior and instead the passengers will enjoy a minimalistic-looking interior which offers everything you would ever need from a less-than $33,000 car.