Stylish, sexy, but you can't have one (unless you live in China).
Buick has officially unveiled its all-new 2024 LaCrosse luxury sedan for the Chinese market. Unfortunately, there's no chance the new LaCrosse is coming to North America. Buick is now a crossover-only brand in the US with the Envista being its most recent reveal. It appears that's the direction it will continue to go despite sedans having numerous advantages over SUVs.
This is something China is obviously aware of. Sedans have long been popular there, as has the Buick brand.
Launching this new five-seat LaCrosse, therefore, makes perfect sense in the world's largest automotive market. Pictured here in the range-topping Avenir trim, the '24 LaCrosse follows the brand's "PURE" design language and features the new logo.
The wing-shaped front fascia boasts a larger grille than the previous model and is flanked by LED headlights. The Avenir trim comes standard with adaptive headlights with 222 LED lighting sources which "support nine intelligent lighting modes that can automatically shift between high beam and low beam" for additional safety.
It's not exactly a four-door coupe design, which has been the trend lately over the traditional three-box sedan, but this new LaCrosse has what Buick calls a "flowing fast-roof," a unique-looking tail wing and chrome-plate exhaust pipes. Those taillights alone consist of 352 lighting sources.
The interior features the brand's Virtual Cockpit System which includes a 30-inch curved 6K display screen and 5G connectivity. Over-the-air updates will be supported for years to come. Buick describes the cabin as having a "floating" design with high-quality materials throughout, including laser-brushed trim, French double stitching, and a diamond-pattern control button.
Avenir trims further receive a special blue and beige dual-color pattern that also has a backlit LED trim panel and 121 dynamic ambient lighting sources.
Like the previous LaCrosse, this new one continues to utilize the proven front-wheel-drive E2 architecture. It measures 196.7 inches long (a 0.8-inch decrease), 73.5 inches wide, and 57.9 inches tall (a 0.4-inch increase). The wheelbase remains unchanged at 114.4 inches.
There are two engine options: a 1.5-liter turbocharged unit with 169 horsepower or a larger 2.0-liter making 227 hp. To compare, America's LaCrosse was significantly more powerful with a 310-hp 3.6-liter V6 under the hood.
The automaker has not announced pricing or a launch date though sales will probably get underway in late summer or early fall.
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