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Archive for the ‘Buick’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Buick Prepares To Enter the Station Wagon Game Yet Again

TV killed the radio star, and now, SUVs are killing the car. Want proof? Buick, yes I said Buick, is going to drop the Regal sedan altogether and replace it with a sedan-styled, five-door that’s more like an SUV or wagon than the sedan that we’ve all known for so many years. It’s not surprising, considering the sale of midsize sedans have dropped for two years in a row, while crossovers have accounted for roughly two-thirds of Buicks sales in 2016 alone. We also saw this coming after Buick showed off the Cadillac Escala concept not that long ago.

So, what kind of design is Buick actually going with? Well, don’t hold your breath for anything special because GM is all about badge-engineering these days and the 2018 Regal is going to be no exception. Need a hint? How about the name Opel? Need another hint? How about Insignia? That’s right; the next-gen Regal is likely to be nearly identical to the Opel Insignia Grand Sport hatchback and the Insignia Sports Tourer wagon that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show just this month.

There has been no comment from Buick about this development, however, rumor has it that the new Regal will be built in Opel’s Ruesselsheim factory in Germany and imported into the U.S. On the plus side, if the Buick really is going the five-door route with the Regal, it will be the brand’s first official wagon since the Buick Century and Buick Roadmaster of the 1990s. And, on another note, it could be the last produced by Opel now that the brand (and Vauxhall, for that matter) are being sold to PSA Group.

Keep reading for the rest of the story


PostHeaderIcon In Case You Missed Them, Here Are All The Super Bowl Car Adverts

In the off chance you’ve been on a remote island for the last several weeks and are only now reestablishing a connection with civilization, I’ll start by saying Super Bowl LI took place over the weekend, and it was quite the event. I guess there were a few points scored and something about a comeback, but I was in it for the car advertisements. After all, these aren’t your normal adverts – companies pay upwards of $170,000 per second to get their product front and center for the big game, and that means we saw the major makes go full-bore with the commercial gloss. Tons of car-related adverts were aired, and we’ve got ‘em all right here.

Some were funny and goofy, others were dramatic and heartfelt, and some were just straight up weird. But hey, that’s how it goes when vying for the attention of consumers soaked in beer and guacamole.

Which advertisements caught your eye? Let us know in the comments!

Continue reading to see all the car adverts from Super Bowl LI.


PostHeaderIcon Buick Goes Star-Studded Route For Its Super Bowl LI Commercial

Say what you will about Buick’s place in the US luxury car market scene, but when it comes to spending for Super Bowl commercials, the General Motors-owned automaker has proven that it could spend with the best of them. The latest example of Buick’s free-wheeling Big Game spending comes in the form of its new commercial for Super Bowl LI.

The ad stars the Buick Cascada and Encore SUV, but it also taps Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in a co-starring role with super model Miranda Kerr appearing in a cameo role. The combination of star power may sound strange on the surface, but Newton and Kerr perfectly encapsulate the “celebrity-focused” advertising strategy Buck has employed in recent years. Remember Peyton Manning and Shaquille O’Neal’s Buick ads in the past?

The story behind this particular ad revolves around some parents who spot the two Buicks while watching their kids’ pee-wee football game. One dad then playfully says that if that car (the Cascada) was, in fact, a Buick, he’d be Cam Newton. Alas, in true Disney fashion, Newton magically appears under center, much to the shock of the children he’s now playing against.

Kerr’s appearance in the advertisement isn’t as prominent as Newton’s, but the “if that SUV (the Encore) is a Buick, then I’m Miranda Kerr” quip magically works again as the dad weirdly turns into one of the most beautiful super models in the world. Yes, it happened, so be warned.

All told, the family-friendly ad hits on a lot of levels. Kids and adults can both appreciate it, especially the latter of whom count themselves as either sports fans or, well, Miranda Kerr fans.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Buick Velite Concept

With the possible exception of the Riviera Concept from 2013, Buick has never been the type to go over-the-top with its concept cars. Knowing that, it comes as no surprise that Buick’s latest concept, the Velite Plug-In Hybrid, made its debut at the 2016 Auto Guangzhou show to minimal buzz and fanfare.

