Despite automakers scrambling to stuff dealer lots with crossovers of any and every size, the sedan is not dead. In fact, the middle-ground of luxury is more competitive than ever, and the 2017 Buick LaCrosse looks to be a segment leader in this respect.
Autoline invited Jeff Yannsens, chief engineer of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, to explain how his team achieved the goal of engineering a segment leading car. Foremost, it starts with building it from the ground up.
The 2017 LaCrosse starts on GM’s latest E2XX platform, supporting front- and all-wheel drive applications. It’s lighter, leaner and docile than Epsilon ever was. Capitalizing on Buick’s competitive advantage of a quiet ride was also emphasized. The 3.6-liter LGX V6 was designed and engineered from the start to be compatible with stop-start technology, meaning its integration was never an afterthought.
It’s these kinds of attributes that can turn a vehicle from half baked, to well done. We’ll be driving the 2017 Buick LaCrosse in a couple of weeks, and look forward to reporting on how Buick has done.