GM gives the full-sizer a refreshing nip and tuck, shown off in brilliant brown.
The General has decided to give the second generation LaCrosse a nice mid-cycle refresh.
The new-for-2014 model gets revised sheet metal, LED lighting and interior appointments, including new seats and an available Ultra Luxury Interior package. It also benefits from newly added safety features such as Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation.
Continuing on from 2013 are two powerplants – 2.4L inline-4 with eAssist (182 hp, 172 lb-ft.) and 3.6L direct-injected V6 (304 hp, 267 lb-ft.) – each transferring power to the front or all-wheels through a six-speec automatic.
No Canadian pricing is available but expect it to stay within arm’s reach of the current MSRP.
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Press release and images below.
Buick Introduces the New 2014 LaCrosse
- Elegant sedan featuring refreshed exterior with wing-shape LED lighting
- New interior design with new seats and available Ultra Luxury Interior Package
- New advanced technologies: next-gen IntelliLink, standard eight-inch color display instrument panel, camera- and radar-based safety features that work with General Motors-patented Safety Alert Seat
NEW YORK – Buick today introduced the new 2014 LaCrosse, the evolution of the landmark luxury sedan that established the brand’s modern sedan lineup with design leadership and technological innovation.
The full-size LaCrosse offers new interior and exterior design cues, advanced safety technologies and enhanced in-vehicle connectivity. New front and rear styling, featuring signature wing-shape LED daytime running lamps and LED wraparound tail lamps, complements its sculpted exterior design. The interior is more contemporary, with new seats, enhanced materials, redesigned central instrument panel and console – and an all-new, available Ultra Luxury Interior Package. The cabin also incorporates Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system, with intuitive controls and natural voice recognition.
New radar- and camera-based safety features help surround the new LaCrosse with protection. They include Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation. GM’s patented Safety Alert Seat works with these features, providing seat vibration pulses indicating the direction of a potential crash threat.
Adaptive Cruise Control is also offered. It senses traffic in front of the LaCrosse to adjust vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerating again.
“We evolved the interior and exterior design, increased luxury amenities and materials, and enhanced the safety and personal technologies to give customers more reasons than ever to rediscover Buick,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing.
Globally, LaCrosse sales have exceeded 500,000 since its 2009 introduction and U.S. sales topped 57,000 in 2012, making it more popular than many other full-size luxury sedans, including Lexus ES, Acura TL and Lincoln MKS.
The 2014 LaCrosse is offered in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models and offers two powertrains: a 2.4L engine with eAssist light electrification technology or a 3.6L direct-injected V-6. Each is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
All models feature Buick’s QuietTuning engineering process that reduces, blocks and absorbs unwanted noise from the LaCrosse’s cabin, making it one of the quietest in the segment.
The new LaCrosse makes its public debut at the New York International Auto Show, where it will be on display March 29-April 7. It goes on sale this summer.
Ultra Luxury Interior Package
Sangria seating color and Ebony accents, with semi-aniline leather seats and trim, along with Shadow Tamo Ash wood décor, represents LaCrosse’s new Ultra Luxury Interior Package.
“The warm color combinations, premium interior materials and advanced technology in the 2014 LaCrosse provide the interior environment our discerning luxury customers are seeking,” said Ven Lai, Buick creative designer for color and trim.
The new Ultra Luxury Interior Package features premium semi-aniline leather. It covers the seats, console armrest and door armrests and is complemented by synthetic suede on the headliner and door pillars. The Sangria contrast color with the Ultra Luxury interior is exclusive to LaCrosse.
