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2018 Buick LaCrosse is available with mild hybrid powertrain as standard

Buick's heavily altered 2017 Buick LaCrosse was a likeable vehicle when it was rolled out last year, however the declining passenger car market affected the overall appeal of the vehicle especially the full-sizer's standard feature and efficiency. Sales went downhill due to this reason. Now the American automaker is rebounding by revealing that the 2018 LaCrosse will have a tempting upgrade to offer in the form of eAssist mild hybrid system and new transmission in V6 powered models in hopes of attracting more customers into the showroom.

The newest 2018 Buick LaCrosse is geared with a 2.5 L 4-cylinder with an eAssist mild hybrid as the vehicle's standard powertrain. In an economical move, the price will be slashed from $32,990 to $30,490 for the existing sedan that is equipped with the 3.6 L V6 engine. The hybrid model will be available at showrooms this coming fall. The American car maker is still mum on the specific details regarding the hybrid LaCrosse's output.

But Buick commented that the powertrain is expected to upgrade the sedan's fuel economy in the city by about 19 percent which will allow it an estimated 25 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon in the highway. The hybrid sedan's 2.5 L 4-cylinder utilizes a motor generator unit that takes the place of a conventional alternator, and a 0.45 kW-hour lithium-ion battery stocks energy for the system.

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2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir has starting price of $45,795

Interested to get Buick’s latest rendition of the Avenir? It isn’t really a range-topping trim as it’s actually treated as a sub-brand. Before it came out as the LaCrosse sedan, this model first appeared as a four-door concept, and was initially introduced as the Enclave SUV. As you know, the Enclave Avenir has a starting price of $53,500, and the LaCrosse will be priced a little cheaper when it finally goes on sale in a few weeks.

Let us get into more detail regarding the prices of the LaCrosse trims. Firstly, the luxurious 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir can be had for a reasonable price of $45,795. This makes it $3,700 more expensive than the standard LaCrosse Premium, which has a price tag of $42,095 (inclusive of a destination cost of $925).

Under the hood of the LaCrosse Avenir is the same 3.6 liter engine that can be found in the Premium model. It carries out 310 horsepower (231 kilowatts) and 268 pound-feet (363 Newton-metres) of torque, paired to a nine speed automatic transmission. But since it is priced a little more, expect it to come with some extra features too.

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Buick introduces 2018 LaCrosse Avenir premium flagship sedan

There will be, indeed, a new member for Buick’s luxury sub-brand Avenir in 2018. Buick has officially introduced the inclusion of the new 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir premium flagship sedan, which it describes as its highest expression of luxury.

Making the LaCrosse sedan part of the Avenir sub-brand was an easy decision for Buick. Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC, noted that nine of 10 LaCrosse customers are picking one of the top two trim levels, which means that these clients are seeking more from Buick. Alfred quipped that by bearing the name Avenir, the new LaCrosse Avenir offers more content and more elegant appearance all in attainable luxury. The new 2018 LaCrosse Avenir will feature distinct styling cues, an extensive set of standard elements as well as exclusive premium materials.

Just like the recently introduced Enclave Avenir, the new LaCrosse Avenir comes with a number of design cues derived from and inspired by Buick concept cars. These design cues include the distinct three-dimensional mesh upper and lower grille with chrome wings, as well as the Avenir script badging on the front doors. As standard, the new LaCrosse Avenir rides on exclusive 19-inch Pearl Nickel. Twenty-inch Midnight Silver wheels are also available.

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Buick’s Avenir sub-brand to welcome LaCrosse full-size sedan into its luxury lineup

It looks like Buick’s luxury sub-brand Avenir is all poised to give birth to a new member in 2018. Buick will be adding the LaCrosse into its Avenir lineup next year, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Admission, as dug up by GM Inside News.

