The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse was an unqualified success. It had a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA. The LaCrosse also introduced Buick’s reimagined design language. Notably, the LaCrosse eliminated the round grille and lethargic shoulders of previous versions. The interior was refined, too – from the seats down to the improved Buick IntelliLink software. And it didn’t escape recognition: the 2017 LaCrosse became the first Buick to win a win one of Ward’s Top 10 interiors. But, things are about to get even better with the introduction of the 2018 Buick LaCrosse.

Electric Performance

Surprisingly, eAssist light electrification has become the standard form of propulsion for 2018. The base model’s 2.5L, four-cylinder engine will now be bolstered by a small electric motor. The result is 194 horsepower and 187 lb.-ft. of torque. More importantly, the light hybrid setup (Buick has actually avoided calling it a hybrid) will bring some impressive fuel savings. Specifically, Buick estimates the hybrid powertrain will deliver a remarkable 7.8L/100km of combined fuel economy (city/highway).

Drivers can still choose to upgrade to the 3.6L V6 with 310 hp. Seemingly, it’s the perfect amount of power for a mature luxury sedan still harbouring the sporty predilections of youth. Buick has paired the engine with both Auto Stop/Start technology to improve fuel economy and a nine-speed automatic transmission for smooth power delivery. V6 power also allows you to upgrade to dual-clutch AWD.

Inside

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse’s interior is defined by new technology. Buick has made it even easier to handle music, applications, and navigation with the new frameless, 8-inch touch screen underpinned by Buick IntelliLink software. You also get a standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot for connectivity on the go, and an 8-speaker audio system. Audiophiles can even upgrade to a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system for a high-fidelity, concert experience. And, combined with standard QuietTuning, you get to shut out the sounds of the road and wind.

Safety

Building on the safety acknowledgments from the previous year, Buick has added some impressive safety hardware. A rear vision camera is standard, but that’s not nearly the most exciting feature. Buick offers advanced safety technology divided into two Driver Confidence packages:

Driver Confidence Package 1

  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Lane Change Alert

Driver Confidence Package 2

  • Automatic Park Assist
  • Front Pedestrian Detection
  • Front Automatic Braking
  • Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse will be available for purchase in fall 2017. Click here for up-to-date inventory information.

The 2018 Buick Regal GS: More than a Comfortable Daily Driver

The 2018 Buick Regal GS

Natural associations with the brand “Buick” are comfort, luxury, and… maturity. But consumer beliefs and tendencies aren’t always aligned with the truth. If they were, Chevrolet wouldn’t be discontinuing the exceptional SS and Train wouldn’t be played on the radio. In the past few years, Buick has been playing a delicate balancing act. It’s building cars and crossovers that maintain a strong a link to the brand’s heritage of comfort and affordable luxury. But, at the same time, Buick is starting to deliver style, ultra-modern technology, and even performance. Look at the 2018 Buick Regal GS, for example. 

The 2018 Buick Regal GS

The 2018 Buick Regal GS is perhaps Buick’s most exciting vehicle in years. It’s a thrilling high performance vehicle disguised as commute-friendly sedan. This is what Duncan Aldred, Buick Global’s vice president, had to say about it:

This is a sport sedan designed for everyday driving, but one that makes every drive special. The new Regal GS hits the sweet spot of the market: more refined and luxurious than the mainstream, more value for the price with style and premium features on par with higher-end competitors, and with standard features like AWD with active twin clutch and a rear sportback design that will surprise customers with its usefulness.

High Performance

Naturally, the Regal GS is loaded with performance upgrades that make it almost unrecognizable from the standard Regal. Let’s start with the powerplant. The 2018 Regal GS offers a remarkable 3.6L V6 engine that cranks out 310 horsepower. But it’s not just raw power. Buick has included technology that automatically drops down to four-cylinder function when performance demands are low – ie., at low, stable speeds. This drastically increases fuel economy and brings the sport sedan in line with traditional Buick practicality.

Standard all-wheel drive gives drivers of the Regal GS a feeling of tremendous confidence. Meanwhile, the Continuous Damping Control system monitors the road and makes 500 adjustments per second to ensure appropriate wheel grip. The drive mode has GS and Sport Modes to suit conditions and demands. Buick has also included brakes by Brembo, sport-tuned exhaust, and sport steering wheel and pedals.

