- Buick has introduced a new generation of the LaCrosse large sedan for China.
- The new model features a modern exterior design and an ornate interior with many luxury-grade features.
- The LaCrosse exited the US market last year and is unlikely to return here.
It’s been years since Buick sold a big, comfortable sedan in America, but the brand’s full-size LaCrosse is still going strong in China. In fact, GM just revealed a new China-market LaCrosse that looks very luxurious inside and out and offers features we haven’t seen on any US-market Buicks.
The front end of the new LaCrosse incorporates a similar lighting design as other recent Buick models such as the Encore GX and Envista, and Buick’s new tri-shield logo is prominently displayed on the hood. It’s pictured here in its top Avenir trim level, which includes matrix headlights, LED taillights, and can perform a welcome lighting sequence as you approach the car.
The interior also surpasses any current Buicks we get here in America in terms of technology offerings thanks to a large 30.0-inch array of screens spanning two-thirds of the dashboard. The electric Buick Electra E5 crossover has a similar screen setup, and that model may be the one to bring this new infotainment system to the US. The LaCrosse also has heated, cooled and massaging front and rear seats as standard equipment.
Buick didn’t release any mechanical details, but the previous Chinese-market LaCrosse uses a 237 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
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Despite growing up on a steady diet of Honda and Toyota base models—or maybe because of it—Joey Capparella cultivated an obsession for the automotive industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his first professional auto-writing gig at Automobile Magazine. He has been a part of Car and Driver team since 2016 and currently resides in New York City.