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2016 Buick LaCrosse Spy Photos: Larger and In Charger

2016 Buick LaCrosse Spy Photos: Larger and In Charger



What It Is: A mildly camouflaged 2016 Buick LaCrosse caught testing near our Ann Arbor offices. We managed to squeeze off a few shots of one car, which was running among a pack of six identically cloaked vehicles. Although the psychedelic camouflage now favored by most makers is present on its flanks, heavy shrouding was placed over the front and rear fascias. Thanks to the minimal effort taken to hide the greenhouse and body sides, we can tell the LaCrosse has a gently sloping backlight, a crease along its lower body, and a trademark character line that runs from the rear door to the haunches. Itís hard to make out in the photos, but a Buick grille was clearly visible behind the front mask when viewed from straight ahead. A Toyota Avalon was tagging along with the entourage for benchmarking purposes.

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Re: 2016 Buick LaCrosse Spy Photos: Larger and In Charger

Buick makes a Hyundai Azera - big whoop. Absolutely underwhelming effort. When a design is overpowered by the wheels, you know you have problems.
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Re: 2016 Buick LaCrosse Spy Photos: Larger and In Charger

not that I have supporting links or brochures handy but
afaik
the nextgen LaCrosse (stoopid name) will be am updated & reskinned XTS
as Cadillac brings out its (doomed?) CT6

it will be very interesting to see if GM (as I believe they COULD...easily) keeps to Buick pricepoints
while leaving in everything Cadillac is charging an arm & a leg for...

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not that I have supporting links or brochures handy but
afaik
the nextgen LaCrosse (stoopid name) will be am updated & reskinned XTS
as Cadillac brings out its (doomed?) CT6

it will be very interesting to see if GM (as I believe they COULD...easily) keeps to Buick pricepoints
while leaving in everything Cadillac is charging an arm & a leg for...

What you say....Cadillac jacks up their pricing and their customers roll over to their other cheaper 'luxury brand Buick?

2014 Sales: Buick up 14.4%, Cadillac down -6.5%.

But as long as Cadillac and Buick share most platforms and components, it's still a sale for the platform. What's unfortunate for both Lincoln and Cadillac is that their 'history' is tied to big, inefficient oversized cars and old people.

Now, looking at Ford is doing with Ford Performance, if Lincoln 'Performance' can crank out a drop dead gorgeous halo supercar to give the brand some balls(performance credibility), that makes it's way into future Lincoln models initially designed for the under 40 crowd, Lincoln could get more butts in seats in the showroom.

Then stick that new Performance AWD system under a New MKZ Sedan/Coupe and Convertible.

The way I see it is that the New MKS will steal a chunk of the current MKZ consumers(which already overlaps in price after options with the current MKS) may have wished then MKZ was smaller or bigger, and that the current MKS was better....so they settled on what Lincoln had to offer. Leaving the MKZ in a perfect position to be reborn as a true performance sedan/coupe/convertible.

And in Europe the 3-Series/c-Class are stealing sales from the larger Mondeo. Ford is hoping the New Mondeo slows the trend, but if not, a sedan above Focus and below Mondeo sharing a new MKZ platform would be the best option.
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I hate to compare Lincoln to Buick because I feel like Lincoln is still higher up the food chain than Buick is... but **** that interior looks nice so far. Lincoln needs to top that in every single way in base form... period no excuses.

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It's pretty easy to make things look luxury, it's another thing to make it feel luxury.

Personally I can't stand Buick design, I mean I can't find a car I dislike more than Buick (other than Chevy)...yet I buy a Lincoln. I think there is a massive difference between the two both in content, quality, and brand identity.

The new Lincoln MKX interior is fantastic, not European fantastic, but fantastic for the segment and the price (presuming the price isn't significantly higher). The thing that Ford and Lincoln do particularly well is the tidiness and harmony of the center stack and switchgear, it's extremely nice to sit behind and it's something I notice other manufacturers of all price points do very poorly.
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Whoa, that interior is nice! Yes, Lincoln should strive to be better than Buick, and the X's interior is quite nice. But this new Buick's interior is great especially considering it's supposed to be between a non luxury and luxury brand.
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I hate to compare Lincoln to Buick because I feel like Lincoln is still higher up the food chain than Buick is... but **** that interior looks nice so far. Lincoln needs to top that in every single way in base form... period no excuses.
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Whoa, that interior is nice! Yes, Lincoln should strive to be better than Buick, and the X's interior is quite nice. But this new Buick's interior is great especially considering it's supposed to be between a non luxury and luxury brand.
I do like that Buick interior and wish that Lincoln would use more wood in their vehicles. Lincoln uses some very nice wood and I love the textured finish but I think their interiors would be warmer and more inviting with more of it.
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Re: 2016 Buick LaCrosse Spy Photos: Larger and In Charger

^ speaking of wood &or pwood
and perusing Buick threads at other forums

? does Buick not having real wood fatally damage any Lux pretensions?
? if they had some faux-finish Oak or Pine in them, would that tip them into Lux consideration? ...+ throw in a rule that any trim that looks like metal, has to BE metal?

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