Low Impact

Of course, Buick has also included tons of features dedicated to comfort and convenience. There’s an available head-up display to project customizable driving data on the base of the windshield. You also get standard 4G LTE WiFi and an 8-inch customizable touch screen interface. For comfort, you’ll find only premium materials, like you’d expect in any Buick. You can choose AGR-certified performance seats with massage, heating, and cooling. They’re certified by the Campaign for Healthier Backs, so you don’t have to worry about pushing the accelerator.

Other highlights include:

  • 3.6L, 310-HP V6
  • AGR Performance Seats
  • Nine-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Continuous Damping Control
  • Standard 19-Inch Wheels
  • Unique Fascias, Skirts, and Spoiler

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In hybrid
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In hybrid will be available for sale in the Spring of 2017

Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

Electric vehicles have already started taking over our roads. Well, they’re taking over the ones populated with charging stations, anyway. But the mainstream EVs and hybrids being produced now have, naturally, prioritized function over form. With lightweight construction being necessary for driving range, manufacturers haven’t been focusing on comfort and style. Hopefully that can change with the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In.

The CT6 Plug-In is a hybrid coming this spring. The CT6 will boast a remarkable 3.6Le/100km. It also reports a driving range of 643 kilometres. With those specs, drivers won’t need to fill up or plug in very often. Cadillac, however, has always made its name for power and style, not quiet economy. Will mainstream fans of Cadillac be disappointed?

In Short, No

In the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, a two-motor EVT system will be paired with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine. This will give the car an impressive 335 hp. Per Cadillac’s press release, the CT6 will “propel the vehicle from a zero to 96km/h (60 mph) in an estimated 5.2 seconds.” As for luxury, the Plug-In will have all the features from Cadillac’s Premium Luxury trim. Surely, combining efficiency, power, and style can’t be cheap.

What Does It Cost?

It’s important to remember, Cadillac is pursuing luxury and power while integrating the latest in EV tech. And that comes at a cost. Still, the MSRP of $85,995 will put the Plug-In CT6 beyond the reach of most consumers. But the same can be said for most hybrids and pure EVs today. The Tesla Model S starts at a staggering $90,400. Quite simply, the fuel savings drivers will reap won’t mitigate the purchase price for a long time. Still, electric vehicles are becoming less expensive every day.

For now, Cadillac fans might be better off driving the standard CT6. Its 2.0L Turbo engine features direct-injection, dual overhead cams, and variable-valve timing to deliver thrilling performance. You’d have trouble finding a more enjoyable way to wait for EVs to become more affordable. And, with autonomous technology threatening to get rid of drivers completely, you should enjoy a little power while you still can.

Buick Lacrosse: The Best New Large Premium Car

 

2017 Buick Lacrosse
2017 Buick Lacrosse – Luxury 4 door sedan with AWD, 5-passenger sitting & a 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode.

The Best Large Premium Car

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada has named the Buick LaCrosse “Best New Large Premium Car.” The winner was determined by the average score of 70 top automotive journalists in Canada. They convene in Clarington annually for a four-day test driving event. To those who’ve driven the LaCrosse, the win shouldn’t be a great surprise.

Buick’s Canadian brand director, Mike Speranzini, responded by saying, “Thanks AJAC, we’ve got our happy socks on.” The playful response maybe undercuts the real excitement Buick is feeling for the recognition. That’s because the company is in the midst of overhauling its lineup. The objective is to engage a generation of drivers who see Buick as catering to a more “mature” audience… Old people. If they continue to make vehicle’s like the 2017 LaCrosse, that won’t be a problem for long. There are many reasons the LaCrosse received its award. But, for Speranzini, the LaCrosse’s recognition comes down to “premium styling, quietness and connectivity.”

Designing Luxury

2015 Buick Avenir Concept
The 2015 Buick Avenir Concept

It’s hard to argue with the first point. After all, the LaCrosse was influenced by Buick’s stunning Avenir concept car. You can see the family resemblance in the LaCrosse’s darkened waterfall grill, metallic side accents, and hood contours.

As for quietness, the LaCrosse once again stands out. QuietTuningTM and ultra-dissipative acoustic materials dampen the engine and the roar of the road. Active Noise Cancellation monitors the sound of the engine and emits negative ways to cancel it out.

It’s Fun to Drive, Too

A standard 3.6L V6 Engine with variable valve timing and direct injection gives the LaCrosse more than enough power underfoot. At the same time, the Stabilitrak® control system smooths the rough edges of the road. When engaged, the playfully stiff “Sport Mode” increases responsiveness and the feel of the throttle.

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