Not that it deserved the hype because the Velite Plug-In Hybrid Concept doesn’t even strike us as a buzz-worthy prototype, at least in the traditional sense of how these concepts are generally received by the auto industry. There are no ridiculous physical attributes, no obnoxious features. It doesn’t even have a headline-worthy engine.

What it does have is a crossover profile, which tells you what Buick’s plans for the concept are if a production model ends up being made. The concept was even co-developed by General Motors and SAIC, its Chinese state-owned auto partner and the fact that it made its debut at a Chinese auto show instead of the recently concluded show in Los Angeles tells you that Buick’s plans for model will be catered largely towards the Chinese market.

So, are there reasons to get excited about the Velite Concept? Depends on who you ask, really. For most people, it’s nothing that we haven’t seen before, although the fact that the model was developed with an unspecified plug-in hybrid “high-performance” powertrain is a bit of a tease.

Other than that, the Velite Concept is as it is. Even Buick didn’t have too much information about the car – no interior details to speak of – and that usually points to a concept that’s more of a showpiece of what’s to come than an actual soon-to-be production model.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Buick Velite Plug-In Hybrid Concept.


PostHeaderIcon Buick GL8

After many years of struggle, the Buick brand is finally doing well financially, thanks to its successful strategy China. Buick products have been selling like hot cakes since 2013 in China, where the American brand offers significantly more nameplates than in the U.S. One such vehicle is the GL8, a minivan that is about to received its third-generation redesign. Set to debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in November 2016, the new GL8 was recently previewed by Buick.

For the uninitiated, the GL8 nameplate has been around since 2000, and it’s Buick’s sole minivan since the Terraza was discontinued in the U.S. after only two years on the market. It’s also GM’s only MPV, with the Detroit-based giant having replaced every minivan with SUVs in recent years. At first based on the Chevrolet Venture, launched in 1996, the GL8 carried over mostly unchanged until 2010, when it was redesigned on an update platform.

To be discontinued in 2016, the second-generation GL8 has been a key member of Buick’s lineup in China, helping the brand become the country’s third-largest passenger car manufacturer. In 2015, Buick sold 76,607 GL8s, a figure it is hoping to improve with the new, third-generation minivan. Details about the redesigned MPV are still scant, but until Buick releases more data, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the Buick GL8 Luxury MPV.


PostHeaderIcon Avenir Name to Serve as Sub-Brand for Buick

Buick says it wants to capitalize on a recent uptick in growth, and in order to do so, it has set about creating a new top-of-the-line luxury sub-brand. Taking cues from the Avenir sedan concept first revealed at the Detroit Auto Show last year, the sub-brand looks poised for release on a global scale starting with the 2018 model year.

Essentially, the Avenir sub-brand will be akin to the Denali trim level currently in place for GMC’s range-topping truck models. Buick hopes the inclusion of Avenir-branded offerings will cement gains made with its changing customer base, which according to a recent press release, includes more female buyers and former customers of competing brands. If all goes according to plan, Avenir will also expand Buick’s reach overseas.

So then – what’ll make the Avenir sub-brand stand out amongst the competition? Buick says the exterior will include “a three-dimensional mesh grille, large-diameter wheels, and unique trim finishes,” while the cabin space will incorporate a “quiet, inviting environment with unique seat details, modern trim materials and Avenir script identification.”

Simply put – a sharp exterior styling with plus-sized rollers and a fancy fascia, as well as upscale materials and lots of badges in the interior. Sounds about right.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Buick Verano To Be Dropped In The U.S. Market

The Buick Verano has only been around since 2011 as an entry-level option into the Buick brand. Now that a new design has debuted in China, we’ve been expecting to see it come to U.S. shores anytime now, but it looks like we might not see it after all. According to Automotive News, Buick is now considering a move to drop the Verano from the U.S. market in coming years. The news comes just weeks before the scheduled debut of the Envision crossover here in the U.S.

This news is undoubtedly the result of the SUV craze that is spreading across the country like wildfire. With the subcompact Envision hitting U.S. shores any time now, Buick doesn’t seem to have the room for two entry-level models in its lineup. IHS Automotive analyst, Stephanie Brinley, said, “There were nearly 32,000 buyers who walked into a dealership last year and bought a Verano, not an SUV or a Regal. Any time you eliminate a product from the lineup, there’s risk.”

