Blog: Buick's next LaCrosse breaks cover in China
Graeme Roberts | 25 September 2015
Claimed 'first spy shots' of the redesigned 2016 Buick LaCrosse have been obtained by a Chinese autos website. This is the Chinese variant which will be made by the Shanghai-GM joint venture and is included in just-auto's Product Lifecycle Database (PLDB). It will be an important new car line for GM's Buick brand in China, its largest market.
As we note, GM has confirmed this new LaCrosse launches in November at the LA show and Car News China reports it will make its Chinese debut in December at the Guangzhou show. As we also note, the 2016 edition Lacrosse will be based on GM's new E2XX platform. Today's Chinese report says the the current 2.4-litre I4 petrol engine will be deleted, the two-litre turbo will continue and a new 3.6-litre V6 will be added to the range. The sole transmission option will be a nine-speed automatic.
Prices will rise to the CNY250,000-CNY325,000 range (US$39,100-$50,800) and first deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016.
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