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Apr 08, 2009 (2:57 pm)
The 2010 Buick LaCrosse, unveiled earlier this year at the Detroit auto show, will have a starting price of $27,835, General Motors has announced. The entry-level CX model features front-wheel-drive and a 255 horsepower motor. The CXL, which features a leather interior and more luxury features, is slightly more expensive at $30,395. All-wheel-drive is a $2,175 option. The range-topping CXS features AWD standard, plus a more powerful 280 hp V6.
Buick is clearly stepping up its game when it comes to exterior design — and we hope driving dynamics and interior quality will be equally improved. The sedan is expected to be sold in the United States and China, and was developed with both markets in mind.
In addition to replacing the current Lacrosse, the 2010 model will also fill the Lucerne’s shoes after its eventual discontinuation. The company is hoping the redesigned Lacrosse will kick-start sales for Buick. Although buyers snatched up 150,744 LeSabres – the Lucerne’s predecessor – in 1997, Buick’s current flagship sedan has only managed to entice 50,799 buyers through the first 11 months of 2008. With the new Lacrosse expected to take over that role of two previous models, GM is targeting higher volume than in recent years.
In terms of exterior design, the Lacrosse builds on the theme established by the Enclave crossover. Buick has relocated its signature portholes from the front fender to the hood — a seemingly more functional location. Most of the other details follow Buick’s latest design language, including the ‘waterfall’ grille and smooth sculpted surfaces.
The Invicta show car’s cabin was not toned down at all for production, which is great news considering interiors have been a weak point for GM up until recently. Similar to what we saw recently with the redesigned Chevrolet Equinox, the LaCrosse continues GM’s new twin-pod gauge design.
The 2010 LaCrosse will be offered in three models - CX, CXL and CXS. The CX will be equipped with a new 3.0-liter direct injection V6, premium cloth seats and 17-inch wheels. The engine generates an estimated 255 horsepower and 211 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic.
The CXL variant is equipped with the same motor, but adds leather-appointed heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, outside rearview mirror with LED turn indicators and puddle lamps, and 18-inch wheels. AWD is available.
Lastly, the CXS comes with a more powerful 3.6-liter direct injection V6, real-time active-dampening suspension, perforated leather heated and cooled seats, and chrome-plated 18-inch wheels (19-inch optional). The motor, mated to a six-speed automatic, generates an estimated 280 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque.
Codenamed GMX353, the new LaCrosse is the first car in the United States to ride on the new global front-wheel drive Epsilon II platform. The new Buick will be assembled at GM’s Fairfax facility starting in February. The LaCrosse should hit dealer showrooms in mid-2009 as a 2010 model. LaCrosse annual production is expected to be in the 65,000 to 75,000 range
#18 of 2056 Re: Price announced [mitchflorida]
Apr 08, 2009 (4:43 pm)
It is interesting. It is cheaper than Acura TL and Lincoln MKZ but more expensive than Camcords, Fulans and Aurbus. The car exactly in the price range I am looking in. I hope that unlike Saturn Aura they did it right and steering it good, no cheap matirials in cabin and etc.
What is 3.0L engine? I hope it is not a typical pushrod from GM.
#21 of 2056 Re: LaCrosse [vic10]
Apr 17, 2009 (4:57 pm)
The last Buick I had was a1978 turbo Regal Coup. Main bearing went out at 12,400 miles (12,000 mile warranty back then) & GM refused to do a single thing to cover the cost of the repair. I swore I'd never buy another GM product, and I haven't; but the 10 Lacrosse just might bring me back. I like what I see so well that I"m holding off on replacing my 06 Avalon till I can see the Lacrosse this summer.
So far the only negatives I see in the car are the weight & gas mileage. A 4,000 lb intermediate that gets 26-27 mpg is definitely not competitive in today's world.
#22 of 2056 Re: Price announced [mitchflorida]
Apr 18, 2009 (12:16 pm)
How reliable is your info Mitch? I am very interested in the 2010 Lacrosse. Thanks
#23 of 2056 Re: LaCrosse [bobgwtw]
Apr 18, 2009 (1:00 pm)
Wow, 4000 lbs is pretty heavy . . I guess it is the same size as a BMW 5 series.
#24 of 2056 2010 Buick Lacrosse
Apr 21, 2009 (4:00 pm)
Boy! Sounds like the base CXL will be a couple of grand less than I thought. It's really getting enticing! Can't wait until it hits the stealerships. Has anyone ever used the credit union discount when buying a GM vehicle? Just curios if it's worth it or if the stealerships jerk you around with it.
Personally, I don't mind the weight. Seems it would be safer in a collision. My RDX weighs in at approximately 3950 lbs. and it feels very safe on the road. If the LaCrosse would get 26-27 mpg/hwy that would be a bit better than my current mpg and would be welcome.
I love everything about the looks of the new LaCrosse. And yes, it beats the front of the Acura TL hands down. That parrot beak is U-G-L-Y!
#25 of 2056 2010 Buick Lacrosse (1bythesea)
Apr 22, 2009 (10:57 pm)
"...beats the front of the Acura TL..."
It's not only the front, but the back and the sides too. To me, the '09 is the first ugly TL. As a current TL owner, the styling of the '09 would be a deal breaker for me. I prefer the '10 LaCrosse.
#26 of 2056 Re: 2010 Buick Lacrosse (1bythesea) [hpmctorque]
Apr 25, 2009 (5:41 am)
Personally, I like the rear of the TL but the front is a deal breaker for me. Yes, I prefer the 2010 LaCrosse any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
I was just watching videos of the 2010 LaCrosse and the Opel Insignia of which it is based. The Insignia won best new car of 2009 in Europe. It also comes in a wagon (Sport Tourer), similar to what Toyota has done with the Venza based on the Camry platform. Wonder if GM will be bringing it to America? Maybe 2011 or 2012? Guess a lot will depend on 2010 LaCrosse sales and the fate of GM in general.