The Buick LaCrosse is a mid-size luxury sedan that was produced to replace the Century and the Regal. The first generation model began sales in 2005 with the second generation coming about in 2009.
The current LaCrosse is powered by a a choice of three different engines. The first is a 2.4L I-4 producing 182hp and 172lb-ft of torque. The second engine is a 3.0L V6 producing 255hp and 217lb-ft of torque, while the third is a 3.6L V6 getting 280hp and 259lb-ft of torque. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
GM today provided today the first glimpse of Buick’s upcoming 2010 LaCrosse, which reveals an exterior design strongly influenced by the Buick Invicta that debuted at this year’s Beijing Auto Show.
The new LaCrosse is expected to give a little more sporty feeling than its predecessor. It seems Buick might be on the right track considering the new LaCrosse will share the same platform as the upcoming Opel Insignia and the Saab 9-5 replacement. Buick officials announced that the all-new LaCrosse will make its world debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
For 2009, Buick LaCrosse receives some minor upgrades and new additional features. This should be the last year before Buick redesigns the car for the 2010 model year.
A V6 and a V8 are the powertrains used for the 2009 Buick LaCrosse lineup. LaCrosse CX and CXL models are propelled by the 3.8L V-6. This proven industry stalwart is rated at 200 hp and 230 lb.-ft of torque. The 3.8L features electronic throttle control to improve engine response and optimize fuel efficiency. Recent upgrades to the 3.8L also result in quiet operation.
LaCrosse Super models are powered by the robust 5.3L V-8 small-block. Rated at 300 hp and 323-lb.ft of torque, it enables LaCrosse Super to reach 60 mph from a dead stop in just 5.9 seconds. The 5.3L small-block V-8 uses GM’s Active Fuel Management, an engine technology that seamlessly switches between four and eight cylinders to save fuel.
In the presence of China Environmental Protection Foundation President Qu Geping and representatives from across its value chain, Shanghai General Motors officially inaugurated its Drive to Green strategy today. The unique strategy covers three key areas: developing green products, cultivating green manufacturing systems and undertaking a green responsibility.
Shanghai GM will be putting a hybrid version of their Buick LaCrosse on the market next year, prior to the Olympic games to be held in Bejing, according to the Xinhua News Agency of China.
According to GM’s information, the vehicle will be based on the Saturn Aura Green Line’s hybrid engine, a 2.4 liter Ecotec which, in the Saturn, increases fuel economy about 25%. Toyota is currently the only manufacturer with a hybrid on the Chinese market, though Honda has announced (...) > Full story
The first of General Motors’ Epsilon II platform cars, the 2010 Buick LaCrosse has been seen testing. That platform will eventually go under the next generation Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Malibu.
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Buick has rekindled a name from its storied 20th-century past to mark the beginning of a new level of refinement: Super. The badge is designated exclusively for Buick’s most premium, powerful models and returns to Buick vehicles after 50 years. It will debut on the 2008 model year LaCrosse and Lucerne sedans.
“We’re bringing back the Super badge to represent our most premium models,” said Steve Shannon, Buick general (...) > Full story
Buick will freshen its 2008 LaCrosse line with the new face of Buick – a front-end design inspired by the Velite convertible concept – and an elevated list of standard equipment across all LaCrosse models.
Buick is trying all its best to revive itself in North America, where sales have fallen more than 40 percent since 2002. In order to refresh its line-up Buick will soup up its two sedans and launch a much-anticipated crossover sport utility vehicle. Also, at New York Auto Show, the 2008 LaCrosse will be launched.
Plans for the coming months include reviving the Super car designation used on high-performance models of the 1950s, Shannon announced on Tuesday. Beefed-up models of the Lucerne (...) > Full story
The services of a personal trip guide are standard on the 2007 Buick LaCrosse with the addition of OnStar’s Directions & Connections Plan with Turn-by-Turn Navigation.
Buick’s premium midsize sedan also includes a tire-pressure monitoring system standard on all trim levels for greater convenience and peace of mind.