First hitting the scene in 2004 for the 2005 model year, the Buick LaCrosse was discontinued in the U.S. after the 2019 model year following a global restructuring effort. However, the Buick LaCrosse is still sold in China, and now, GM Authority spy photographers have captured the next-gen Buick LaCrosse undergoing testing.
For those readers who may be unaware, the current third-generation Buick LaCrosse was introduced for the 2017 model year in both China and North America. However, while the nameplate was discontinued in North America after the 2019 model year, the 2019 Buick LaCrosse received a facelift for the Chinese market. Now, GM is developing the next-gen Buick LaCrosse, as seen in these spy photos.
Offered as a full-size sedan, the next-generation Buick LaCrosse looks to be equipped with a redesigned fascia featuring new boomerang-shaped headlight clusters, as compared to horizontally oriented, angular clusters introduced by the recent 2019-model-year refresh.
Notably, the clusters on this next-gen Buick LaCrosse are placeholder lights, with the final production lighting expected to be a bit different. That said, the boomerang shape is becoming something of a design cue for the Buick brand, including for the all-new, Chinese-market Buick GL8 Century MPV that leaked last month, so expect something similar from the next-generation production-spec Buick LaCrosse.
Moving over to the flanks, we see the next-generation Buick LaCrosse running a fastback-like silhouette, with the low-profile roofline falling at a gentle angle into the rear trunk. Also notable are the taillights, which are obviously revised with the upcoming next-gen sedan, although the taillights on this particular prototype are once again placeholder units.
Looking ahead, the Buick LaCrosse is not expected to be sold in North America any time soon. That said, this particular next-gen prototype was spotted running around on public roads in Michigan, hence the U.S. road signs spotted in the background.
We’ll keep our eye on the next-gen Buick LaCrosse to see how it develops, so remember to subscribe to GM Authority for more Buick LaCrosse news, Buick news, GM business news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.