GM will soon start selling the 2008 Buick Lucerne Super “entry-premium” sedan. First revealed to potential customers around ten months ago at the 2007 New York Auto Show, the new version of Buick’s flagship model features more power and luxury, but still looks, well, controversially to put it mildly.
According to the company, the vehicle will officially go on sale sometime in April 2008 and will start at an price of $39,395 including a $765 destination charge.
Although the vehicle is from the very beginning positioned as an “almost premium” sedan, the list of its competitors includes such affordable cars as the 2006 Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan, 2007 Hyundai Azera / Grandeur entry-luxury sedan, 2008 Toyota Avalon as well as the current VW Passat and the recently introduced 2008 Skoda Superb.
To make its hefty price tag more justified, the Lucern Super comes sporting a whole lotta set of standard equipment, which is usually available only as pricey option.
The vehicle will come equipped with a 4.6-liter Northstar V8 engine, mated to a four-speed gearbox and capable of delivering 292 hp @ 6300 rpm and 288 lb.-ft. of torque, peaking at 4500 rpm.
The rest of the standard equipment list includes Magnetic Ride Control technology; heated and cooled front seats; QuietTuning; remote start; Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist; rain-sensing windshield wiper system; OnStar; XM Satellite Radio; and six air bags, including an industry-first dual-depth front passenger air bag.
Inside the 2008 Buick Lucerne Super you will also find an eclectic mix of cheap plastic and a leather-wrapped instrument panel with French-seam stitching; suede trim on the doors and seats and heated steering wheel with a plastic-looking “real walnut wood” decor. The six-disc, in-dash CD changer with MP3 capability (What?! No DVD?!) is connected to a 280-watt Harman Kardon audio system.
The car may be ordered with 18-inch chrome wheels, power sunroof, touch screen DVD-based map navigation, and an Ultra Confidence package with Side Blind Zone and Lane Departure Warning safety-enhancing technologies.
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