The question is, how big is that risk? GM is depending on the idea that the SUV craze is going to continue, and a majority of entry-level buyers will look to something like the Envision instead of the badge-engineered Verano. Back in 2014, Duncan Aldred – GM’s global Chief—said “What we can’t have at Buick is ten vehicles all selling a few thousand units each. I’ve seen that. It doesn’t work. We need to bring in cars, trucks, whatever, that can offer substantial volume.”

So far, GM has declined to comment on the future of the Verano. For now, it looks like the current Verano will probably run through the 2017 model year, at which point GM could drop the model and try to steer new customers toward the Envision crossover.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Buick Envision

The Detroit Auto Show has finally kicked off, which means there are a number of new concepts and models to talk about. One such model is the 2016 Buick Envision. If the “Envision” name sounds familiar, it’s because it actually debuted in China, and went on sale on the Chinese market in late in 2014, as a 2015 model. It was initially designed as a global vehicle from the beginning, which means it didn’t take long for GM to get it ready for the U.S. Market.

As a compact crossover, the Envision will compete against the likes of vehicles like the Acura RDX, Lincoln MKC, and the Audi Q5. It is said to have a “whisper quiet” cabin and a smooth ride. As Chief Engineer, Judy Brennan, put it, “Our attention to detail yielded tremendous strength and stiffness of the platform, which is evident in exceptional ride and handling characteristics.”

So, will the plethora of standard and available safety features set the Envision apart from the rest? Will the interior prove to be more comfortable than others in the segment? Well, we can’t answer that last question until we actually get the chance to sit in one, but we can see how the Envision stacks up otherwise, so let’s take a deeper look and see just where the Envision stands.

Update 4/22/2016: Pricing information for the Buick Envision has been announced. The 2016 model will start out from $42,995 and the 2017 model will start out from $34,990. Check out the “Prices” section below for more information.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Buick Envision.


PostHeaderIcon Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle

When things were going rough for General Motors, the appeal of the Buick brand in the Chinese market pretty much saved the brand from meeting the same fate as Pontiac. Since then, GM has been giving the Chinese market a lot of attention. The Buick Envision is being built there, and now it looks like the Chinese market will get first dibs on the Buick LaCrosse HEV that just made its global debut at the 2016 Buick Day event in Shanghai. In addition, Buick also released the new “Buick Blue” logo, which is prominently displayed on the LaCrosse HEV’s rear deck lid.

GM’s Executive Director of Global Propulsion Systems, Larry Nitz, said, “GM’s leadership in electrification technologies, now and in the future, are coming to Buick in China. In fact, over the next five years, we will roll out more than 10 new energy vehicles in China, including several models for Buick. That includes full hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and extended-range electric vehicles.”

Buick has already introduced other eco-friendly models like the LaCrosse eAssist and the LaCrosse Eco-Hybrid, and now it’s clear that Buick is on a “green” mission, with the LaCrosse HEV being the first step of many. The LaCrosse HEV has the same style and design cues as the all-new Lacrosse here in the U.S., but it features a specific powertrain and some other electric goodies that help it achieve excellent gas mileage. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a look at Buick’s newest hybrid vehicle.

Continue reading to learn more about the Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle.


PostHeaderIcon 2016 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

Meeting the high standards of a major international auto show is not easy. It takes creativity, an appropriately sized budget, and no small measure of polish. When it all comes together, the result is a beautiful thing to behold. A single model can shed light on an entire brand, sparking passion and lust in every corner of the automotive universe. We’ll cover those drool-makers in an upcoming Best In Show piece, but this article hits the other side of the spectrum – the monotonous, the poorly conceived, and the yawn-worthy.

This time around, our list of Worst In Show has a theme – special editions that aren’t that special. The 2016 New York International Auto Show was chock full of ‘em this year, so we collected some of the worst offenders for a little collective disdain.

Enjoy!

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition

Wait, what? A Sport Touring edition? Aren’t those mutually exclusive styles of handling? That’s like Chevrolet throwing an SS badge on a Silverado 3500 HD. “The HD SS, the pentacle of high-performance trailer-towing upsets lap records at Nürburgring and Laguna Seca,” the press release would read. While that would be bad enough, it’d be worse if the badges didn’t mean anything. Well that’s apparently the case with Buick’s latest appearance package for its largest SUV, the three-row Enclave.

