When we spoke with Molly Peck, Buick head marketing gal, at the 2015 North American International Auto Show she described Buick moving forward as “affordable luxury.” We don’t know what kind of magic Buick designers and bean counters are working to keep things affordable, but we’re pretty impressed with how the next-generation, 2017 Buick LaCrosse is shaping up.
Steering News posted photos of the 2017 LaCrosse snapped in China, and the photographer was able to get up close and personal with the new sheetmetal. One thing is apparent at first glance, the rear is in for a major makeover.
New L-shaped taillights don the rear, making up a revised rear clip totally, taking inspiration from the latest Opel rears, no doubt. Plenty of Chevrolet Impala can be seen in the side profile, but we’ll reserve judgement for a later date, and not go crazy with blurry spy photos.
The front shows a revised Buick waterfall grille, looking more sleek and angular. Buick Avenir was a driving force up front it seems, and we won’t complain in the slightest about that.
Inside is where things are really spruced up. The current LaCrosse’s interior isn’t a bad place to be, but it could use some love. Here, things looks very refined, and that new gear selector looks awfully similar to what a nine-speed transmission unit may use. General Motors is currently leading development on a nine-speed automatic transmission for future front-wheel drive applications, while Ford develops a ten-speed unit for rear-wheel drive vehicles.
Head on over to the link here, check out the shots, and bring it back in to let us know what you think so far.