• Jul 6th 2008 at 5:34PM
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Autoblog reader Mike dropped us a note the other day to let us he had spotted this car tooling around in Troy MI. Being a vigilant Autoblog reader he had a camera handy and snapped off a series of photos. Mike was unable to identify the car in question, but we've seen this machine before. It's the next generation Buick LaCrosse although it's not known if GM will retain that branding. The new Buick is built on GM's Epsilon II platform which is shared with the new Opel Insignia. Thanks to Mike for the photos!

[Source: Autoblog reader Mike]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      That is going to be a gorgeous vehicle!

      • 7 Years Ago

      While I usually like cars with high beltlines, this one seems almost too high. That back passenger window is extraordinarily narrow.

      • 7 Years Ago
      the way the roof flows, the way the whole car flows!!! its simply stunning
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm really digging the roofline. It reminds me of the MB CLS, although not quite as dramatic. If they can keep the overall design as fluid as the roof, GM should have a hit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Autoblog, you need to start banning these spammers in the comments. It would be much appreciated!
      • 7 Years Ago
      They look to be in their 30's to me.

      This car is going to be sharp, I hope! Here's hoping for a 4 cylinder version, a la the Malibu!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm so sick and tired of high belt lines and tiny windows.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Rename it back to Regal please.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like an obese prius to me.

      look at me,i'm humpty dumpty!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Make it the Regal. Then bring back the Riviera similar to the concept. Make an edgier, faster, more expensive Grand National to compliment the Riviera. Make the Lucerne EVEN Bigger, more powerful and RWD. Keep the enclave and make it an evolutionary design- then everyone's happy for 2013 or before........................................Or something.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's possible to make an efficient, large powerful sedan. Don't cancel out the possible things car makers can do.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah Torrent, bigger, more powerful RWD cars are just what the market is crying out for these days.

        Too many posters here seem to thing manufacturers should make what they think would be cool, as opposed to what the majority of average car buyers want. Hey, i like the idea of high performance, luxurious, and high tech cars as much as the next guy. But when the time comes for me to actually buy a car, I not thinking of them. I'm thinking of something reliable with good gas mileage at a reasonable price. It's boring, but that's what sells cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good looking car!
      Like a bigger Jag XF, or Lexus GS.

      GM is catching up, but this should have been the 2007 LaHoosis (Invicta, whatever) for them to be the leaders thay once were.

      Undoutedly an Impala cousin -- looks that size, the old one was -- so I dont think there is a GM 4 cyl engine for it (so far) You can see it's FWD, not Holden-based, by the front wheel location and overhang.

      Now, if the interior is comparable to the Lexus, but with lots of American styling cues (part of the reason to buy American -- who wants copies?) it will sell.

      Economical engines are needed -- but dont forget that economy trends tend to last only a fairly short while, so a version with POWER will sell, too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its actually smaller than the current LaCrosse and on a completely different platform. The current shares its w-body platform with Impala. The new one rides in Epsilon II, the next evolution of the platform that underpins Malibu and Aura. Its also used in the new Insignia.

        GM should offer the 2.4L Ecotec w/6sp, 3.6L w/6sp and for the Super they should keep the 5.3L V8 but tune it to 320hp like it gets in the GMT-900 2WD vehicles. I've driven a 5.3L LaCrosse and despite the torque steer, its a blast to drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      sooo...did daddy let his son and a friend take the company car out for ice cream, or are those two of the youngest looking engineers ever (especially to be trusted with a pre-production vehicle like that in the wild)?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It looks like there's work going on here. There's a laptop flipped open in the back seat.
        I think Buick Insignia has a nice ring to it.
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