This special edition Enclave is neither sportier nor cushier, but rather more “blinged out” with a color Buick calls Satin Black Ice. The color can be found on the grille and within the spokes of the 20-inch chrome wheels. The ice blue color is found inside as well, emanating from the dash via LED bulbs. There’s only three body colors offered as well, which include White Frost Tricoat, Crimson Red Metallic, and Ebony Twilight Metallic. What’s more, the Enclave isn’t the only Buick getting the icy treatment. It can be ordered on the LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, and Encore.

Buick says the Sport Touring Edition is a reward for its loyal customer base, citing that 33.4 percent of Enclave sales in 2015 came from returning customers. Though the automaker only has two SUV models, they accounted for 61 percent of Buick sales last year. That percentage will certainly grow with the 2016 Envision crossover hitting the market this summer.

“The industry doesn’t have many success stories better than the Buick Enclave,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick. “It has created a new generation of Buick customers and delivered on their expectations again and again. The Sport Touring Edition is a great update for our flagship crossover SUV as the Buick family continues to grow this year.”

We don’t know who that “new generation” of customer is, but they’ll be able to purchase the Enclave Sport Touring Edition this summer for a slight premium over the 1SL and 1SN trim packages.

Continue reading to learn more about the Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition

Wait, what? A Sport Touring edition? Aren’t those mutually exclusive styles of handling? That’s like Chevrolet throwing an SS badge on a Silverado 3500 HD. “The HD SS, the pentacle of high-performance trailer-towing upsets lap records at Nürburgring and Laguna Seca,” the press release would read. While that would be bad enough, it’d be worse if the badges didn’t mean anything. Well that’s apparently the case with Buick’s latest appearance package for its largest SUV, the three-row Enclave.

This special edition Enclave is neither sportier nor cushier, but rather more “blinged out” with a color Buick calls Satin Black Ice. The color can be found on the grille and within the spokes of the 20-inch chrome wheels. The ice blue color is found inside as well, emanating from the dash via LED bulbs. There’s only three body colors offered as well, which include White Frost Tricoat, Crimson Red Metallic, and Ebony Twilight Metallic. What’s more, the Enclave isn’t the only Buick getting the icy treatment. It can be ordered on the LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, and Encore.

Buick says the Sport Touring Edition is a reward for its loyal customer base, citing that 33.4 percent of Enclave sales in 2015 came from returning customers. Though the automaker only has two SUV models, they accounted for 61 percent of Buick sales last year. That percentage will certainly grow with the 2016 Envision crossover hitting the market this summer.

“The industry doesn’t have many success stories better than the Buick Enclave,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick. “It has created a new generation of Buick customers and delivered on their expectations again and again. The Sport Touring Edition is a great update for our flagship crossover SUV as the Buick family continues to grow this year.”

We don’t know who that “new generation” of customer is, but they’ll be able to purchase the Enclave Sport Touring Edition this summer for a slight premium over the 1SL and 1SN trim packages.

Continue reading to learn more about the Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition

Wait, what? A Sport Touring edition? Aren’t those mutually exclusive styles of handling? That’s like Chevrolet throwing an SS badge on a Silverado 3500 HD. “The HD SS, the pentacle of high-performance trailer-towing upsets lap records at Nürburgring and Laguna Seca,” the press release would read. While that would be bad enough, it’d be worse if the badges didn’t mean anything. Well that’s apparently the case with Buick’s latest appearance package for its largest SUV, the three-row Enclave.

This special edition Enclave is neither sportier nor cushier, but rather more “blinged out” with a color Buick calls Satin Black Ice. The color can be found on the grille and within the spokes of the 20-inch chrome wheels. The ice blue color is found inside as well, emanating from the dash via LED bulbs. There’s only three body colors offered as well, which include White Frost Tricoat, Crimson Red Metallic, and Ebony Twilight Metallic. What’s more, the Enclave isn’t the only Buick getting the icy treatment. It can be ordered on the LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, and Encore.

Buick says the Sport Touring Edition is a reward for its loyal customer base, citing that 33.4 percent of Enclave sales in 2015 came from returning customers. Though the automaker only has two SUV models, they accounted for 61 percent of Buick sales last year. That percentage will certainly grow with the 2016 Envision crossover hitting the market this summer.

