The teasing has ended and the veil have been lifted – the all-new, 2017 Buick LaCrosse has officially bee unveiled looking classier than its predecessor and promising even more luxury and technology.
Stylistically-influenced by the dramatic cues of the Buick Avenir Concept showcased at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in Detroit, the 2017 LaCrosse is leaner and sleeker than the previous model, featuring a longer, lower and wider body. It ushers in the new face of Buick, one characterised by a new waterfall grille design with a large opening highlighted by the return of the brand’s iconic three-color (red, silver and blue) tri-shield logo.
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The grille is flanked by sweptback HID headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, while elsewhere we see tastefully-applied front fender vents, a modern interpretation of Buick’s “sweepspear” body-side design, a cleanly-designed rear end with LED taillights and an integrated spoiler, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the new LaCrosse is said to be the first Buick to have a single cockpit design aesthetic with a horizontal form that sweeps across the instrument panel and into the doors. There is also a ‘floating’ center console that places the shift controller higher and closer to the driver and an eight-inch display set between the gauge clusters.
The last LaCrosse was one of the quietest cars you could buy, and the latest model is even quieter, thanks in large part to an all-new noise-reducing cam drive system that contributes to a quieter engine compartment. Other sound-deadening features include active noise cancellation, acoustic-laminated windshield and front side windows, triple-sealed doors, and better body noise-path sealing.
As if that wasn’t enough, material quality is higher and the options list longer. Buyers will have the choice of three interior trim packages, all of which are available with ‘Moon White’ ambient lighting and eight-way-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats. A heated steering wheel with a power tilting/telescoping steering column, dual-zone climate control, power rear sunshade, and premium Bose stereo system can also be ordered.
Despite being longer, lower and wider, the 2017 LaCrosse manages to be around 300 pounds (136 kg) lighter, thanks to an all-new, lightweight platform that makes extensive use of high-strength steels and new dissipative sound absorbing material in place of traditional noise-blocking pads.
Moving that lighter body around is a new 3.6-liter V6 engine with direct-injection, start / stop and cylinder deactivation that produces an estimated 305 horsepower and 268 lb-ft. (363 Nm) of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends all that power to the ground through the front wheels, though it can be paired with an optional dual-clutch all-wheel drive system.
General Motor’s engineers revised the suspension system, adding a new five-link setup for the rear and available HiPer struts up front. The large sedan can also be equipped with electronically-controlled air dampers that offer two selectable driving modes: ‘Touring’ and ‘Sport’.
The completely-redesigned, 2017 Buick LaCrosse goes on sale in the first half of 2016. Does GM have a winner on its hands?
Buick Cascada Convertible Is Dead After 2019, And It Likely Won’t Return
It was virtually invisible, so no one is going to miss it.
Buick has confirmed that the Cascada convertible will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, so act fast if you still want one.
Rumors of the Cascada’s demise began popping up in late 2018 when Opel — which was formerly owned by General Motors — announced plans to stop building its version of the car in Poland. The model had reached the end of its product life cycle, so many questioned its fate.
“The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in [six of every 10] buyers from outside GM,” a Buick spokesperson told . Buick sold about 17,000 examples of the Cascada since adding the model to its portfolio for the 2016 model year, a measly figure that isn’t surprising considering the little advertising its received.
Production ends in the summer of 2019, and with Opel now owned by Peugeot and the convertible segment experiencing a perceptible decline all over the world, the odds of the Cascada being replaced in North America are slim to none.
The Cascada won’t be the only Buick to get the ax in 2019 — the LaCrosse full-size sedan will join it.
12 Second-Tier Classic Muscle Cars To Consider For Your Collection, Part 1
They lurked and even prospered in the shadows of the Mustangs and Corvettes of the world.
During the automotive halcyon days of the late 1960s, there were all sorts of muscle cars being optioned with powerful big-block engines and performance accessories. Not all cars coming out of Detroit were quite so outrageous, though.
There were many smaller-engined cars — typically with small-block V-8s — that were sold by the thousands. Today, they make for great collector cars and you can get one for a fraction of what the big boys go for.
Ford Torino GT
Produced between 1968 and 1976, the Ford Torino was most popular as a 4-door and 2-door hardtop. The high-performance version was made with the enthusiast crowd in mind and could be ordered with engines such as the 428 CID and 429 cu “Cobra-Jet.” The GT was also available as a 2-door “SportsRoof” and convertible.
The Demon was introduced in two versions. The first was an econo-car with a 198 CID slant-six and the second was a performance version packing a 340 cubic inch V8. In addition to having more power, the V8 Demon featured special paints and cartoon devil and trident decals.
According to , the one everyone wanted was the 340. It was equipped with a synchronized floor-shifted 3-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drum brakes, a Sure-Grip differential and dual exhaust. This particular Demon is still highly sought-after model today.
In 1964, Ford released a performance version of the Comet called the Mercury Comet Cyclone. That name was used until 1967, when the “Comet” part of the name was dropped and wildly-popular options such as GT, Spoiler and Cobra Jet were added. In 1971, the Cyclone lost its unique identity when it was integrated into the Montego line
The full-size Buick Wildcat was produced from 1962 to 1970 and took its name from a fiberglass-bodied 1953 concept car. It had a high-performance 325 hp version of the 401 cu in Nailhead V-8 motor — the “Wildcat 445”, as it was known — and produced 445 lb-ft of torque.
Chrysler 300 Hurst
In 1970, Chrysler built the “300 Hurst” with input from the uber-popular aftermarket parts manufacturer Hurst Performance. Only 501 units are believed to have been built. Today, genuine 300 Hurst models are worth in the low six-figures.
AMC Rebel Machine
In 1957, American Motors Corporation (AMC) introduced a beefy version of the Rambler called the “Rebel.” Powered by a big V-8, the was the first factory-produced lightweight muscle car. The Rebel name was eventually used on all performance versions of AMC car, and in 1967, the company’s entire intermediate line took the Rebel name.
GM Trademark Hints At New Buick Enspire SUV
There might be something fresh and possibly delicious cooking at Buick.
General Motors has , the second time it has done so. Although automakers don’t always use their trademarks, there’s a good chance the company actually has something planned for it.
Previewed by the stylish Buick Enspire Concept can (pictured) that bowed at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, the production Enspire could take the form of a small crossover roughly the size of the Buick Envision and likely sharing a platform with the Cadillac XT4.
Expect it to be more stylish and premium than the Envision, likely featuring a more radical design inspired by the concept, better material quality and more tech.
The new Buick Enspire could be unveiled sometime between 2019 and 2020. What are you hoping to see?