You thought it was gone, but China loves sedans.
Big sedans may be all but gone in the United States, but the Chinese market still loves them. Though the Buick LaCrosse has already been discontinued in the US for several years, General Motors continued selling it in China and even gave it a facelift. Now, leaked information from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology shows that Buick plans to release an all-new LaCrosse.
The updated sedan features vastly different styling than the US model that went out of production in 2019. Both the front and rear bumpers don't even look like they belong to the Buick family, looking more like a Toyota Camry or Avalon. The front end especially looks like it was inspired by the Buick Wildcat Concept. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the LaCrosse will wear the new Buick logo.
Though the looks are fresh, this LaCrosse rides on the same GM Epsilon 2 platform as the outgoing model. This is evident when looking at structural points like the hood and trunk lid. In addition to the photos, the MIIT site also shared the LaCrosse's dimensions.
It measures 196.7 inches long (a 0.8-inch decrease), 73.5 inches wide (no change), and 57.9 inches tall (a 0.4-inch increase). As for the wheelbase, it remains unchanged at 114.4 inches, which is expected since it shares a platform. This full-size sedan tips the scales at 4,630 pounds.
The MIIT even revealed what's under the hood. Chinese customers will have a choice between a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with 169 horsepower or a larger 2.0-liter making 227 hp, a slight decrease over the outgoing model's 237 hp rating. Both pale in comparison to the 3.6-liter V6 offered in the North American market, which produced 310 hp.
More information about the 2024 Buick LaCrosse, including interior photos, should be revealed closer to April 2023. Buick plans to fully reveal the car for China at the 2023 Shanghai Auto Show. And now, there are no plans to bring it stateside.