Photo of 2017 Buick LaCrosse by Paul Clinton.

Photo of 2017 Buick LaCrosse by Paul Clinton.

Buick has updated its LaCrosse sedan for the 2017 model year, making it longer, lower, and wider than the current model, Buick announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new model, which will be available in the summer of 2016, is built on a stronger structure, is about 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Buick says it will be more efficient and include more responsive handling.

The LaCrosse’s lower weight is partly due to lower mass sound-absorbing materials, including a lightweight dissipative dash mat in place of heavier noise-blocking pads, according to Buick’s press release.

It contains a 6.0L V-6 engine paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and standard stop/start technology improves efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

The new model's sportier exterior design cues stem from the Avenir concept car shown at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Buick expects to sell about 80% of its LaCrosse cars in China.

Other new features include:

  • New five-link rear suspension and available HiPer Strut front suspension
  • Available electronically controlled Continuous Damping Control active suspension with selectable Touring and Sport modes
  • Driver-selectable Electronic Precision Shift
  • An available advanced, all-new dual-clutch all-wheel drive system
  • Efficiency-enhancing low-drag disc brakes with Duralife rotors
  • Electric power steering system with Lead/Pull Compensation
  • Easier rear-seat entry/egress
  • More usable storage space
  • Technologies including available wireless charging, available Teen Driver and configurable, LED driver information center with 8-inch-diagonal color display
  • Perforated leather-appointed front seats with new lumbar massaging feature
  • IntelliLink with frameless 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot integration

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet