• Jan 8, 2009
Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse

If the car you see here looks somewhat familiar, it should. It appeared in concept form at last spring's Beijing Motor Show as the Buick Invicta concept. At the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the Invicta becomes the 2010 Buick LaCrosse. Like many recent examples, the Invicta was a less a concept than a very mildly disguised version of the upcoming production car. Just before the Christmas break, General Motors gave the media a preview of the new production LaCrosse in the design dome at the company's tech center in Warren, MI.

GM North America VP for Buick-Pontiac-GMC Susan Docherty, global mid-size car vehicle line executive Jim Federico, and Buick brand character chief designer Dave Lyon provided a run-down for us on the new LaCrosse. The mid-size Buick is the first North American market application of the revised Epsilon II architecture that debuted last summer as the basis of the Euro-only Opel Insignia. Follow the jump and we'll tell you all about it.



Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc.

For 2010, the LaCrosse has departed from the rather uninspired car that's worn the badge for the last several years. The more upright, traditional sedan profile of the existing car has been abandoned in favor of the increasingly fashionable fastback look of other competing premium sedans like the Acura TL and Lexus GS. The profile and other design details draw heavily on recent concepts like the Velite and Riviera.



A combined team of designers from North America and China were responsible for shaping the LaCrosse. At the front, the waterfall grille is pure Buick with the hood cut-line following the top edge of the headlamp clusters. A pair of ridges flanking a slightly concave hood extend back from the corners of the grille and then flow up the A-pillars, over the roof and finally blend into the trunk-lid cut-line. The LaCrosse, of course, has the required Buick portholes even if they are fake. Interestingly, the design team opted to put them on top of the hood just inboard of the ridge rather than on the fenders as traditionally done. While this certainly makes them more discreet, one has to wonder why bother at all?



The contours along the flanks that were most clearly distilled in the 2007 Riviera concept are carried over fully formed on the sedan. A convex crease flows back and down from the trailing corner of the headlamp with a echoing concave crease coming up from the bottom corner of the wheel arch. The upper crease then cuts upward and over the rear wheel to create the signature Buick "sweep-spear." The spear then flows into the LED tail-lamp clusters that help to tie everything together at the rear.

One of the design elements that Lyon highlighted is the chrome trim pieces around the windows, lights and interior. The trim varies in width over its length, which Lyon described as giving an impression meant to evoke Chinese calligraphy. It's a subtle touch that helps provide visual interest without being too over the top.



Inside the LaCrosse gets a multi-layered look with trim that flows from the doors into the dashboard. Unlike many previous attempts by GM to get this appearance, the pre-production car we saw at least had the door panes and IP properly aligned. Hopefully production samples will exhibit similar attention to detail. A floating pod containing various accessory controls sits above the center console that sweeps downward and back between the front seats.

The instrument panel of the LaCrosse (and other Epsilon II variants) has been pushed up and away from the front row occupants, an approach meant to enhance the feeling of roominess. In lower light conditions, the various cavities in the interior are bathed in a soft blue-green ambient lighting similar in style although not as abundant as the Riviera concept. The LaCrosse is also available with a heads-up display system for the first time.



When equipped with the optional rear seat entertainment system, a pair of LCD screens are actually integrated into the front seat backs. The screens flip upward to a position behind the head rests. This provides a better viewing angle for rear seat passengers while leaving the roof free for a larger moonroof.

Under the hood, the LaCrosse gets a choice of two direct-injected V6 engines. The CX and CXL models get the new 3.0L (below, left) that debuts this year putting out 255 hp and 211 lb-ft of torque. The top CXS model gets the existing 3.6L (below, right) with 280 hp and 261 lb-ft of twist.



The platform that underpins all of this is the new global mid-size architecture, also known as Epsilon II. The hardware is an evolution of the greasy bits under the existing Chevy Malibu and Saturn Aura and was first seen under the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. Like the 2010 Cadillac SRX, which shares some of this hardware, the LaCrosse defaults to front-wheel drive, but a Haldex all-wheel-drive system is optional. The AWD system can send up to 85% of the drive torque to the rear axle.