2014 BUICK LACROSSE PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS
|Model:||2014 LaCrosse FWD/AWD|
|Body style / driveline:||front-drive/all-wheel-drive, front-engine, four-door, five- passenger sedan|
|EPA vehicle class:||midsize sedan|
|Manufacturing location:||Fairfax (Kan.) Assembly|
|Key competitors:||Acura TL, Lexus ES350, Lincoln MKZ|
|Type:||2.4L DOHC I-4||3.6L V-6 VVT DI|
|Displacement (cu in / cc):||145 / 2384||217 / 3564|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm):||3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 98||3.7 x 3.37 / 94 x 85.6|
|Block material:||precision sand-cast aluminum||cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material:||cast aluminum||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||DOHC with four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing||DOHC with four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing|
|Ignition system:||individual coil-on-plug||individual coil-on-plug; individual cylinder knock control|
|Fuel delivery:||direct injection and electronic throttle control||direct injection|
|Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):||182 / 136 @ 6700 rpm SAE certified||304 / 227 @ 6800 SAE certified|
|Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):||172 / 233 @ 4900 rpm SAE certified||264 / 358 @ 5300 SAE certified|
|Recommended fuel:||regular unleaded||regular unleaded or E85 (E85 capability not available in Northeast states with PZEV emissions)|
|Emissions controls:||close-coupled, catalytic converter; continuously variable valve timing; positive crankcase ventilation evaporative system; supplemental air injection system, partial zero emissions vehicle capable (eAssist)||dual close-coupled catalysts and single underfloor catalyst; variable valve timing, evaporative system|
|Fuel economy (city / hwy):||TBD||TBD|
|Type:||Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic||Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic|
|Application:||2.4L four-cylinder||3.6L V-6|
|Gear ratios: (:1):|
|Final drive ratio:||2.64||2.77|
Electric Drive System (for eAssist)
|Type:||belt-driven, liquid-cooled motor/generator unit and lithium-ion battery system; air-cooled power electronics and battery pack|
|Maximum electric generating power:||15 kW @ 1570-3180 rpm|
|Maximum electric motor torque (cranking):||110 lb.-ft. / 150 Nm|
|Maximum electric motor torque (electric assist):||79 lb.-ft. / 107 Nm @ 1,000 rpm|
|Maximum electric motor power (electric assist):||15 hp / 11.2 kW @ 1,000-2,200 rpm|
|Lithium-ion battery:||115V, 0.5-kWh, 15 kW peak power|
Chassis / Suspension
|Suspension (front):||MacPherson strut coil-over-spring; twin-tube dampers with gas-charged valving; hollow direct-acting stabilizer bar (eAssist and 3.6L FWD/AWD without Touring Package);
HiPer Strut coil-over-spring; twin-tube dampers with gas-charged valving; hollow direct-acting stabilizer bar; real-time damping and Sport Mode Selectivity (3.6L FWD with Touring Package)
|Suspension (rear):||four-link (eAssist and 3.6L FWD without Touring Package); H-arm (3.6L AWD); H-arm with real-time damping and Sport Mode Selectivity (3.6L FWD with Touring Package)|
|Steering type:||electric variable-effort power steering (eAssist and FWD V-6); power variable-effort: (AWD models)|
|Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:||2.75|
|Turning circle (ft / m):||36.8 / 11.2 (eAssist); 38.8 / 11.75|
|Type:||split, dual-circuit four-wheel-disc with power assist|
|Rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm):||V-6: front: 12.6 x 1.2 / 321 x 30 (vented)
rear: 12.4 x 0.9 / 315 x 23 (vented)
eAssist: front: 11.7 x 1.2 / 296 x 30 (vented)
Wheels / Tires
|Wheel size and type:
|17-in machined alloy (std w/ eAssist)
18-in machine-faced alloy, painted (std on 1SB, 1SL, 1SP FWD V-6)
19-in painted, machined alloy (std on 1SL, 1SP AWD V-6)
19-in chrome alloy (std on 1SP FWD V-6, and opt on 1SL FWD V-6)
20-in alloy (std on 1SR)
|Tires:||P235/50R17 low rolling-resistance all-season (std w/ eAssist)
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||111.7 / 2837|
|Overall length (in / mm):||197 / 5001|
|Overall width (in / mm):||73.1 / 1857|
|Overall height (in / mm):||59.2 / 1504|
|Track (in / mm):||front: 61.7 / 1567
rear: 62 / 1575
|Curb weight (lb / kg):||3765 / 1708 (eAssist – estimated)
3906 / 1772 (3.6L V-6 – estimated)
|Seating capacity:||2 / 3|
|Headroom (in / mm):||front: 38 / 965
rear: 37.3 / 947
|Legroom (in / mm):||front: 41.7 / 1059
rear: 40.5 / 1029
|Shoulder room (in / mm):||front: 57.4 / 1459
rear: 56 / 1423
|Hip room (in / mm):||front: 55.2 / 1402
rear: 53.9 / 1369
|EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):||99 / 2805|
|Passenger volume (cu ft / L):||101.7 / 2878|
|Cargo volume (cu ft / L):||10.8 / 306 (2.4L eAssist)
13.3 / 376 (3.6L V-6)
|Trailer towing maximum (lb / kg):||1000 / 454 (3.6L V-6)|
|Fuel capacity (gal / L):||15.7 / 59.4 (eAssist)
18 / 70 (3.6L V-6)
|Engine oil (qt / L):||5 / 4.7 (2.4L)
5.5 / 5.2 (3.6L)
|Cooling system ( qt / L):||9.6 /12 (2.4L)
7.6 / 7.2 (3.6L)