GM not planning a GS version of the Buick LaCrosse

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 6, 2011

Many sources have told GMI that there won’t be a GS variant of the LaCrosse. However, they didn’t give any reason and they also declined to reveal if a plan to make one was ever approved. In the past year, there have been several rumors and spy images of the speculative high-performance Buick LaCrosse model.

GMI had previously reported that the LaCrosse GS would probably be powered by the upcoming twin-turbo V-6 engine from GM.

This plan was thought to be a plausible one, considering that this same engine will be used by the Cadillac XTS, the platform mate of the LaCrosse. Buick was able to introduce the Regal GS quickly, boosting hopes that the same strategy will be used on the bigger LaCrosse. The LaCrosse got the newest version of GM's 3.6-liter V-6 known as the LFX for the 2012 model year.

It generates 303hp in the LaCrosse. Its fuel economy ratings are also satisfactory. It’s likely that GM believes that the LaCrosse is pleasing enough with the new V-6. It’s expected that the LaCrosse will be redesigned for the 2014 model year. So far, not much has been divulged about the car. But for now, what’s definite is that a GS performance model of the LaCrosse will not be made.

Buick has unveiled its entirely redesigned 2010 Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, bringing along with it an all-wheel-drive system, two fuel-saving V-6 engines, and an array of advanced intelligent personal technologies as well as safety features.

According to Buick-Pontiac-GMC vice president Susan Docherty, excellent craftsmanship, great attention to detail and advanced technology underpinned the creation of the Buick LaCrosse, which builds on the success of Enclave. She added that just like the Buick Enclave, the LaCrosse was designed to appeal to a whole new buyer.

Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design, noted that Buick's heritage of leading designs – like the Y-Job Concept, the Roadmaster and the Riviera – helped define American auto design.

He remarked that Buick design is a product of a global team and resources. He disclosed that the new Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan is the first GM vehicle to be created on three continents – thanks to creative collaboration between designers in the United States and China -- in partnership with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) – and chassis and body engineers in Europe.

Welburn quipped that the new Buick LaCrosse embodies modern elegance with a arked by a balance of contrasts. He remarked that the exterior of the new LaCrosse features a great balance between taut, sculpted lines and opulent accents and surfaces, while its interior seeks an inviting environment through its cool blue ambient lighting and smoked chrome accents.

The interior of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan makes use of warm wood as well as first-class leather and materials. Upon closer inspection, the Buick LaCrosse features an exterior derived from the Buick Invicta Concept unveiled at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show.

Welburn noted that the new LaCrosse sedan is instantly recognizable as a Buick, thanks to its signature waterfall grille, portholes inside the hood’s character line, and 'sweep spear' body-side styling.

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