2014 Buick LaCrosse needed a facelift to face the competition

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 1, 2013

Buick unveiled an updated LaCrosse sedan at the New York Auto Show last week and as you may know already, the company has been relying on the LaCrosse for its recovery. Launched only weeks after the bankruptcy of General Motors in 2009, the sedan was considered to be Buick’s most significant debut. It had fought for relevancy after nearly being removed during GM's retrenchment.

The present generation LaCrosse is sleeker and has a more refined appearance than predecessor Buick sedans. The LaCrosse, which is Buick's flagship, has been successful. It was the best-selling nameplate in 2012. Together with the Enclave large crossover, Buick was able to form a promising reputation for fashionable designs and interiors that are quiet and comfortable.

However, four years is quite a long time to go by without a new facelift. The LaCrosse has become out of date. A few weeks from now, a 2014 Chevrolet Impala will be launched, demonstrating just how outdated the LaCrosse is.

The LaCrosse is slotted higher than its corporate cousin on the premium scale. However, the redesigned Impala has a stunning exterior design and is filled with technology that the present LaCrosse doesn’t have. Its cabin may even be more silent than that of the LaCrosse.

Set to arrive at the showrooms this summer, the reskinned 2014 LaCrosse will take care of many of its weaknesses. Many of the enhancements are found in its interior, with a more refined appearance, a modified and decluttered center stack and an infotainment unit that’s more intuitive. The exterior modifications are not as numerous.

They feature sleeker headlights and wing-shaped LED daytime running lights. After that, the LaCrosse's exterior design will be carried over until its next full-scale redesign, which isn’t expected to come until 2015.

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