The next-generation LaCrosse has already been spotted behind the scenes completely free of camouflage, and in August General Motors released a new teaser image which reveals the logo and a portion of the grill, but little else. Now new information comes just weeks ahead of the car's intended official debut in Los Angeles, which has now been pushed back to January's 2009 Detroit Auto Show
A pair of direct-injection engines lie at the heart of the newest information. A new 3.0L direct-injection V6 rated at 250hp (186kW) will be the base engine, while the 3.6L V6 engine found in the Chevrolet Traverse, generating 286hp (213kW) and 345Nm (255lb-ft), will be standard in the upscale models, reports GM Inside News
. The same engine is likely to propagate across the rest of the Epsilon II lineup as well, after its debut in the Buick.
Buick’s next-generation LaCrosse has also previously been spotted testing at GM proving grounds both in the U.S. and Germany and as expected the shape of the prototype closely resembles the design of the recent Invicta Concept. GM vice chairman Bob Lutz confirmed earlier this year that the two vehicles would be very similar and that the new LaCrosse will be shared on the same FWD Delta II platform as the Opel Insignia and next-gen Saab 9-5 as well as a new Chevrolet model.
Production of the 2010 LaCrosse was expected to start at GM’s Fairfax plant in Kansas in early 2009, with the first cars are to arrive in U.S. showrooms towards the end of the year but cost-cutting measures that translate into delays on new-model development
at GM have caused that timeline to be pushed back toward later in 2009. The new model will be a global car and will likely be built in China with GM’s local partner Shanghai Auto as well.
The Chinese model could get the new V6s, though reports of a new four-cylinder powerplant rated the same as the base V6 at 250hp (186kW) and 220lb-ft (298Nm) of torque could also be in the cards for that market. All models will come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.
2008 Buick Invicta Concept
2010 Buick LaCrosse Teaser
2010 Buick LaCrossse spy shots
2010 Buick LaCrosse spy shots