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.
These provide soft-touch refinement and some surprising details. Its seats, doors and instrument panel surfaces have a contrasting dark cocoa brown and caramel choccachino leather finish.
Its seat cushions’ pillowed surfaces are reminiscent of windswept sand dunes while the ice-blue French stitching along their seams complement Buick’s signature ambient lighting. A rich choccachino suede headliner could be found overhead. The steering wheel uses a very enticing butter-soft material.
David Lyon, executive director of design, remarked that the new Buick LaCrosse GL concept is an expression of Buick’s human kind of luxury, which is not only warmly inviting, but is also elegant and refined. He added that the GL amplifies the design cues that mark the production LaCrosse like premium leather-upholstered seats, soft touch surfaces and ice blue ambient lighting.
According to Magdalena Kokoszynska, creative designer on LaCrosse GL, the car’s brushed-and-tinted chrome trim provides more subdued looks than bright chrome -- resulting to an overall appearance that is in line with Buick’s confident aesthetic. Inside, the instrument cluster and center stack controls are provided with metal accents in darker yet warmer hue.
This warm design is furthered by the wooden trim on the steering wheel and dash, thereby evoking the ombré patina fade seen on classic Gibson Les Paul guitars.
The interior likewise features leather-surged and accent-stitched floor mats as well as an array of storage compartments. Kokoszynska quipped that Buick crafted the interior of the LaCrosse GL, knowing that while its customers enjoy the finer things in life, they don’t show it off.