Presently, the Buick LaCrosse has become a victim of the crumbling full-size sedan market. In fact, with a 204-day supply of inventory, the Buick flagship sedan has shown its weakness – low sales. But things may change if Buick would create a premium luxury version of its flagship sedan and have it don the Avenir badge. Buick is hoping that once the LaCrosse in the luxury car market, the destiny of its low-selling full-size sedan might cross to the greener pasture.

Buick or GM hasn’t confirmed it, but the LaCrosse Avenir was definitely included in GM’s 2018 Vehicle Identification Number Decoder revised and submitted to the NHTSA in September. As indicated in these documents discovered by GM Inside News – in particular in the VIN’s fifth position – Buick is planning to offer two configurations of the LaCrosse Avenir – front-wheel and all-wheel drive. It is expected that the new Buick will be powered by exclusively with the current 3.6-liter V6 engine as mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic gearbox.

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The new face of Buick has been unveiled at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show with the launch of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. Among the major influences of this new look are the highly acclaimed Avenir concept seen at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the Buick concept that appeared during the middle of the 20th century.

Set to start selling in the early part of the summer of next year, the LaCrosse has a redesigned grille that has a big opening and bears the Buick tri-shield insignia expressed with three colors (red, blue, and silver).

It is fitted with wing-like parts that are emphasized as they’re placed against darker waterfall grille bars that are reminiscent of the 1954 Wildcat II concept. Duncan Aldred, the vice president of Global Buick, said that the new LaCrosse marks the start of the next step in the brand’s quest to conquer the international scene.

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General Motors has issued a recall of 8,208 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans (MY2014) over issues with their front brake assembly. GM said in a statement that rear brake rotors might have been installed in the front brake assembly of the sedans, resulting to “possible reduced braking performance.”

The carmaker said that the situation could significantly shorten front brake pad life as well as cut brake system performance, which could heighten risk of a crash. GM said that around 1,700 of the cars with customers and the rest are with dealers. According to GM, it is unaware of any crashes or injuries linked to the problem.

It added that only a “small percentage” of the recalled vehicles would have the wrong front rotors. A spokesman for GM said the carmaker has sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informing the agency of the recall.

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Buick has just announced that the 2014 LaCrosse will be priced at $34,060, including a $925 destination charge. The 2014 LaCrosse will be offered as standard with the next-generation IntelliLink connectivity, an eight-inch reconfigurable color cluster display, eight air bags and an eAssist powertrain that offers an EPA-estimated 36 highway mpg.

For $2,495, Buick offers the all-new Ultra Luxury interior package that includes the unique dark stained Tamo Ash wood throughout the cabin, jet black synthetic suede on the headliner and vanity mirrors, and Semi-Aniline full leather seats in sangria color. If you want even more, Buick offers the Driver Confidence I package for $2,125, which includes Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Warning, Lane Change Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, articulating high-intensity discharge headlights, and a head-up display.

If you are not satisfied, there is the Driver Confidence II package that costs $1,745 and must be paired with Driver Convenience I. The Driver Confidence II package includes Adaptive Cruise Control, an Automatic Collision Prep system, and a patented Safety Alert Seat that directs the driver’s attention using vibrations through the surface of the seat bottom.

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General Motors Co. will be recalling over 38,000 sedans equipped with its "eAssist" mild hybrid system to fix circuit boards that may overheat. Such an incident may lead to a loss of battery charge or a fire in the trunk in extreme cases. According to the carmaker, it was aware of the two trunk fires related to the issue but remarked that there were no injuries or crashes as a result of the problem.

Affected sedans include the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Regal from the 2012 and 2013 model years. The affected sedans were assembled in the United States before December 2012. Overheating of the circuit boards in the generator control module in some of the sedans may result to several issues like loss of battery charge and the illumination of a malfunction indicator light.

The issue, however, does not involve the eAssist battery. The engine may stall if the warnings are ignored. The issue may result to a burning or melting odor. GM said in a statement that it knows of the generator control board incidents, most of which have occurred within first 1,000 miles of operation.

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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.

