Today, the struggling American brand has allowed us to get a first glimpse at the future Buick LaCrosse. Being very important for the brand (especially taking into consideration GM’s recent push at the Chinese market where Buick was always as revered as Mercedes-Benz is in Europe), the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, which is very important for the brand, will be built on the completely new Epsilon II platform suitable to create both front and all-wheel drive cars.
Although GM plans to share the new platform among the 2009 Opel Insignia, 2010 Saab 9-5, 2011 Saturn Aura and 2012 Chevy Malibu, the new LaCrosse will be the first to showcase the new architecture. There are still very few technical details regarding the Epsilon II, but it is clear that it will allow the international conglomerate to make medium-sized car with more impressive fuel economy ratings and a lot more advanced drivetrain.
As you can see on this teaser photo, the 2010 Buick LaCrosse will use some styling cues from the successful 2008 Buick Enclave crossover SUV that allowed Buick to target thousands of customers that want a big SUV, but are fed up with gas-guzzling truck-based monstrosities. At least, it sports the same chrome-clad front grille with a huge tri-shield emblem, as well as the same “rib” on its hood.
If the car is anything close to the recently revealed in Beijing 2008 Buick Invicta concept car (pictured below), somewhere on the car’s hood there are also two sets of portholes. I hope the production model will also retain that classy four-door coupe-like roofline.
2008 Buick Invicta concept car photos:
See also: 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super sedan