With more luxury and safety features, the updated Buick LaCrosse makes its official debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
For a brand that just over five years ago was on the brink of extinction, Buick has done an amazing job turning itself into a competitive pseudo-premium carmaker. Thanks to models like the LaCrosse, people younger than 65 are buying Buicks once again. Debuting today at New York, the 2014 LaCrosse is the recipient of a mid-cycle refresh inside and out. The updated front-end continues with Buick’s oversized waterfall grille styling but now it’s complete with LED-trimmed headlights.
Note that the traditional hood vents have been moved from the top of the hood to the sides. Out back and you’ll notice restyled LED taillights that are now connected with chrome trim. There are also new wheel designs and engine options - consisting of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6 - are carried over from last year. Perhaps the biggest changes to the LaCrosse come to the interior as Buick says it’s been redesigned for a more luxurious look and feel. A simplified instrument panel with dual eight-inch color displays, next-gen IntelliLink system and revised door panels and console are the most notable changes.
Buick will also offer a new Ultra Luxury Interior Package that brings ash wood trim, semi-aniline leather seats and synthetic suede headliner. A few new safety features include forward collision alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and Collision Mitigation Braking which "automatically triggers emergency braking in certain crash-imminent situations when the driver fails to respond." Official pricing hasn’t been released but expect to see the 2014 LaCrosse in showrooms shortly.