2016 Buick LaCrosse Redesign, Specs, Engine and Review

Recent reports showed spy shots of the 2016 Buick LaCrosse, these pictures are taken while this large sedan were undergoing some test. Covered under heavy camouflage, the test mule displayed some hints of its future design styling. The new LaCrosse will be built on new platform, GM’s new “E2XX” global architecture, which is widely used on various mid-size and full-size vehicles including next Chevrolet Impala as well as the Buick Regal.

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Seeking to keep that momentum going, the next several years will see the brand address a trio of its most obvious issues. First and foremost will be a replacement for the aging LaCrosse, a vehicle whose only bit of attention since its 2009 debut was a very light refresh in 2013.

According to Automotive News, we should expect the next-generation LaCrosse to arrive late next year or early in 2016, as a 2016 model. AN expects big design changes, as Buick attempts to further the LaCrosse from its popular platform-mate, the Chevrolet Impala. The changes won’t be so radical, though, as to do away with its front-drive architecture, as the latest version of the Epsilon platform will underpin the next LaCrosse.

Expected as a 2016 model, the redesigned Buick LaCrosse is set to transition from the current Epsilon 2 platform to GM’s new “E2XX” global architecture that will be used on various midsize and full-size vehicles, including the next Chevrolet Impala as well as the Buick Regal. Buick intends to further distance the new LaCrosse from its full-size Chevy cousin — and give this flagship 4-door even more premium touches that will also bump its status relative to the next-gen Regal due as a 2018. How that will translate into the final product remains to be seen

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Exterior

Although heavily camouflaged, what’s believed to be the next-gen Buick LaCrosse was recently spotted undergoing testing at a GM facility in Michigan. Despite the cladding, it’s clear this sleek 4-door has a decided coupe-like character, which is tastefully complemented by its sweeping roof treatment with panoramic panels, fully-rounded wheel arches, sculpted side panels and a rising beltline that resolves into a signature Buick-style “shoulder” at the rear. Based on the overhead shot with a Chevy Silverado Crew Cab, it also appears that Buick’s upcoming flagship 4-door will be larger than the current LaCrosse. It’s short dash to axle ratio (the distance between the leading edge of the door and the front wheels, suggest that the car will remain front-drive.

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Powertrain

The 3.6-liter V6 is likely to carry on, although a smaller, budget-minded offering is also extremely likely (we’ll eat our hat if it’s not the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder from the Regal, Verano and Cadillac CTS et al.).

Release Date

For now, Buick hasn’t stated when will the 2016 Buick LaCrosse be revealed, but we have strong feeling that the large sedan will be unveiled sometime in 2015 as 2016 model year. Production will be at GM’s Detroit Hamtramck assembly facility. Pricing details remain unknown at this time. More information should be available as the development progresses.

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