• Aug 8th 2008 at 4:26PM
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Though the newish Buick Enclave has received plenty of accolades, it's the right vehicle at the wrong time for GM's smallest brand. The other two vehicles in Buick's lineup – the LaCrosse mid-size sedan and Lucerne large sedan – might better appeal to gas-conscious buyers than a large CUV, but they're far from leaders in their segment. A new LaCrosse, however, will reportedly be arriving as a 2010 model. Car and Driver just published these spy shots of a pre-production model caught with its camouflage pants down, and they reveal its design will borrow heavily from the Invicta Concept that was revealed at this year's Beijing Motor Show. That's not a bad thing, as the Invicta is a fetching sedan that went over well with the Chinese crowds. And while we could be mislead by the grainy quality of these spy shots, we swear there are two rows of portholes on the hood.
The '10 LaCrosse will likely arrive atop GM's Epsilon II platform that also underpins the upcoming Insignia and will next find its way to the '11 Saturn Aura and '12 Chevy Malibu. Engine choices are anyone's guess, but don't expect another V8 Super model. We guess the next-gen LaCrosse will get a smattering of four- and six-cylinder engines, the smaller of which could employ turbocharging and direct injection. Also check out C&D's pics of the new LaCrosse interior, which looks like a smaller version of a Cadillac CTS interior. Since we know have pictorial evidence of preproduction prototypes this far along, it's safe to assume that Buick will debut the 2010 LaCrosse during the upcoming auto show season. Our bet's on January debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

[Source: Caranddriver.com via Jalopnik]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. It looks exactly like the fugly new Sentra.

      GM really screwed the pooch on this one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      With the new Camaro's Old Coke bottle sides on the Invicta, sure makes me wonder if Pontiac's next Firebird might be a 4-door like the Charger.
      Oops, did I say next Firebird? ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Massive step forward for the LaCrosse or any Buick sedan so good work there but overall it really lost the excitment of the concept. Almost as if they took the skin of the invicta and stretched it over a Camry. Those small wheel openings dumbed down front end really kill it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Where is all this excessive chrome you guys are talking about? Now, if it had some gigantic sweep-spear down both sides, I'd say it had too much.

      The only thing I'm not really fond of is the stubby trunk (and, by extension, the small opening that creates). Otherwise, nice job, GM Design!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. If someone had told me a few years ago that Buick's next LaCrosse would look far more attractive than Acura's next TL - I would've laughed my ass off. I love Acura, but I guess things are changing...
      • 7 Years Ago
      This doesn't look right, dimension wise. The depth of the windows seems way to short for the height of the bodywork. Makes the cabin view seem all wrong IMHO.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Look the same to me, except the air dam (which was admittedly better on the concept).

      Throw on a chrome grille and rims and it'll be nearly the same as the concept. Seems like a success to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        After conjecturing why they look so different for a while, there are a few more differences other than just the chrome.

        First off, the headlights on the concept are simply beautiful -- that's a huge difference. Next, the greenhouse is taller in the production model, which has the adverse affect of decreasing the rake of the windshield. Lastly, there is a subtle difference in the overall shape of the bonnet at front end -- the concept has a more beak-like front end, while the production one doesn't hook over the front wheels nearly as much. The bonnet seems longer on the concept because of this, I think.
      • 7 Years Ago
      as usual, the production version is narrower and taller then the concept(essentially taking away all of its style in in the proceess) its still an ok looking car, but nothing more. interior does look nice but lets see how the materials feel. i have a bad feeling that this veh will be typical gm of late(much better then before, but not nearly good enough to be a class leader)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I absolutely agree. I've been looking for a used 335i, and nearly all of them have the awful combination of black leather and burl walnut trim. Ick! Didn't anyone order the aluminum trim? I suspect it's mostly a case of the dealers making assumptions about what their customers want, or the tacky customers actually associating wood and leather with richness or luxury. Whatever. At least the wood is real.

      I think that metallic or high quality plastic trims, or real wood with a subtle grain in small amounts - is the most attractive and modern way to finish an interior. Fortunately, the industry (except for Buick, apparently) seems to be moving in that direction . Mazda is experimenting with interesting "patterned plastics" in the interior of the new Mazda6, and BMW is moving to more modern, darker hued bamboos and woods with simple, horizontal graining in the X6, new 7 series, and refreshed 3 series.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually the exterior is nice...if they would get rid of the chrome front end.

      Also, a slightly smaller wheelbase would have made this car look very nice....I really don't understand why cars have to be so freaking big. Not everyone wants to drive around in their living room.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, I'm surprised at how close this Allure is to the concept - the interior however looks like its straight from the CTS - not a bad thing, but shouldn't Buick work their own interior design language?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a big buick fan and I want the brand to succeed. However, this really disappoints. Looks like a huynday sonata from the front, which really kills its good looks in the concept. Also, the height and narrowness of the car makes it look like a budget vehicle.
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