The Epsilon II platform team is lead by Federico and based out of GM's European engineering headquarters in Russelsheim, Germany. Reducing noise, vibration and harshness was one of the big motivations in the new architecture, and a 20% stiffer body structure was a big part of that. So was acoustic laminated glass all around and triple seal doors to keep out ambient noise. The powertrain is now mounted on a six-point cradle compared to the four-point unit on the old car.



The LaCrosse also now gets electronic stability control as standard equipment, which includes trailer stabilization functionality. This is the first GM car to get trailer stabilization in the U.S. market and is among the first, if not the first, passenger car with this feature. The system works by detecting when a trailer is starting to sway back and forth and applying the brakes to one side of the car and then the other to balance it out and bring things back under control. Similar systems are now available on the 2009 Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram.

Visually the LaCrosse looks smaller than its predecessor, an illusion caused by the fastback roofline. However, it's actually almost the same size, with a wheelbase 1.2 inches longer and body that's one inch shorter. It also sits 1.4 inches taller. Unfortunately, where the LaCrosse really differs dimensionally is bulk. All that new equipment, stiffer structure and glass adds mass, about 500 lbs worth in this case.



The 2010 Buick LaCrosse is scheduled to start production in summer 2009 at GM's Fairfax KA assembly plant alongside the Chevy Malibu and Saturn Aura. We'll hopefully be spending some time behind the wheel of one, so keep your eyes on Autoblog for driving impressions of Buick's newest player in the luxury sedan segment.



Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc.


BUICK TRANSFORMATION CONTINUES WITH THE 2010 LACROSSE LUXURY SEDAN

* Sculpted styling defines Buick's modern global design
* Luxurious interior crafted of premium materials with cool blue ambient lighting
* Intelligent personal technologies enhance the driving experience
* Responsive performance via efficient. direct injection dual overhead cam engines paired with six-speed automatic transmissions

DETROIT – Redesigned from the ground up, the 2010 Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan makes its world debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 12. The LaCrosse offers all wheel drive, a suite of advanced intelligent personal technologies and safety features, and a choice of two fuel-saving V-6 engines.

"The new LaCrosse was created with great attention to detail, craftsmanship and advanced technology," said Susan Docherty, Buick-Pontiac-GMC vice president. "It builds on the success of Enclave as the next step in Buick's revitalization. And, as with Enclave, our goal is to attract a whole new buyer to our dealerships for LaCrosse."

Sculpted design

Buick's long heritage of leading designs, such as the Y-Job Concept, the Roadmaster and the Riviera, helped define American automobile design through the years, according to Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. Today, Buick design is a product of a global team and resources. Creative collaboration between designers in the United States and China, in partnership with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) as well as chassis and body engineers in Europe, resulted in the first General Motors vehicle to be created on three continents.

"The new LaCrosse is intended to represent modern elegance," said Welburn. "Throughout the design, you experience a balance of contrasts. Both the interior and exterior have been designed with harmony in mind. The exterior balances taut, sculpted lines with sensuous accents and surfaces. Inside, smoked chrome accents, warm wood, first-class leather and materials combine with cool blue ambient lighting to create an inviting environment."

The exterior design is faithful to the Buick Invicta show car introduced at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show.

"It is instantly recognizable as a Buick, with its signature 'sweep spear' body-side styling, portholes inside the character line on the hood, and waterfall grille," added Welburn.

Luxurious interior experience

Inside, the two-tone interior is defined by a flowing, uninterrupted design theme that wraps around the instrument and door panels. Attention to detail is evident throughout the interior, including the analog instrument cluster, chrome offset by dark wood accents, and the contrasting thread and French stitching on the instrument panel.

Buick's signature QuietTuning – an engineering process to reduce, block and absorb interior noise – provides a distraction-free passenger environment.

An unexpected, inviting touch is the cool blue ambient lighting throughout the cabin from the center console, instrument panel and door panels.

Intelligent personal technologies

The contemporary atmosphere of the cabin includes the digital connectivity and personal technology offered in the new LaCrosse. That includes features such as in-dash navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and a USB port. For rear-seat passengers, a power rear-window sunshade and a DVD entertainment system, with two display screens integrated into the seatbacks, is available.

