• Dec 17th 2009 at 3:33PM
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A few months back following the debut of the 2010 LaCrosse, Buick surprised us with the announcement that it would add a third powertrain option to the sedan's lineup. After launching with a pair of V6 engines, Buick is now getting ready to start offering a LaCrosse CX model with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. This is the same direct injected unit that debuted in the new Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain last summer.

When the four-pot LaCrosse goes on sale early in the new year, it will carry a base sticker price of $26,995 (*including delivery). That's $840 less than what it takes to get the current 3.0-liter V6 powered CX model in your driveway. In addition to the up-front savings, buyers should expect reduced operating costs for the four. Final EPA certification numbers aren't in yet, but Buick is estimating that the LaCrosse four will net 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. For comparison's sake, the 3.0-liter is rated at 17/26 mpg city and highway.

The new 2.4-liter LaCrosse is slated to arrive in dealers in the first quarter of 2010. Official details in the presser after the jump.

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Vehicle Priced at $26,995

DETROIT (December 18, 2009) - Buick will offer its LaCrosse CX model with a new fuel-efficient, direct injected Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder engine priced at $26,995. The 4-cylinder is the third engine choice in the all new 2010 Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan. Backed by a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission, the new powertrain combination is expected to deliver fuel economy of 30 mpg highway and 20 mpg city*– making LaCrosse one of the most fuel-efficient cars in its segment.

"We're pleased to announce a competitive price for this new engine," says Craig Bierley, Buick's product marketing director. "New customers have been attracted to the LaCrosse by its sculpted design and luxurious interior, and now the new 4-cylinder engine gives fuel-conscious customers a new choice not even offered by our competitors."

The Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder joins the lineup in the first quarter of 2010 as the standard engine in the LaCrosse CX. Direct injection technology helps it deliver 182 horsepower (136 kW) and 172 lb-ft. of torque (233 Nm). Buick expects about 25 percent of customers will opt for 2.4L-equipped models.

The 2.4L's injection of fuel directly into the combustion chamber enables a higher compression ratio to increase efficiency and horsepower. That means more power is made with less fuel and lower emissions. In fact, cold-start emissions are reduced by up to 25 percent with direct injection. Engineers tuned the Ecotec 2.4L engine to deliver greater torque at lower rpm and build it smoothly toward its peak at 4,900 rpm, giving the Buick LaCrosse excellent performance in all driving conditions.

Every engine in the LaCrosse lineup is direct injected and matched with a fuel-saving six speed automatic transmission. Along with the Ecotec 2.4L, a new, direct injected 3.0L V-6 is offered and a larger-displacement, more powerful 3.6L V-6 is standard on the LaCrosse CXS model.

LaCrosse sales are up 238 percent compared with a year ago when sales of the previous model were winding down. Buick sales in November rose 14.8 percent with retail sales – those sold to individual customers – up 33 percent compared with the same month a year ago.

"We are working hard for each sale," Bierley says. "And we expect the new 4-cylinder LaCrosse to help us continue to build Buick's momentum."

*EPA certification pending.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Argh! My comment disappeared!
      • 5 Years Ago
      While I agree that this car is not underpowered, don't expect it to perform like those engines. How much torque did those older V6's or V8's have? I've got an older V6 that has "only" 140hp, but 170lb*ft of torque. So, while I have less hp, I have about the same torque and at lower RPM too. This LaCrosse will have to be revved up (probably to near 7000 RPM) to go fast, but should give good economy if driven sensibly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how the new Sonata compares, size wise, to the LaCrosse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the price difference is only $840 in a $27K vehicle the difference is not worth it unless you really want the fuel efficiency of the four banger to the detriment of performance.

      I would have liked for Buick to have offered a turbodiesel instead as an alternative engine for those seeking more fuel efficiency even if it costs a premium. For once Buick could be leading the market rather than following. A nice LaCrosse with a decent turbodiesel with commonrail techcnology and you have bad-ass torque with excellent fuel economy.

      I know GM has the Volt, but a nice diesel (sourced from Opel) would have been nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Your V6 and V8 powered vehicles didn't have 6500 rpm power peaks either.

      180 horsepower is more than adequate, it's the 3 downshifts and angry buzzing to get it that sucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a total WOM. Why waste that $$$ when you can get an avalon for just a grand more?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not everyone is 84 years old.
        • 5 Years Ago
        casue the Avalon SUCKS.
        and it's about as good looking as a 94yr old grandma when she wakes up in the morning
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Ross: Right, and if they are 84 they'll buy the Buick.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Ross: Well said!
        • 5 Years Ago
        because the Avalon needed a refresh years ago...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Luis, speaking personally, I'll admit that I'd find it incredibly hard to buy a Buick, simply because the brand has screamed "old guy" for at least the past 25 years. But if you forget the brand, the LaCrosse is an excellent car, worthy of being shopped against any other mid-sized sedan in its price range.

        That is NOT the case with the Avalon. If you forget about the brand, it's still all about the bland.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still more than I will pay for about any average (not super/sports) car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Regal will be more sport-sedan oriented. It might not need to be all that much lower in price than the LaCrosse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How does the LaCrosse get worse fuel economy (30) than the Equinox (32) with the same motor? You'd think the car would have better aerodynamics and a bit less weight... I'm confused
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was kind of wondering that too. Plus, with the eventual inclusion of this engine in the Malibu lineup, I was thinking it would get damn close to 35mpg if not more considering that the current non-DI 4cyl Malibu is already pushing 33mph hwy.

        Granted, the LaCrosse is a larger car than the Malibu, but also much more aerodynamic than the Equinox.

        I guess I'll just wait until the final numbers are in and hope that they are underestimating them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think the 30mpg figure is official. From what I've heard and read, they're using 30 as the benchmark.

        If you recall, GM predicted that the Equinox 2.4 FWD would get 30 as well. Then they announced that it tested at 32.

        My guess is that they're projecting a number, and if they end up beating it, they'll have even more of a fuel economy story to tell.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mated to the 4 speed auto instead of the 6 speed auto maybe?

        The Terrain is mated to the 6 speed I know...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, the Equinox is a bit (around 200 pounds) lighter. My guess is it will also have taller gearing. As for the dimensions, it may be enough narrower than the LaCrosse that its extra height doesn't put it at too much of a disadvantage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a pretty good deal for a really nice looking car...

      ... but where the heck does the Buick Regal fit into all this? I thought the Regal was slightly smaller than this LaCrosse - which would presumably mean it's slightly cheaper. How much cheaper can they really get than $27k without stepping into the Malibu's territory?

      By comparison, the rather homely-looking Lexus ES (just a trumped-up Camry) starts at about $35k (even though that one comes with a V6).
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Regal is about 7" smaller than the LaCrosse, so think of the distance between them similarly to the distance between the Malibu and Impala.

        I, too, question the need for a LaCrosse 2.4L with the Regal coming online. But the Regal will be smaller and probably about 4k less expensive with that engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Direct injection and 6-speed trannies across the line.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That doesn't sound much like intermediate luxury, at least not without a turbo. I wouldn't expect it to corner, but it should be able to get out of it's own damn way.
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