• Apr 11th 2008 at 8:26AM
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The Buick LaCrosse may not be a real player in the midsize car market, but GM is looking to make big-time improvements for the 2010 model year. The next-gen LaCrosse shares its Epsilon II (the Malibu is an extended Epsilon, not Epsilon II) underpinnings with the critically acclaimed Chevy Malibu, and judging from spy shots from Brenda Priddy & So., the interior will be very similar as well. Close inspection of the pics shows some similar dash characteristics between the two models, though the 'Bu is all about the curves while the Buick is more strait-laced. The two models also appear to share gauge clusters and housing. Seats in the preproduction LaCrosse are two-toned much like that of the up-level Malibu, but the two appear to have a different basic shape.

If GM manages to take the well-received Malibu and injects it with a healthy dose of up-level materials and cool technology, Buick could very well have a nice compliment to the hot-selling Enclave. Click on the link below to view a larger pic of the LaCrosse interior.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This car looks good. The overall shape is stunning and I like the exhaust tips, very Lexus like. Even though this is a fwd, the thing that will make or break this car is the frontal view (headlights,grill,ect.)and the details in the interior. If Buick can knock thoses two area out, I think Buick can move foward in the luxuary/near luxuary class. It's about time.Buick needs a hit. Gm needs something that can sit confident,elegant, and refined between, Cadillac's flashiness and Pontiac's brute aggressive styling.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks good, but the rearend looks like a cross between a 5-Series BMW and the new Honda Accord sedan. Not very original. Nice, but just not original or very Buick-like.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LeftLaneNews has some amazing renderings. I would say they are probably very close to what the real car will look like.

      • 7 Years Ago
      With the Grand Prix giving way to the better G8 and the LaCrosse moving down to become another G6/Malibu/Aura clone, this means GM is only one dead Impala away from finally retiring putting the 1988 W-car platform out of its misery, right?

      PS - Where do the 2000 Saturn L-series and Saab 9-5 fit in on the Epsilon timeline? Or was the Opel Vectra not an "Epsilon" back then?
      • 7 Years Ago
      LaCrosse is a decent vehicle now. (have not driven it)

      GM keeps doing better with their designs. Hopefully it will continue.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The current Malibu is not on EpsilonII, it was just simply moved to the long wheel base variant of Epsilon I. Its an Aura, just done right.

      The LaCrosse/Invicta will be the first Epsilon II car here in NA.

      So the old, out dated EpsilonI platform is holding it own very well with all the current cars. If not segment leader...and GM hasn't even unleashed EpsilonII. Which we are about to get bombarded with their offerings riding on this platform in the next two years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, it does look a bit like a Lexus (GS). Would be nice to see Buick succeed- and the one advantage it does have over Lexus is a bit of historical 'prestige' for the nameplate. I think it could use that to it's advantage, as it has in China...

      Buick's sort of a victim of unfortunate circumstances (party GM's fault). The cars themselves are quite good... but they don't necessarily live up to the standards of younger customers. Not to mention that when people think of Buicks, they tend to think of Century's and Regal's that came with 'sea of plastic' interiors and a radio that had all the dial markings in 60pt font. While my 88-year-old grandmother loves her Buick... my 63-year-old mother derides it as being 'the car that goes by itself' and 'the car you can't tell is on or off'... all the while saying she's had the best experiences with German cars and would never buy anything non-European.

      Buick needs something elegant, a shape that gives an impression, not one that looks like a 10-year-old Toyota Avalon. The interior also needs to be top-notch, with more electronic options as standard. If it brings the price up, so be it- the Lucerne is supposed to be top of the line, anyway.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm, a 2010 LaCrosse Super with the 300HP 3.6L DI engine?

      I would love to see Maximum Bob build a coupe off of this using the Riviera concept shown in Shanghai last year. That would be incredible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Comparing Buick's old cars like the Regal and Century and Lasabre and then looking at the LaCrosse...its a whole new ballgame, now do not get me wrong, it can definetly use some improvement, but one step at a time please.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A few weeks ago I was talking to my 66-year-old dad about how his car needs replacing. I mentioned that he could probably get a great deal on a Buick. His reply to me, completely serious and straight-faced, was, "I'm not old enough to drive a Buick."

      A solid LaCrosse replacement might change his mind, though. While he might not be old enough to buy a Buick, he IS old enough to proudly claim he's never bought a Japanese car in his life.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks good. But considering that this is a 2010 MY vehicle, I suspect it's not going to stand out as unusually well-finished or -styled among its midsize peers, same as the current car. The level of competence among today's midsize sedans is really pretty amazing.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Glad to know that GM may not be killing Buick after all.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They're not pulling what they did with Daewoo on Buick dealers, nor were they ever planning to.
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