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As we announced, Buick introduced today the 2014 LaCrosse, an evolution of its luxury sedan that promises to offer a new design but also technological innovation. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse features new front and rear styling, with signature wing-shaped LED daytime running lamps and LED wraparound tail lamps. In side, the vehicle offers new seats, enhanced materials, a redesigned central instrument panel and console and a new Ultra Luxury Interior Package.

Moreover, the interior features company’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system, with intuitive controls and natural voice recognition.

In terms of safety, the LaCrosse offers new radar- and camera-based features, which include Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation. GM’s patented Safety Alert Seat works with these features, providing seat vibration pulses indicating the direction of a potential crash threat. Adaptive Cruise Control is also offered.

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Buick’s upgraded sedan – the 2013 Regal with eAssist – has a starting price of $29,990, including destination, which is $2050 higher than the 2012 model. Buick announced earlier this year that for the 2013 model year, the Regal will use the eAssist mild-hybrid system as standard equipment. The price increase is mainly due to the addition of eAssist, which was formerly a standalone option that costs $2000.

The base 2.4-liter I-4 has been phased out. Instead, the 2013 Regal is now available with three powertrain options rather than three. Offered as standard equipment is an 182-hp 2.4-liter I-4 matched with a 15-kWh electric motor. Buyers could pay more to get a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 (with either 220 hp in the Regal Turbo or 270 hp in the GS). All Regal models have a six-speed automatic as standard. In addition, Buick offers a six-speed manual on the Regal GS and Turbo Premium III as a no-cost option. Buick also made the non-GS turbocharged engine as basically a no-cost option.

Both the Regal Premium I and Regal Turbo Premium I trims have a starting price of $31,520. This represents a price hike of $2145 and $375 for naturally-aspirated and turbo models, respectively. The Premium I package offers passive keyless entry, rear parking assist, and remote start. Going further up, there’s the Premium II package, which comes with features like HID headlights, a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, and a Harmon/Kardon surround-sound audio system. The 2.4-liter or the 2.0T are priced from $32,930, a $2145 hike for the former and $375 for the latter. The Regal Turbo will get a top-spec Premium III trim that is priced at $34,100, which means that it’s $295 higher than its comparable 2012 model.

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Buick’s midsize luxury sport sedan’s sales last year had been so strong that it outperformed the Audi A4, Lexus IS250, and Acura TSX. However, it continues to evolve. The performance-oriented Regal GS is equipped with a new automatic transmission that’s already available in dealerships. In addition, the eAssist fuel efficiency technology would be considered standard after athe presentation of the 2013 model later in 2012.

The Regal has been named the “Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families” by U.S. News and World Report. Just last month, it was recognized as the “Best Car for the Money” in the same category. The “Upscale Midsize Car” category includes 19 different vehicles.

This means that a second transmission could now control the 270 horses of the Regal GS’ turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec, which was named in WardsAuto World’s 2012 “10 Best Engines” for North America. Rather than the existing six-speed manual, it now has a six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control as a no-cost option.

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It appears that the upcoming 2013 Lexus GS will make quite a buzz on the market and the Japanese manufacturer is confident that the new vehicle will outscore its market competitors. In fact, a Lexus executive said that the 2013 Lexus ES luxury sedan will make the Buick LaCrosse “laughable” as a luxury vehicle.

Although the executive didn’t want to give too many details, he said that the next-generation ES will be wider and longer than the current model but what is more interesting is the fact that the new ES will be the quietest car Lexus has ever made.

Moreover, the new Lexus ES will offer Hybrid Synergy Drive full-hybrid technology and it will be able to achieve a fuel economy of over 40 mpg on the highway.

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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.

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The LaCrosse GL concept vehicle that can be viewed at the L.A. Auto Show is inspired by Buick luxury. What the brand’s color and trim designers used was a palette of cabernet red, dark cocoa brown and caramel choccachino. When looking at this vehicle, you’re reminded of the ombré patina on vintage guitars, the burnished metal of antique jewelry, and flocked lining of keepsake boxes.

