Presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse lineup appeared to be a full-fledged series embodiment of the recently launched Avenir Concept version. This car will for sure become the flagship and would be a serious competitor to the premium sedans from European and Japanese manufacturers.
The Exterior Design
The new car features an unusual LED lighting. The headlights are characterized by the angular shape, with the presence of the original aerodynamics only at the edges of the turn signals. The Xenon in this model was not removed; it has been supplemented with the LEDs running lights.
The grille design has been slightly changed, and due to its impressive look has received the name “Waterfall”. Firstly, it is outlined with the chrome-plated strips, which are arranged vertically and directed slightly outwards, starting from the center. Here is the nameplate of the manufacturer, mounted on a shining platform.
Observing the bumper it can be noticed that it has become very streamlined. The developers have given preference to aerodynamics, leaving no hint of sharpness.
The profile of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse boasts of an elegant uninterrupted curvature lines from the front fenders to the rear. The body stands on the 18-inch light-alloy wheels.
The rear of the model also looks very attractive. The rear lights “filling” is for 100 percent LED. The lights are divided into two parts by the tailgate. The massive bumper is equipped with a diffuser with two pipes on the exhaust, oval at the edges, system.
In general, the appearance of a new car is considered to be stylish, modern and successful. All the used solutions and ideas are perfect for each other, without any stylistic errors.
The Novelty Dimensions
The dimensions of the car have been changed a bit comparing to its predecessor:
- The body length has increased by 15 mm to 5020 mm;
- The width has increased by 10 mm to 1860 mm;
- The height has been reduced by 40 mm to 1460 mm;
- The wheel base has added as much as 65 mm up to 2910 mm.
The premium class of this model is even more noticeable in its interior, which is basically maintained with natural wood and leather that go well with carbon fiber. Significant improvements can be observed on the center console.
One gets the impression that it grows out of the tunnel between the seats, which in its turn rises up in the shape of original wavy design. The multimedia complex with a huge 8-inch display takes the central front part.
The car is also tooled with the Bose sound system. The head unit can plot a route, play files of almost all current extensions, as well as connect with Android and Apple devices.
The dashboard has lost all its mechanical elements – the graduated scale has been replaced by the screen, which displays all the necessary data. The steering wheel is also noticeably improved. Now it can be adjusted electronically and used to remember the necessary settings, it is also heated and equipped with a telescopic column.
One can easily enjoy the comfort of leather seats, which along with traditional heating and ventilation systems feature the massage function as well. This kind of engineers’ solution will make every journey comfortable and enjoyable.
The rear passengers will get the same comfy seats and a large amount of space for sufficient accommodation; so that they can forget about long exhausting journeys forever.
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse Technical Characteristics
The new generation car is designed on the innovative P2XX platform, which was also involved in creating the Chevrolet Malibu of the last generation. High-strength aluminum and steel alloys were used in the engineering and in combination with modern composites minimize the vehicle weight by 135 kg.
In this model, the independent suspension is used. There are MacPherson struts in the front, and the five-link suspension in the rear. As an additional option, as well as for top configuration, the HiPerStrut system, another variant of the front suspension, is provided here, which is supplemented by a useful property of dampers to change its stiffness. The sedan is equipped with the rear-wheel drive system.
Under the hood of the car it is possible to reveal only one version of the power unit – the V-shaped engine with a capacity of 3.5 liters. The engine with the Double Overheat Camshaft (DOHC), producing 309 HP, is coupled with the eight-speed automatic transmission.
The novelty sales start is scheduled for the middle of the next year. The North American market will be the first point where the car appears. The price for the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is yet unknown.