• Jan 11th 2009 at 4:18PM
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Click image above for live photos of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse from Detroit

While the outgoing Buick LaCrosse featured one distinct superpower -- invisibility -- the 2010 iteration could be a savior for the brand. With classy sheetmetal that will probably remind you of the Buick Invicta concept, vastly improved interior materials, and an all-new powertrain, the 2010 LaCrosse should compete better with cars like the Lexus ES350 and the Lincoln MKS. Powered by either a 260 hp, 3.0L direct injected V6 or a 280-hp 3.6L, it should offer performance to match its portholed good looks.

We actually took a close look at this new LaCrosse a couple of weeks ago, and you can see that video and review by clicking here, but for now we've added a new live gallery from Detroit and posted the press release after the jump. There's also some new video to see of the unveiling. Hit the jump to view the live press video for yourself, and if you'd like to read our extensive preview of Buick's newest sedan, click here.

Live photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.


* 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 LaCrosse CX, CXL and CXS

Body style / driveline:

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



EPA vehicle class:

midsize sedan



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


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


Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed

Final drive ratio:

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


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


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

Wheel/tire sizes:

17-inch, 18-inch and 19-inch


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
      Just a few months ago there were many who were saying that GM should kill the Buick brand. I hope they finally realize that Buick could become a viable brand again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks really good much much better then the MKS or any Lincoln for that matter with their hideous grills. I love this look and can finally say at least some American car companies are now better designed then their Japanese counterparts. It has style and class. Hopefully it drives as well as it looks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How much wider is this car than the Epsilon I trio Malibu/G6/Aura? I looked at the Aura at the Chicago Auto Show, and while it's drop dead gorgeous, it's narrow. There's no way I can get 2 adults and a kid in a booster seat in the back seat, which I can with my Olds Intrigue.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like the Buick alot.However the rear end needs to be restyed. The indentation in the trunk lid for the licence plate is much to large,it tends to add to a cluttered look.The chome bar on center of the trunk is over done, to thick and heavy looking. The Buick badge is to large, looks baseball size, should be about golf ball size. Also Buick needs to remove to clear plastic trim from the top of the tail lights giving less of a aftermarket look. And finally Buick, through the American Lacrosse and the Canadian Allure names into the trash heap were they belong. Bring back some Buick names from the past or invent some attractve ones and not the kind that offend the French. Atherwise the car could be a winner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wasn't for the "bailout", but seeing all the things that GM has in store makes me feel alot better about it. Chrysler, on the other hand......

      Way to go GM, the whole car looks fantastic!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Impressive but like the Taurus I wouldn't own one. They should give one of these versions to Saab.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hooray for GM!
      They finally show a hot new car in flaming red.
      Good on you, dudes!
      I bet more people at the show will remember the new LaCrosse rather than the dowdy Equinox or SRX.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the car looks good, lets just hope it's built as well as it looks and doesn't end up turning into another POS in terms of reliability.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a very good overall design. The rear end is a bit troublesome but that can easily be fixed in a refresh. The rpoblem is the chrome strip on the decklid, it is way too chunky. The headlights could be a little less angular as well since the rest of the car is so smooth.

      The interior is fantastic. One of the best designs I have seen this year.

      The problem is that GM needs a car that looks like this that sells for $24k fully loaded. The Malibu is nice but not quite good enough. When the price starts creeping up the Hyundai Genesis is a much better buy.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Lexus GS's side glass,roof + Lexus LS's rear end + BMW's head lamps +
      2006 Renault NEPTA's side character line.
      Nice try, but nothing new!
        • 6 Years Ago

        Lexus Copy
        • 6 Years Ago
        The "character line" to which you so ignorantly refer is called a "sweep spear" and it's been a Buick trademark for over fifty years. Nice try, loser.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This Lacrosse looks sweet,but does anyone know if the ecoboost MKS will be shown today.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want this car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Although I agree this is a great Buick, it ain't so great relative to the competition. Sure, GM's interiors are better than they used to be, but I can already tell how cheap that fake wood is, especially on the shifter. The rest of the plastics don't look so great and I can only assume they won't feel so great either, especially that gross beige crap they made the glovebox out of. Again, a huge step forward, but only compared to GM itself. I'll enjoy renting this from Avis.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can tell all of that from pictures? You, my friend, have a gift. When do you go on tour because I want tickets.
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