Earlier today Buick introduced in China the all-new LaCrosse premium sedan and LaCrosse Avenir flagship sedan. Three trims of the LaCrosse will be offered, with a price range of RMB 239,800 to RMB 289,800 (Rs 24.41 lakh to Rs 29.50 lakh).
The LaCrosse has been a key member of the Buick lineup in China, its largest market, since 2006. More than 1.2 million have been sold over the years, making it a leader among premium sedans.
The all-new LaCrosse adopts Buick's latest premium sedan design language along with the design essence of the Buick Avenir and Avista concept cars. The latest edition comes with aesthetic elements of sports cars including a rear spoiler.
Buick’s all-in-one cabin has been redesigned to provide a more roomy and comfortable experience for the driver and passengers. The interior incorporates soft materials, including high-grade suede, with delicate French double stitching and Galvano electroplated trim. The 29 storage spaces in the all-new LaCrosse add to its practicality.
The all-new LaCrosse comes standard with an all-new 2.0L intelligent variable-cylinder turbocharged engine – one of GM’s eighth-generation Ecotec engines – matched with a nine-speed Hydra-Matic transmission. The engine develops 350 Nm of peak torque between 1,500 rpm and 4,000 rpm, and 177 kW of maximum power.
According to Buick, the powertrain integrates highly intelligent electrically enabled technology for high efficiency, low emissions and low fuel consumption of 6.9 litres/100 km. As a result, the LaCrosse meets China’s 6-B emission standard.
The new LaCrosse comes with a range of advanced safety technologies. Electronic Stability Control (ESC), tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) come standard. It is also available with pedestrian detection (PD), lane keep assist (LKA), adaptive cruise control (ACC) and collision mitigation braking (CMB).
On the connectivity front, the sedan is equipped with a standard 8-inch HD touchscreen with a newly designed UI interface. Users can delete or move apps according to their preferences. It supports over-the-air (OTA) updates of OnStar and other systems. Users are eligible for 24 gigabytes of free OnStar in-vehicle app data traffic annually.
LaCrosse Avenir flagship sedan
As the top all-new LaCrosse trim, the LaCrosse Avenir flagship sedan stands out with the exclusive Earl Purple exterior colour and new 19-inch crown-like wheels. Its interior features three-dimensional diamond-like design elements that appear on seats, the instrument panel and door panels. The exclusive Avenir logo appears on the outside of the front door and the accelerator pedal to showcase its special identity.
Buick has sold over 9 million vehicles in China since its introduction by SAIC-GM in 1998.