Ever since Chevrolet pulled the sheet off the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala, observers were left wondering what it will mean for the Buick LaCrosse. Even several GM Authority readers criticized General Motors as being badge engineering practitioners once again, as the new Impala features similar dimensions, engines and is expected to launch around the same price as the LaCrosse. We’ve since drawn up our own analysis with the knowledge we had at the time regarding the matter. And while the 2014 Impala is the fresher, more modern and more striking choice, GM has big plans for Buick’s big sedan.
In a report from Automotive News, GM designer John Cafaro was quoted in saying that the next LaCrosse “will not fall into the prop wash” of the Impala. and that he “can guarantee you the next LaCrosse we do is going to be way out there, really expressive and premium”. The next generation LaCrosse is expected to arrive in around four years, while a refresh for the current model is expected to arrive for the 2014 model year. Such updates are expected to be added technology, safety and refinement with some updated sheetmetal. These changes may also merit a price increase, so as to not be too close to the new Impala, which is expected to start around $30,000 — and won’t offer all-wheel-drive like the LaCrosse.
We’re completely behind the notion that Buick should continue its ascension upmarket, especially since Chevrolet models continue to climb in price. Just leave the performance stuff to Cadillac.