We knew a Buick LaCrosse Avenir was coming, but it’s here a smidge earlier than anticipated. Buick revealed the 2018 LaCrosse Avenir overnight, and in typical Avenir fashion, it wears plenty of concept car-inspired cues like Buick’s first Avenir-branded car, the 2018 Enclave Avenir.
The most notable difference is up front where designers inserted a 3D-mesh upper and lower grille. The pattern recalls the Avista concept, and also pulls its chrome wings flanking the Buick badge as well. The exterior also receives “Avenir” badging and standard 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels, though 20-inch Midnight Silver wheels will be available.
Moving inside the LaCrosse Avenir, the interior features a Chestnut color theme with embroidered front-row headrests and additional “Avenir” badging on the sill plates. The Avenir trim also adds a panoramic moonroof, and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound premium audio as standard.
The powertrain goes unchanged from range-topping LaCrosses. The 2018 LaCrosse Avenir gets a familiar 3.6-liter V6 engine paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can opt for all-wheel drive and the Dynamic Drive Package, which features continuous variable real-time dampening control.
The LaCrosse continues to underperform for Buick, which we think is a real shame, but maybe added luxury will stir up buyers looking for a full-size luxury sedan. Look for the LaCrosse Avenir to reach dealerships in early 2018.