LaCrosse's intelligent technologies also work to deliver a 360-degree field of vision behind the steering wheel, for a greater feeling of comfort, security and safety. It starts with the available head-up display in the windshield, allowing the driver to monitor speed while keeping his or her eyes on the road. At night, the available adaptive lighting package can direct the high-intensity discharge headlight beams up to 15 degrees for enhanced illumination of the road and its curves.

LaCrosse offers Side Blind Zone alert that notifies the driver if a vehicle in adjacent lanes is traveling in the driver's blind spot. The LaCrosse is also available with a rear view camera, with the display integrated into the navigation system screen.

The technology available on LaCrosse enhances a suite of standard safety features that is designed to meet the criteria for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 20 Star Safety Rating. Highlights include front-, side- and roof-mounted head-curtain air bags, StabiliTrak stability- and traction-control system. The safety and security of OnStar is also included for the first year of ownership.

Responsive performance

LaCrosse's stiff body structure serves as the foundation for precise suspension tuning, safety and a quiet ride. Buyers can choose from a family of efficient, direct-injection six-cylinder engines and a fuel-conserving six-speed automatic transmission with tap-up/tap-down control.

The direct injection engines in the LaCrosse create more power with less fuel and reduce vehicle emissions through greater combustion control – particularly cold-start emissions that are reduced by up to 25 percent.

The 2010 LaCrosse will be offered in three models - CX, CXL and CXS:

* CX – equipped with a new 3.0L direct injection V-6, premium cloth seats and 17-inch wheels. The 3.0L engine generates an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 211 lb.-ft. of torque (286 Nm) and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
* CXL – also equipped with the new 3.0L direct injection V-6, adds leather-appointed heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, outside rearview mirror with LED turn indicators and puddle lamps, and 18-inch wheels. Intelligent AWD is available.
* CXS – equipped with a 3.6L direct injection V-6; real-time active-dampening suspension; perforated, leather-appointed, heated and cooled seats, and chrome-plated 18-inch wheels (19-inch optional). The 3.6L engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, generates an estimated 280 horsepower (209 kW) and 261 lb.-ft. of torque (354 Nm).

LaCrosse production will begin this summer at the Fairfax Assembly facility in Kansas City, Kan.


2010 BUICK LaCROSSE PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Overview

Model:

2010 LaCrosse CX, CXL and CXS

Body style / driveline:

front-drive/all-wheel-drive, front-engine, four-door, five- passenger sedan

Construction:

integral

EPA vehicle class:

midsize sedan

Powertrains

Engines

3.0L V-6 VVT DI

3.6L V-6 VVT DI

Displacement (cu in / cc):

182.7 / 2994

217 / 3564

Bore & stroke (in / mm):

89.0 x 80.2

3.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

DOHC with four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing

DOHC with four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

255 / 190 @ 6950 (est)

280 / 209 @ 6400 (est)

Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):

211 / 286 @ 5600 (est)

261 / 354 @ 5200 (est)

Estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):

18 / 27

17 / 26

Transmission:

Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed

Final drive ratio:

2.77:1 (w/ 3.0L)
3.66:1 (w/ 3.6L)

Chassis/Suspension

Suspension (front):

MacPherson strut coil-over-spring; twin-tube dampers with gas-charged valving; hollow direct-acting stabilizer bar

Suspension (rear):

four-link (CX); "H"-arm (CXL, CXS); real-time damping available

Steering type:

power; variable-effort rack-and-pinion

Brakes:

split, dual-circuit four-wheel-disc with power assist

Wheel/tire sizes:

17-inch, 18-inch and 19-inch

Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm):

111.7 / 2837

Overall length (in / mm):

197 / 5003

Overall width (in / mm):

73.1 / 1858

Overall height (in / mm):

58.9 / 1497

Track (in / mm):

front: 61.5 / 1565
rear: 61.6 / 1587

Curb weight (lb / kg):

CX: 3948 / 1791 (est)
CXL FWD: 4018 / 1822 (est)
CXL AWD: 4199 / 1904 (est)
CXS: 4065 / 1844 (est)

