Buick’s Avenir concept car that was released in 2015, set the expectations for upcoming 2017 Buick Lacrosse very high. The Avenir had great exterior and interior styling and looked like a great flagship sedan. We were a little disappointed when no moves were made at Buick to extend the Avenir to something beyond just a concept car. Luckily, many successful design cues from the Avenir are starting to make their way onto other Buick models.
That also happened with the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, there’s also a new V6 engine and some brand new technological features. All in all, it’s a premium Buick vehicle that we are seriously excited about. Hence, we are glad to see the interior, exterior and tech specs of the 2017 Buick Encore adopted many LaCrosse features.
The first sign of Buick Avenir designing cues is on the fascia. The gorgeous Avenir grille is adopted on the 2017 Buick Lacrosse. The grille had such a warm welcome that it will make its appearance on other upcoming Buick models as well. The overall shape of the grille looks similar, although it’s now wider, less high and has a round bottom. Furthermore, the pattern mesh within the grille made place for 24 vertical dark slats. The Buick logo still sits in the middle, but is now positioned on a horizontal, slightly curved, chrome strip. The logo is not monochrome like its predecessor’s, but features red, silver and blue colours.
The multi-colour logo is such a success that the upcoming luxury 2018 Buick Regal sedan and estate is rumoured to sport it as well.
The hood is also new and features deeper creases. The headlights have the same overall look, but are slightly less pointy and diagonal. This tones down the frontal appearance of the 2017 LaCrosse, which wasn’t especially necessary and therefore isn’t revolutionary.
The foglights on the lower bumper are much smaller and are now two round dots. The lower air vent is a bit larger and sports the same pattern as the grille. For the finishing touch there is a chrome line above the lower air vent.
LaCrosse side and rear
On the side not much has changed. The body line from the front wheel arch to the rear fender is a bit smoother. Also, the door handle niches now cover the full handle instead of a little outtake. The car windows have a curvier bottom line. Also, the back corner of the rear window now ends in a tip instead of a curved off corner.
The car also looks a lot longer because of the 2.7 inches (7 cm) elongated wheelbase. In reality, the car is only 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) longer, but here looks count more than reality, we’d say.
The overall shape of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse’s rear is similar to its predecessor. New boomerang-shaped taillights embellish the car’s sides. The license plate space was moved down from the trunk lid to the bumper. The chrome line on the trunk lid was left out and the logo in the middle is larger and multi-coloured. Instead there is now a chrome line connecting the two separate chrome rectangular exhausts.
In the cabin, the Avenir designing cues make their return as well. First of all, the flowing look of the Avenir presents itself in the LaCrosse. Named wrap-around, the interior looks like it was created out of only one part wrapped around the corners. The dashboard is clean, as is the center stack and the passenger side dashboard insert really ups the luxurious feel.
The material around the center console and infotainment screen also looks more upscale. The TFT-screen now protrudes instead of being sunk and the cheap looking rotary knobs made way for a more upscale layout. The air vents beside the infotainment screen have a new design, as does the gear shifter. A returning interior feature is the nice curve in which the center stack flows down to the gear shifter. Nice one, Buick.
Furthermore, there is a new steering wheel without the silver lining over it and a BOSE sound system, one that also features in the tech department of the latest 2017 Porsche Panamera interior.
Five optional interior colour configurations are available. Standard comes an eight speaker audio system. Optional is ambient lighting, heated, ventilated and massaging front seats and a BOSE sound system. To really be able to enjoy music from that wonderful system, Buick added Active Noise Cancellation materials.
The engine is the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a 3.6 liter V6 gasoline engine. It uses direct high pressure injection and variable valve timing. Fuel saving technologies in the engine consist of cylinder deactivation and Automatic Start/Stop. Horsepower for this engine lies at an amazing 305, which makes the 2017 LaCrosse a high-range sedan. All right, the 2016 LaCrosse pumped out only 1 horsepower less, but the new engine is lighter, bringing the total weight of the LaCrosse down with 300 pounds (136 kg). That means the car can make use of the present horsepower much better.
The engine is paired with an eight speed automatic transmission including Driver Shift Control, to control gears manually.
Front Wheel Drive is standard and All Wheel Drive is optional on only the highest trim.
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is also available as a hybrid Electric Vehicle. It is powered by a 1.8 liter SIDI engine and a and a 1.5 kWh, high-performance lithium battery unit. Specific numbers as to horsepower are not available yet unfortunately. However, it’s already known that the LaCrosse hybrid hasbetter fuel economy and better performance than other hybrids on the market. Stay tuned for updates.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available technologies on the infotainment screen. Buick’s IntelliLink with phone connectivity comes standard, as does Bluetooth Audio Streaming. An OnStar 4G LTE built-in Wi-Fi hotspot is also standard on the lowest trim of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.
Furthermore, there’s an optional SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3 trial months. Also optional is Wireless charging and navigation also belong in the optional range.
Cruise Control and Remote vehicle starter system that activates climate control are also some standard 2017 LaCrosse features.
Standard safety and convenience features include: Rear Park Assist, a Rear Vision Camera, Teen Driver Setting and StabiliTrak. The latter makes sure the car automatically adapts when steering or traction is restrained by weather conditions. This helps keeping the car on the road.
Optional safety features include: Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator and Forward Collision Alert. Moreover, there’s Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Automatic Braking, Automatic park Assist and front Pedestrian Detection.
Price and sale date
The 2017 Buick Lacrosse has a starting price of $32,990. Following up is the Preferred trim with a starting price of $36,990. Next is the Essence, starting at $39,590 and finally, the Premium starts at $41,990.
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse will go on sale in October 2016.
In Europe, the Buick LaCrosse as such will not be released. In Great-Britain the brand Vauxhall releases Buick models, in the rest of Europe it’s Opel. However, the LaCrosse model does not make its way to European shores in any form, unfortunately.
In Australia, the Buick LaCrosse is sold as the Holden Commodore and might be sold there for the 2017 model year too.