2017 Buick LaCrosse Borrows Design Cues from the Avenir Concept

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With the current generation introduced in 2009 as the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, the mid-size sedan from GM's not-premium-but-not-volume-either brand prepares for its third incarnation. And this teaser image shows what the fuss is all about – the all-new LaCrosse will be way more beautiful than the unconvincing sedan Buick currently manufactures.
Some say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yet the 2017 Buick LaCrosse doesn't appear to be a dud from the image provided by the manufacturer. The Avenir Concept styling cues are obvious, including the shape of the front grille, the darkened waterfall grille bars, and the horizontal chrome bar that spans from one headlight to the other.

We have to give Buick credit for this neat front-end design. The General Motors-owned manufacturer informs that the face you see in the photo above will be adopted by all Buick models by 2018, which is reassuring news. Call me a hater or call me whatever, but I certainly don't like how the Encore's grille compares to the one adorning the Chevrolet Trax.

It's expressive design with a touch of progressiveness to itself, a visual statement that Buick is on the right path. As for the mechanicals, is there anything worth mentioning about those? Why, yes, there is!

The all-new three-color tri-shield Buick insignia dominating the front grille will be complemented by an all-new vehicle platform. The GM Epsilon will be phased out in favor of the all-new E2XX architecture, shared with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. In basic English, expect the third-gen LaCrosse to weigh less, consume less fuel, and drive a lot better. A five-link suspension setup is confirmed too.

On an ending note, the most powerful 2017 Buick LaCrosse will use a 3.6-liter LGX naturally aspirated V6 motor shared with the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and 2016 Cadillac CT6. Paired to an 8-speed automatic, this six-banger should provide excellent performance and smooth shifts, as well as better fuel economy than the outgoing 3.6-liter LFX V6 gasoline engine. The new LaCrosse will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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