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.
The powerplant will be married to the same 6-speed transmission utilized on V6 models, giving it a fuel economy rating of 20mpg in the city and 30mpg on the highway. Although these don't look much, it is still an improvement over the FWD 2010 Lincoln MKZ that rated 18mpg and 27mpg for city and highway, respectively.
No pricing details for the LaCrosse have been released at this point, although it is anticipated that the four-cylinder version will lead the pricing. Both the four and six cylinder 2010 LaCross models are scheduled to hit Buick dealerships this fall.
Although the bigger Acura TL is a rival, with the arrival of the 2.4L LaCrosse CX, however, Buick is put at a position to directly compete with the smaller Acura TSX.
The new Buick LaCrosse boasts of a modern cabin marked by digital connectivity and personal technology, as laden with features like in-dash navigation, an auxiliary audio input, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. Rear seat passengers, meanwhile, benefit from a power rear-window sunshade as well as an available DVD entertainment system featuring two display screens on the seatbacks.
Thanks to the intelligent technologies in the new Buick LaCrosse, the driver is given a 360-degree field of vision. These intelligent technologies include the available head-up display that projects relevant vehicle information on the windshield. With this feature, the driver doesn’t have to take his or her eyes off the road just to take a look at the speed of the LaCrosse. The LaCrosse could also be specified with available adaptive lighting package that can direct the high-intensity discharge headlight beams up to 15 degrees.
In addition, the new Buick LaCrosse comes available with Side Blind Zone alert that could deliver a warning if a vehicle in adjacent lanes moves into the driver's blind spot. A rear view camera is also available, featuring a display integrated into the navigation system screen.
The new Buick LaCrosse is already laden with a suite of standard safety features designed to make the vehicle capable enough to earn a 20-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These safety features include front-, side- and roof-mounted head-curtain air bags as well as StabiliTrak stability- and traction-control system. OnStar comes included with the new LaCrosse in the first year of ownership.