After nearly four full years of production, the second-generation of Buick’s LaCrosse sedan is becoming a bit aged. General Motors is busy at work on a new model, and if recent spy photos from Automobile are any indication, the sedan will grow a bit in size and move upmarket.
The spy shots show a prototype covered in heavy camouflage, however it’s given away as a Buick thanks to the sculpted rear haunches and unmistakably Buick multi-spoke wheels. Just like the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu it will share its Epsilon II platform with, the LaCrosse has adopted a fastback-style roof similar to the Audi A7 and also appears a touch wider and lower.
Automobile believes the new LaCrosse will become more premium and luxurious with this new model to help distinguish it better from the Chevrolet Impala, which moved upmarket in its latest redesign thanks to a host of high quality interior materials and high-end options.
It’s true we’re looking at the next-generation LaCrosse, but this model could play a larger role within GM than being just a new Buick for North America and China. It may also find duty as the rumored front-wheel drive large sedan set to replace the Holden Commodore, production of which will cease in 2017. It still isn’t clear where the Commodores replacement will be made or if it will be called Commodore, however its likely it will be a variation of one of GM’s Epsilon II cars, such as the LaCrosse.
Little is known about the next-generation LaCrosse, so stay tuned to GM Authority for more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, check out the spy shots of the car here.