Edmund’s Insideline just pitted the 2010 Buick LaCrosse against the 2009 Lexus ES. The results are surprising not only because the LaCrosse beat the ES, but – according to Edmunds – it embarrasses its Japanese rival. It seems Buick has a winner on its hands. Check out the video after the jump…
2019 Buick Envision Gets Mid-Cycle Refresh
You don’t see many of them on the road, but the unassuming Buick Envision is actually Buick’s third best-selling model in North America. The brand’s push to modernize and overhaul its image has resulted in a few new updates for the compact crossover.
For the 2019 model year, the Envision crossover gets revised styling that’s more inline with the latest LaCrosse sedan and seven-seat Enclave crossover, including the now-ubiquitous two-bar grille and a rear end that’s more sculpted.
The interior remains mostly the same, at least visually, but benefits from some hardware updates, including a better rear vision camera, improved hands-free microphone with better call quality and voice recognition, seat heaters that warm up quicker, and wireless charging for your phone. There is now an in-vehicle air ionizer that helps eliminate odors and reduce bacteria.
The biggest changes are found under the hood, where turbocharged Envision models get a boost in torque from 260 lb-ft to 295 lb-ft. thanks to the application of General Motor’s new nine-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower remains unchanged at 252 ponies.
Pricing for the updated, 2019 Buick Envision starts at $32,990, around $1,000 less than the 2018 model.
Buick LaCrosse Gets Avenir Treatment, Looks Good
Like the Enclave crossover, the Buick LaCrosse sedan has received the Avenir treatment, offering another level of style and substance for buyers looking for a more luxurious LaCrosse.
On the outside, the Buick LaCrosse Avenir sets itself apart from the lesser LaCrosse trims with a unique three-dimensional mesh upper and lower grille with chrome wings, script badging on the front doors, and 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels. 20-inch Midnight Silver wheels are optional.
The interior boasts a Chestnut-color upholstery, embroidered first-row headrests and Avenir-scripted sill plates. Many of the optional features on the regular model, including navigation, a panoramic moonroof, and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound premium audio, are standard on the LaCrosse Avenir.
While the base LaCrosse is now only offered as a hybrid, the Avenir model comes standard with the 310-horsepower V6 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available at an extra cost.
Buyers can also opt for the Dynamic Drive package, which adds a variable suspension and a suite of electronic driving and safety aids.
According to Buick vice president Duncan Aldred, “Nine out of ten LaCrosse buyers are choosing one of the top two trim levels — customers are signaling they want more from Buick,” justifying the LaCrosse Avenir’s existence.
Expect to pay at least $40,000 in the United States for one.
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Buick Getting Electric SUV Based On Chevy Bolt
Buick will reportedly get an electric SUV based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
With the small Encore (pictured) leading the way, Buick has found great sales success with its lineup of crossovers, and the company is likely betting that an electric model will increase its fortunes even further.
A source that attended a focus group for the new Buick EV crossover revealed to InsideEVs that the model looked “next-generation Buick Encore-like” but featured the same specs and 60 kWh battery as the Bolt. He was quoted as saying:
“They asked questions like: “Does this look like an SUV to you?” and “Does this change your opinion of Buick?” Most people thought Bolt EV and the Buick were different vehicle types, some completely trashed Bolt EV and loved the Buick, so I guess the designers did a good job. The proportions on the Buick look very similar to an Encore or Trax.”
As a result of sharing its mechanicals with the Bolt, the Buick EV crossover will have the same exterior dimensions as the electric Chevy hatchback, but with an extra 3-inches of rear legroom. The slight increase in size will make it tad bit slower in acceleration.
Being a crossover and offering more premium features like power controls and a larger center touch screen means it will also be about $3,000 more than the Bolt.
It wasn’t revealed when the new Buick EV crossover will be introduced.