2017 Buick LaCrosse Sheds 300 Pounds, Debuts Sleeker Design in L.A.

To update the brand’s full-size luxury sedan, Buick engineers rethought the 2017 LaCrosse from the ground up. The 2017 LaCrosse loses 300 pounds over the outgoing model, and packs a fresh face, with visual accents pulled from the wonderful Buick Avenir concept that made its debut earlier this year.

Visually, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is larger, longer, and lower than the outgoing sedan. Riding on a new generation of GM’s Epsilon platform, Buick says the new model gains an impressive 2.7 inches of additional legroom despite adding only 0.6 inch of overall length. While the current LaCrosse has a slightly “lifted” appearance, with a relatively tall ride height, the new car hunkers down on its chassis, with a 1.7-inch drop in ride height. Front and rear wheel have been increased as well, with the wheels pushed out 1.3 inches in the front and 1.1 inches in the rear for a wider footprint and more purposeful stance.

2017 Buick LaCrosse Cabin

On this new platform, the LaCrosse has shed an impressive 300 pounds over the outgoing model. Weight was cut across the board, from the interior, chassis, and powertrain, thanks in part to increased use of high-strength steel. The LaCrosse also should be more agile, with a new five-link rear suspension design and an optional adaptive damping system.

Visually, Buick pulled influences from the fantastic Avenir concept that debuted earlier this year at the 2015 Detroit auto show. While we don’t get the rear-wheel drive and the wild swept-back appearance of the show car, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse does incorporate a variant of the Avenir’s front grille, with a chrome strip in the center of the grille linking the two front headlights. Buick’s trademark “Sweep Spear” side profile makes a return as well, with a bi-level three-dimensional design line on the flanks of the car that draws the eyes rearward.
2017 Buick LaCrosse Tail Lamp

The 2017 LaCrosse also marks the return of the tri-colored Buick badge, also previewed on the Avenir concept. The shields are finished in the brand’s red-white-blue livery, and displayed prominently on the front and rear of the car.
Under the hood, the Buick packs an all-new version of GM’s ubiquitous 3.6-liter V-6, pumping out 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque, routed to either the front wheels or all four wheels through a new eight-speed transmission. The engine was designed from the ground up with cylinder deactivation and integrated stop/start tech to help save fuel. It’s also used in the Cadillac ATS, CTS, and XT5.
2017 Buick Lacrosse Steering Wheel

The new twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system is the same arrangement found on the upcoming Cadillac XT5 crossover, and is said to have new predictive software. Buick claims the 2017 LaCrosse’s system analyzes driving characteristics and prepares for any potential loss of traction proactively.

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse packs a wallop of technology under the redesigned skin as well. This includes a suite of safety features, including pedestrian detection and braking, lane-keep assist, automatic park assist, adaptive cruise control, and haptic warning systems embedded in the seats to keep the driver as alert as possible. Inside, the LaCrosse is available with an integrated head-up display, wireless phone charging, and an infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

2017 Buick LaCrosse Center Stack

Inside, an emphasis was placed on including as many soft touchpoints as possible, with leather and high-quality plastics, along with wood trim that is available on certain trim levels. The center console features an attractive floating design, along with a redesigned “Electronic Precision Shift” knob that will also make its debut on the new Cadillac XT5 crossover. The shift-by-wire system frees up a significant amount of space in the center console, allowing for more storage. Buick spend particular attention on the seats, incorporating new materials that increase comfort and conformity, all while reducing weight. On the top trim-level, there are available massage seat functions for the driver and passenger.

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse will hit dealer lots in summer 2016. In the meantime, take a look at the new LaCrosse in the photo gallery below.

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