We initially told you about Buick’s refreshed 2020 LaCrosse when the sedan leaked in China in November of 2018. But now, the facelifted model has officially made its debut in China – and we have all the details.
The 2020 Buick LaCrosse arrives with two main novelties: a redesigned exterior that aligns the large sedan with Buick’s latest design language, and GM’s latest new propulsion systems.
Aesthetically, the 2020 Buick LaCrosse stands out as the first model to adopt the latest Buick design language. Its renewed front end is more powerful and visually appealing thanks to a larger grille that ditches the traditional waterfall aesthetic in favor of a new dark horizontal pattern. The new grille connects with the redesigned headlights through a chrome-plated piece, significantly improving the visual width of the front end.
The rear end of the 2020 LaCrosse is also completely redesigned. A set of new taillights features a refined design similar to that seen on the 2018 Buick Enclave and 2019 Envision. They are connected by a chrome strip that also incorporates the Buick logo. The setup improves the large sedan’s stance while also giving it greater perceived width. The rear end also includes a reworked bumper and integrated double exhaust outlets. The design of the side goes unchanged.
The 2020 LaCrosse is also the first Buick model to adopt GM’s eighth generation Ecotec engines. The new, turbo-charged 2.0L LSY engine is mated to the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission. The duo delivers 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
SAIC-GM confirms what we already suspected: the LSY is its first engine that is capable of meeting the upcoming 6B emissions standards that will go into effect in 2020. Later on, the 2020 LaCrosse will be offered with the new, turbo-charged 1.3L L3T engine good for 160 horsepower.
Unfortunately, the 2020 LaCrosse will not be available in the United States due to GM’s decision to shutter the GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant where the vehicle is made. In other words, the refreshed model will never make it to any North American market, including the U.S, Mexico, and Canada. Instead, the facelift will be a China-only affair, where it will go on sale in the first half of 2019.
Production will take place at the SAIC-GM Jinqiao South plant in Shanghai, the only facility that will produce the midcycle refresh of the third-generation Buick LaCrosse.