• Sep 27, 2007
click above image for more spy shots of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse

Despite a heavy rotation of security guards protecting the identity of this test car, Priddy photographer Chris Doane managed to snap it during one of one its brief public outings in an undisclosed location. It's the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, a car that's extremely important for Buick, which is down to a lineup of just three vehicles (LaCrosse, Lucerne and Enclave). It's also an important car for GM, as the 2010 LaCrosse will be the first vehicle sold in the U.S. on the new Epsilon II platform, a chassis that will eventually underpin the next generation Saturn Aura and Chevy Malibu. But Buick's getting the new platform first, and will no doubt make a splash with this all-new vehicle when it arrives in 2009 and a 2010 model.

Though heavily covered, we can see through the mesh obscuring the front end to see a grille not unlike the one worn by the Enclave CUV. With the Enclave enjoying critical acclaim and sales success, it's no surprise that Buick will be trying to repeat the formula in its mid-size sedan. Also note the roof, which is dominated by an oversized sunroof with two sections.

We're unsure what engine was powering this test vehicle, but dual exhaust pipes hint at something hot. While it could be a V8, we're betting it's the 3.6L V6, most likely with direct injection. In the new Cadillac CTS, this engine puts out over 300 HP. Doane reported the test car was plenty quick, so this scenario seems likely, but expect the 3.6L DI V6 to be detuned a bit for duty in the LaCrosse. Can't have a FWD Buick encroaching on the territory of Cadillac's RWD sport sedan, now can we?

[Source: Chris Doane for Brenda Priddy & Company]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Gotta love the GM bashers, bashing a car that they can't even see. Typical.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You are so right.... But just think most of these people can't even spell GM!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are you sure it's not a Jaguar XF...? haha.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Checker board roof? Full car bra? What's GM thinking? No way anyone buys that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't mind that is has a shape similar to the Nissan, thankfully it is a Buick and it won't come out of the gate with that horrible Nissan reliabiltiy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you look closely at the nose of the car, you can see that it looks like it'll be taking a lot of design cues from the Enclave.

      Much more aggressively shaped snout, very much the opposite of the current Jag-ish LaCrosse.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Im not a GM basher, I just dont care for Buick that much. I think their styling (or lack of) is the reason that the blue hairs like them. But hey blue hairs need cars too.

      Most of us dont need to see the new Buick sedan as it will be by their very nature a boring plush ride void of anything for an enthusiest?
        • 7 Years Ago
        You felt no need to see this car, or don't care for Buicks, yet felt a need to deliberately (and don't try to claim otherwise) select THIS story which is very clearly about an upcoming Buick, and then post derogatory comments about how boring a car you can't actually see looks and then follow up with a defense? A defense that wouldn't be believed by my cat at that.

        It's simple. You don't like GM, fine. You have that right, and can drive whatever suits your fancy. However, do the world a favor, and don't post about how boring something is when you can't really see it, can't drive it, and most likely will have additional suspension and other tuning before it will even be available in showrooms.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I put this picture in Photo Shop and is not a Cadillac emblem, but it is huge just like on their new Suv. I wish I could see the interior.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Security guards and disguise??? It's a Buick and no one wants to look anyway.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i have an enclave and let me tell you that many people turn their necks to see it and even ask me about the car. my friend has a lexus and he is goint to change it for a buick enclave too. i can say that is a beautiful to drive it. and my ex-acura suv wasnt that fun to drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I understand the move towards more sloped rooflines for the aesthetics, however, this really crimps access to the trunk. Maybe someone can come up with an innovative way to hinge the trunk so that there is more than a bunker slit opening in it. Anyone have any examples of this done really well?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes. The Mazda6 Sport and pre-2003 Saab 9-3. It's called "the hatchback".
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ok, so someone who doesn't have a smart ass reply got any ideas?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know, still looks better than the Avalon...and that's with the disguise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would want some cover if I had to drive that also. TADA intriducing the new buick BORING?
      • 7 Years Ago
      My biggest question is why would anyone waste a 'Digg' on this? 13 Diggs so far?!? I'll bet CDN$10 it's Oshawa assembly workers that haven't gone back to work yet.
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