Fuel capacity (gal / L):

CX, CXL FWD, CXS: 18.4 / 69.6
CXL AWD: 19.5 / 73.8




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ya, I don't know what is going on with that body line. It looks about out of place as the "Z" on the new Genesis coupe. For the Buick crowd, a straight body line probably would have been more appropriate.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That happens to be the body line of the 1950's Buicks and the Riviera's of the sixties, I think it looks awesome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From the side, I see a little Bentley Continental.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You know, I thought the same thing
      • 6 Years Ago
      CHUMPCHANGE.AS A MILD MANNERED PERSON,NEVER BEEN ACCUSED OF YELLING,GUESS THE QUILL IS LOUDER THAN THE WORD. I SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE SPECIFIC WHICH CHINESE CAR LOOKED SIMILAR TO THE U. S. LACROSSE,AND THAT IS TO MY EYES THE REGAL.I STILL FEEL THE SIDE CHARATER LINE NEEDS SOME TWEAKING, CAN'T QUITE PUT MY FINGER ON IT.IT DOES HAVE A DODGE LOOK TO IT.I THINK BUICK IS BORROWING A STYLING ELEMENT FROM THE PAST,AND THAT'S OK IF DONE CORRECTLEY.IN 1942 BUICK FEATURED HARLEY EARL'S NEW AIRFOIL FRONT FENDERS WHICH SWEPT BACK THROUGH THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE CAR TO MEET THE LEADING EDGE OF THE REAR FENDER.THIS WAS CARRIED ON FROM 1942 THROUGH 1948. THE IDEA WAS PICKED UP AGAIN FROM 1951 THROUGH 1953 ON THE ROADMASTER ON 1953 SKYLARK.CAR COMPANIES HAD ADVERTISING SLOGANS, SUCH AS PACKARDS "ASK THE MAN WHO OWNS ONE" FOLLOWED IN 1955 1956,"LET THE RIDE DECIDE" THIS REFERED TO THIRE "TORSION-LEVEL RIDE. BUICK SAID IT BEST ENDING IN 1953, "WHEN BETTER AUTOMOBILES ARE BUILT, BUICK WILL BUILD THEM". WHITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS BUICK, BUICK CAN ONCE AGAIN PROCLAIM "WHEN BETTER AUTOMOBILES ARE BUILT, BUICK WILL BUILD THEM". AMEN.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Typing in all caps is considered "yelling" on the internet. It's very annoying to read and you'll find that if you keep doing it, people will low rank you and not read your comments. If you don't type well and have trouble using the SHIFT key for capital letters in the proper places, it would be better if you type in all small letters.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thanks for clarifying, Don. All very good and valid points now that I fully understand your post. The yelling comment was sort of a joke BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS IN CAPS. We're cool. Thanks for responding.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it a lot. It has a lot of other cars in it (Mazda6, LexusGS) but its laid out well and the front of the car is exceptional!

      The interior is very nice but that steering wheel is atrocious!!!!

      I'm confused as to why they offer the 3.0 engine....not much difference between the two, so just offer the 3.6.
      Delorean2006
      • 6 Years Ago
      woah that is the most gorgeous Buick i have ever seen, OMG i actually like a buick
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Delorean2006
        My thoughts as well.....I can't believe I just said to myself: "I'd drive that......"
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Delorean2006
        Falcon,

        For the North American market, General Motors has Chevrolet, Buick, and Saturn that are scheduled to be built off the LWB Epsilon II platform. Code names for these vehicles include:

        GMX-351 Chevrolet Malibu
        GMX-353 Buick Lacrosse
        GMX-354 Saturn Aura

        Google the above to get further details before opening your big-mouth.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Delorean2006
        hell yeah

        anyone recall that E-class from the other day
        this trumps it in the look department

        the only thing I'm not too sure about is hte AWD coming in at over 4100lbs, add the price to it and I see a $35k car, but for that money I can still get a G35x which will be lighter, more powerfull, same mpg and toons more fun

        Now if someone wanted a Lexus ES - well this looks way better and will likely outhandle it as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Delorean2006
        My thoughts exactly.
        falcon5768
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Delorean2006
        Its not a Buick. Its the Opal Insight that was to be rebadged for Saturn before GM dumped Saturn development. Then it became Buicks. The top end configuration is nearly a direct copy of the current Aura minus the nav system. Same 3.6l from the Caddie CTS, same 6 speed manualmatic the Aura debuted the system on.

