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By Ketan Patel


Buick LaCrosse 2014 Review

Buick has introduced the new 2014 Buick LaCrosse ahead of its public debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The landmark luxury sedan establishes the brand’s modern sedan lineup with design leadership and technological innovation.

On the exterior the new LaCrosse offers new front and rear styling, wing-shape LED daytime running lamps, LED wraparound tail lamps, a sculpted hood and more prominent waterfall grille.

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.

The 2014 LaCrosse is offered in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models and offers two powertrains: a 2.4L engine (rated at 182 horsepower and 172 pound feet of torque) with eAssist light electrification technology or a 3.6L direct-injected V-6 (which gets 304 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque). Each is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The new LaCrosse goes on sale this summer.

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  • 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

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.

About Buick
Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models, including the Enclave crossover,LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan, Buick Verano sedan and the all-new 2013 Encore crossover. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick or atwww.facebook.com/buick.

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Model:

2014 LaCrosse FWD/AWD

Body style / driveline:

front-drive/all-wheel-drive, front-engine, four-door, five- passenger sedan

Construction:

integral

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

Compression ratio:

11.2:1

11.5:1

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):

First:

4.58

4.48

Second:

2.96

2.87

Third:

1.91

1.84

Fourth

1.45

1.41

Fifth:

1.00

1.00

Sixth:

0.75

0.74

Reverse:

2.94

2.88

Final drive ratio:

2.64

2.77

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

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 ratio:

15.2:1

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)
rear: 11.5 x 0.47 / 292 x 12 (solid)

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)
P235/50R18 all-season
P245/45R19 all-season
P245/40R20 all-season

Exterior

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)

Interior

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)

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