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Discussion Starter #21 (Edited)
Re: Buick LaCrosse with TorqueVectoring AWD

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is one of the best sedans you can buy
for under $50,000


Matthew DeBord - today

The new LaCrosse is a mechanical evolution, but it isn't complicated. It's a nice, big four-door with a generous trunk, and reasonably pliable suspension, front-wheel-drive (all-wheel-drive is available), and a 3.6-liter V6 making a respectable 305 horsepower, absent any turbocharging or supercharging. Fuel-economy is 25 mpg combined city/highway, which is pretty good for a car this size...

Just enough luxury
The near-luxury "content" that your fifty thousand bones buy you isn't on the same stratum of plushess that a lot of BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus owners will be accustomed to. But the LaCrosse interior compares favorably with, say, a Tesla Model S. The luxury is low-key, un-blingy. But most of the boxes are checked off.

There are eight-way power seats, heated and cooled, and with a massage function for the driver and a lumbar support (which saved my bad back when I put the support on 11 and cranked up the seat heaters)...

...Driving a Buick sedan is nothing like driving a BMW, Audi, or Mercedes four-door, or even an Acura or Infiniti saloon, but that's the way it should be. For over a decade, Buick has been steadily tightening up the suspension with••• making its cars too taut, so in sportier driving modes you can get a dose of peppier performance. Our test car features paddle-shifters to allow to semi-manual piloting, but in practice, I didn't use them much. There's no slosh in the LaCrosse, and the big sedan can handle corners capably, even though you aren't going to want to push your luck in any way...

...I'm not sure Buick can produce a better sedan than this, for around $50,000 with plenty of options. With the brand now more than saved — an "Avenir" sub-brand to serve up more luxurious trim levels is the next step — it's been perfected, in its latest incarnation.

And the market was ready for a very good Buick. Not everyone wants a stiff, high-strung German luxury car. Buyers both young (but not too young) and old appreciate the Great American Car aspect of a vehicle like LaCrosse. It's a deeply satisfying set of wheels.

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•••I really think he meant to type- "withOUT" :yikes:
UPDATE - maybe Not?
on GMi said:
...Funny for a Buick, the sport mode is rock hard. Rattle your dentures in a Buick.

Mercury C557
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Discussion Starter #23 (Edited)
2018 Buick LaCrosse Gains New eAssist System, Starts From (LOWER) $30,490
| By Sergiu Tudose | June 5, 2017

By having an electric motor working alongside a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, Buick has managed to boost city fuel economy by 19 percent in the 2018 LaCrosse, which is set to go on sale this fall.

This new and more sophisticated eAssist light hybrid system is packed full of features such as torque-assisted launch, energy-saving regenerative braking and a stop/start function.

"By adding the eAssist system to the LaCrosse, our technology flagship, we are making electrification accessible to our customers as we chart our course to the future of mobility," said Buick exec, Duncan Aldred.

What makes this eAssist system more sophisticated than previous iterations is efficiency, on multiple levels. For starters, the system boasts a 9% increase in torque, whereas the overall footprint has been reduced, helping the LaCrosse maintain its fold-down rear seat and generous trunk space. Buick also installed upper and lower active aero shutters in the front fascia, which close under certain driving conditions, helping to maximize aerodynamics and improve fuel economy.

The 3.6-liter V6 unit launched on the 2017 LaCrosse last September will continue to be available as an option on select trims, however the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder powertrain with eAssist is to become the new standard - helping Buick drop the model's starting price to $30,490.

Other updates for the 2018 Buick LaCrosse include the expanded availability of AWD and an all-new nine-speed automatic gearbox for V6 models. Also, due to customer demand, the AWD system is now available on Essence trim models as well.

Future customers will also be able to choose between three new exterior color options: Satin Steel Metallic, Dark Slate Metallic and Red Quartz Tintcoat - as seen in the image (above). - 2017-06-05
Light Electrification Leads 2018 Buick LaCrosse Updates
Buick’s technology flagship just got more sophisticated


Mercury C557
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Discussion Starter #24
just arriving @ dealers?
GM-US seems as suit-bound (ie stoopid) as any other:
gkr778 @ gmi said:
also gkr778 @ gmi said:
...the fuel economy figures ... posted should make customers wonder why gm bothered with the eAssist Lacrosse. An '18 Chevy Malibu lt 1.5t gets 30 mpg combined, '18 Camry XLE 2.5l gets 32 mpg. Full hybrid versions of both Malibu and Camry exceed 45 mpg combined.

Buick should bring the chinese Lacrosse 30h hybrid to the U.S. As mentioned earlier in the thread, it uses the voltec based powertrain that's also found on Malibu hybrid. That powertrain is known for being among the best gasoline-electric hybrid systems in the market today.
2018 Lacrosse eAssist models are starting to arrive at U.S Buick dealerships. Compared to the Lacrosse 3.6l, the eAssist cars have a different 18" wheel design and lack the dual exhaust tips integrated into the rear bumper.

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