Will Buick Give Us a Choice of Engines for the 2018 LaCrosse?

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The Buick LaCrosse for 2018 was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this year, and Buick say that it has an “inspiring new design”, which has been influenced by the Buick Avenir concept, which as we know now, will be remaining as a concept – it’s not going in to production.

Despite Buick claiming that it’s an all-new design, in reality it’s little more than a makeover or refresh, or at least you can certainly see the current LaCrosse design running through the theme. We suspect that this new design-work will be the theme for all future Buick’s.

The 2018 LaCrosse from Buick will be available in Fall

Contents

1. The LaCrosse 2018 will be available in Fall
2. Engine options
3. Packed with Safety
4. Updated

Pricing and availability are still somewhat unknown; Buick haven’t given us a confirmed date of when to expect to see it in the showrooms, other than ‘Late Fall of 2017’. A lot of manufacturers pick September for launch, so in all honesty, that would be our best guess, although if we hear anything official, we’ll update the article.

As regards the pricing structure, the current model starts in the region of $32,000 and rises up to around $42,000 for the loaded flagship, we would assume that given the market and the competition, Buick won’t be ramping prices up because they’ll just price themselves out of the market, and that’s not what they want to do.

Expect for them to maybe add a couple of hundred dollars on to those prices at the very most.

Same engine for 2018? Buick LaCrosse options

Under the hood, you’ll find the current 3.6 liter V6 engine, it’s also the same engine as fitted in the Enclave, which Buick have come in for some criticism for – it’s pretty thirsty and not that refined, although Buick have given it a few tweaks to try and increase the horsepower and improve the gas mileage – that’s the magic ingredient to any motor – more horsepower and less fuel.

As it stands right now, the V6 makes around 310 horsepower.

We’ve heard rumors that there could also be a 2.5 liter inline four-cylinder which will make exactly the same level of horsepower. In our opinion, either these rumors are false, or the figures are – why would Buick introduce a motor that delivers the same amount of horsepower? Even if you looked at the argument of better gas mileage, then why would they stick with the V6? Something doesn’t add up.

Again, the rumors say that this other 2.5 liter four-cylinder will be mated to a manual 6-speed transmission, whereas the 3.6 liter V6 will be coupled up to a 9-speed automatic transmission. This makes no sense whatsoever; not only is a manual transmission the wrong choice for this type of car, but it isn’t as good on fuel either – we’re guessing that someone has been well and truly misinformed.

Front-wheel drive is standard, and there is of course, an all-wheel drive option, but we don’t know where that all-wheel drive option sits in the line-up; it could just be for the top-of-the-range trim level.

Packed with Safety

Buick are fitting the 2018 LaCrosse with a whole range of safety equipment and technology, but rather oddly, we don’t yet know if Android Auto will be on the list; the reason why it’s strange is that we do know that Apple CarPlay has made it – you’d usually expect to see both or none at all.

As for the rest of it, we are going to get pedestrian detection with low-speed automatic braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alerts, front pre-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, rear-view camera, surround view system, adaptive cruise-control, climate-control, touchscreen infotainment system and possibly the reconfigurable driver instrument cluster that’s fitted to the 2018 Enclave.

As for the technology, as we’ve mentioned, we know that Apple CarPlay is on the list, but we’ll also get 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, USB ports, satellite radio, navigation, automatic headlights and wipers, park assist and front & rear sensors.

This is the top line for Buick, so even as standard, it should get a good deal of equipment fitted.

Updated

We can see that the front grille has changed significantly, the LED lights are the same as fitted across the other models like the Enclave – the ‘winged’ headlights, we can also see that some of the smaller details have changed. Yes, it’s been updated from the predecessor, but not significantly – it isn’t the next-generation in the line-up for example.

The interior is exactly as you’d expect from a luxury sedan, high grade leather upholstery, wooden accents and trims, supportive heated seats – overall, the cabin is a nice place to be, helped by Buick’s QuietTune noise cancelling system – helping to keep road noise to a minimum; it works in a similar fashion to noise cancelling headphones, except on a much larger scale!

What do you think to the new 2018 Buick LaCrosse? Have Buick updated the styling enough? Or should they have gone further to try and retain the market share? More importantly, is the LaCrosse something you’d buy? Please let us know in the comments – your opinion is important to us.

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  • Safety4.6
  • Performance4.5
  • Design4.4
  • Features4.6
  • Fuel economy4.6
Summary

The new Buick LaCrosse should get a good deal of equipment fitted and refreshed design, but we aren’t expecting many changes for the 2018 Model Year.

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