Its premium leather seats are French-stitched and illustrate the subtle elegance of classic club chairs and contours of windswept sand dunes. Smooth suede was used on the headliner.

Magdalena Kokoszynska, creative designer on LaCrosse GL, said that the brushed-and-tinted chrome trim provides the GL with a look that’s more subdued than if bright chrome was used. She added that its overall effect is in line with “Buick’s quietly confident aesthetic.” The doors and backlit Buick-emblazoned sill plates are very appealing.

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Buick’s design study on the LaCrosse GL concept vehicle will be unveiled at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show. Expect to see a palette of cabernet red, dark cocoa brown and caramel choccachino. Buick’s designers were inspired by the burnished metal of antique jewelry, ombré patina on vintage guitars and flocked lining of keepsake boxes.

GL’s French-stitched premium leather seats were inspired by the subtle elegance of classic club chairs and the outlines of windswept sand dunes. Its headliner uses smooth suede and it also features a set of machine-face, satin-finish 20-inch rims.

The cabernet red exterior paint of the LaCrosse GL goes well with the brushed and tinted chrome accents on the grille, door handles, deck lid, windows, taillights and headlights. The interior has backlit Buick-emblazoned sill plates. The seats are very luxurious and have flowing sculptural surfaces that feature a rich blend of warm-hued materials.

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As part of General Motors’ efforts to quickly reinforce the Buick brand, the Opel Insignia has been turned into a Regal. Soon, the Astra will be transformed to a 2012 Verano. GMInsideNews reported that GM is planning to give a makeover to its European division by offering the next Buick Enclave and LaCrosse that will carry Opel badges.

It’s possible too that the vehicles will get a Vauxhall badge. If cost is the consideration, this move makes sense since it provides GM with economies of scale due to increased production.

It also adds to the Opel lineup without incurring major engineering expenditures. It’s to be expected though that there will be suspension improvements and various powertrains. It’s likely that the Buick LaCrosse will get the Opel Omega badge, a name intended for the German carmaker’s largest sedan.

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GM revealed today, ahead of 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show in California, the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist, a new fuel-saving technology that promises to increase fuel economy by 25 percent when comparing it with the already fuel-efficient four-cylinder/six-speed powertrain in the 2011 LaCrosse. According to the auto manufacturer, the new eAssist technology will deliver an impressive class-leading highway fuel economy of 37 mpg.

Ok, so what is so special about this technology? Well, according to GM, the eAssist features the same basic belt-alternator-starter configuration of previous BAS designs, but delivers more than three times the power and is much more capable than the previous-generation BAS system.

The new 2012 Buick LaCrosse is powered by a 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine, but the eAssist system’s 115V air-cooled lithium-ion battery bolsters its power with approximately 11 kW (15 horsepower) of electric power during heavy acceleration and 15 kW of regenerative braking power.

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The 2010 Buick LaCrosse will be receiving a new powerplant addition from GM. The new engine is the 2.4L I-4, which is also shared with the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox, and comes with direct fuel injection which Buick hopes will appeal to buyers who are looking for luxurious features but at the same time come with outstanding fuel economy also.

The initial announcement made by GM had the 2010 Buick LaCrosse coming with only direct injection V6 powerplants, including a 3.0 and a 3.6-liter version.

Although these powerplants will still be available for the model range, they will only be in the higher trim levels, while the 2.4L I-4 will come with the CX model as standard.

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After being introduced last January at the Detroit Auto Show, the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse has captured the interest of the buying public. To add to the appeal of its striking design and total makeup, GM revealed that they will make this model available with a new Ecotec 2.4L direct-injection four-cylinder aside from the 3.0L and 3.6L V6.

GM's global vehicle line executive James Frederico mentioned to Ward's Auto that a Hybrid La Crosse will be coming out in the future but no exact date has been given yet.

"We are always working on future applications for our hybrids," he said. "The exact introduction plans (will) be announced later by Buick marketing."

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