        For months in the Spring they said this was the new Aura until all of a sudden they said no its not and they would make one up for the Aura but never once hinted at what it would be.

        With the last 2 months and the basically obvious killing of a slow death like Olds they are doing to Saturn, now you know why.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is going to sell like hotcakes, might as well confess that GM is on the right track and don't count them out just yet.....................we haven't seen anything yet...........by far the most exiting time in the car business is yet to come..............
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. Great job. Too bad it's FWD.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Domestic 6.0,

        You sure like to recycle your comments:

        "Yeah what the hell man ... the top engine is still fwd , where the hell you gonna go with that ! .... GM has sooo many engines they can use /// why is a V8 RWD option so hard?"

        Besides, you are an idiot thinking that the FWD platform can accommode for an RWD V8 option. If you are looking for a RWD V8 with GM, look at the Cadillac STS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah what the hell man ... the top engine is still fwd , where the hell you gonna go with that ! .... GM has sooo many engines they can use /// why is a V8 RWD option so hard?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love everything about this. Hopefully the interior quality is top notch. The much praised CTS was very disappointing inside when I sat in it at the auto show.

      This kills the new Milan and the Lincoln MKZ. I am sure it will be priced between the 2, but it has loads more style than either and will probably be priced in between.

      I have to wonder where GM is going with Buick, though. Buick can't exist with just the LaCrosse and the Enclave. The Lucerne is being left to rot, probably not to be replaced, and what other models do the have coming? Nothing? Buick needs a sexy convertible, FWD is ok, it will take over for the now horrible and soon to be gone Sebring in the marketplace. Can you imagine a long and low Riviera convertible in the $30-40k range. Hot. How about a wagon? The Germans seem to all find success with wagons.
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM can use Camaro as the basis for a Buick convertible. If they stretch it to give it more of a back seat they can make a Velite out of Camaro.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is a really nice-looking car for a Buick.

      But for some reason, I do see more than some reference to a current generation Toyota Camry, Corolla from the front and a Lexus ES 300 from the back. (Look at the Buick Invicta's rear-end and you'll know what I mean).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really llike the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, and will hold out full judgement until I can drive one, sit in it,etc. My biggest concern now is, why 4,000 lbs? This car can be constructed for 3,400 or so, right in line with the competition, and easily get 30 mpg , what is wrong with that? A nice tight car that is fun to drive, and when gas gets back to $4.00 a gallon, it doesn't kill you to drive it. Anyone have other info?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow! I can't believe I actually like a Buick! I haven't paid any attention to a Buick since the med 70's. I actually owned a 72 Riviera. This car is beautiful, very Japanese looking, and that's a good thing! I'm currently in a 350Z.... but I'm getting older, and maybe something a little bigger would be easier to get in and out of. It'd be a pleaseure to be able to look at an American car for a change, the last one I owned was a '73 Cutless Supreme! All Japanese since then, starting with an '81 Honda Prelude. This is very welcome. Where has GM been all these years?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Where has GM been all these years?"

        Right out there selling millions of vehicles even in it's worst year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Gorgeous. Stunning. That interior out-does even Acura and perhaps matches Audi (it definitely looks warmer and more friendlier compared to the Teutonic Audi interior).

      And you know what? It's great to read the negative comments. That is more than proof enough that GM is now starting to scare the import fanboys and their insecurities are coming out.

      Look...I'm an import fanboy myself. But I'm a car lover first and foremost and if a car is beautiful, it's beautiful. Who cares what badge is on the hood? More great cars = win-win for car-lovers.

      Ofcourse that doesn't apply to those idiots who worship their Lexii. No one who ones one is a car-lover. Otherwise they would be driving Infinitis.
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