Buick has unveiled the 2017 LaCrosse ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Described as the "new face" of Buick, the redesigned sedan has an all-new grille which features a tri-colored shield insignia accented by a wing-shaped element. The grille is flanked by sweptback HID headlights which have integrated LED daytime running lights.
Moving further back, there's front fender vents and a modern interpretation of the firm's "sweepspear" body-side design. The LaCrosse features 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, and a stylish rear end with an integrated spoiler.
General Motors has been getting serious about improving interior quality and the 2017 LaCrosse does not disappoint as drivers will find themselves surrounded by higher quality materials and soft-touch accents. Detailed specifications will be announced at a later date but the model has a flowing dashboard with wood trim and metallic accents. There's a floating center console and the company's new Precision Electronic gear shift knob.
A variety of options will be available including a heated steering wheel, a power tilt / telescoping steering column, and a wireless smartphone charger. Customers will be able to order a heads-up display, a power rear sunshade, and perforated leather front seats with heating, ventilation, and massage functions. Other highlights include a Bose premium audio system and an IntelliLink infotainment system with an eight-inch display and Apple CarPlay / Auto Android compatibility.
Power is provided by a new 3.6-liter V6 engine that features start / stop technology and a cylinder deactivation system. It produces an estimated 305 bhp (227 kW) and 268 lb-ft (363 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.
Underneath the skin, the LaCrosse rides on an all-new platform that enables the car to weigh about 300 pounds (136 lbs) less than its predecessor. As part of the weight saving measures, Buick used high-strength steels and new dissipative sound absorbing material.
Speaking of the chassis, the car has a new five-link rear suspension and an electronic power steering system. Higher-end variants can be equipped with a HiPer Strut front suspension and a Continuous Damping Control system.
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse will go on sale early next summer and pricing will be announced closer to launch.