“The industry doesn’t have many success stories better than the Buick Enclave,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick. “It has created a new generation of Buick customers and delivered on their expectations again and again. The Sport Touring Edition is a great update for our flagship crossover SUV as the Buick family continues to grow this year.”

We don’t know who that “new generation” of customer is, but they’ll be able to purchase the Enclave Sport Touring Edition this summer for a slight premium over the 1SL and 1SN trim packages.

Continue reading to learn more about the Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition

Wait, what? A Sport Touring edition? Aren’t those mutually exclusive styles of handling? That’s like Chevrolet throwing an SS badge on a Silverado 3500 HD. “The HD SS, the pentacle of high-performance trailer-towing upsets lap records at Nürburgring and Laguna Seca,” the press release would read. While that would be bad enough, it’d be worse if the badges didn’t mean anything. Well that’s apparently the case with Buick’s latest appearance package for its largest SUV, the three-row Enclave.

This special edition Enclave is neither sportier nor cushier, but rather more “blinged out” with a color Buick calls Satin Black Ice. The color can be found on the grille and within the spokes of the 20-inch chrome wheels. The ice blue color is found inside as well, emanating from the dash via LED bulbs. There’s only three body colors offered as well, which include White Frost Tricoat, Crimson Red Metallic, and Ebony Twilight Metallic. What’s more, the Enclave isn’t the only Buick getting the icy treatment. It can be ordered on the LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, and Encore.

Buick says the Sport Touring Edition is a reward for its loyal customer base, citing that 33.4 percent of Enclave sales in 2015 came from returning customers. Though the automaker only has two SUV models, they accounted for 61 percent of Buick sales last year. That percentage will certainly grow with the 2016 Envision crossover hitting the market this summer.

“The industry doesn’t have many success stories better than the Buick Enclave,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick. “It has created a new generation of Buick customers and delivered on their expectations again and again. The Sport Touring Edition is a great update for our flagship crossover SUV as the Buick family continues to grow this year.”

We don’t know who that “new generation” of customer is, but they’ll be able to purchase the Enclave Sport Touring Edition this summer for a slight premium over the 1SL and 1SN trim packages.

Continue reading to learn more about the Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Rendering: Buick Avista Cabriolet

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One of the stars of this year’s Detroit Motor Show, without a shadow of doubt, was the classically beautiful Buick Avista Concept. Now designer Theophilus Chin has come up with a rendering to show up what that car looks as a Cabriolet.

Short answer: even sexier. The Buick Avista Cabriolet Chin has penned showcases a dreamy four-seater convertible which, if ever produced, can give cars like Mercedes SL or Maserati GranCabrio a good run for their money. We’re guessing this design proposal features a soft-top which is okay, because a folding hard-top would ruin the looks of a four-seater cabrio when it’s up.

It would be great if GM puts this Buick Avista Cabriolet into production, especially with the same as the concept 2+2 coupe boasts. It has a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 driving the rear wheels with Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology. It also gets an eight-speed automatic transmission and Magnetic Ride Control.

Of course, some of the features are too concept-y to be considered for the production version – stuff like the 20-inch wheels, carbon fiber bonnet, or the widescreen instrument panel display inside the cabin.

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Renderings by Theophilus Chin

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 NAIAS: Buick Avista Concept

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Buick powered into their home motor show in Detroit in a sleek new concept, a 2+2 coupe they call Buick Avista Concept. The car is supposed rekindle the firm’s long lost design excellence, last seen with circa 1960s with cars like the Riviera. 

Buick Avista Concept, of course, is like an evolution of the design language the American firm adopted a few years ago with the Avenir concept. But that’s a good thing since the thing looks refreshingly old-school chic in this world of Star Wars-inspired car design. It’s like Daryl Hannah at her prime, compared to today’s Daisy Ridley’s and Jennifer Lawrence’s. It’s just better.

That does not mean Buick Avista Concept is stuck in the past. The car is forward-looking in every sense of the word. Under the bonnet you will NOT find a gas-guzzling, pointless V8, but rather a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V-6 features fuel-saving Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology, developing a modest 400 horsepower. What’s more, the interior is equipped with the latest tech features such as touchscreens and touch-sensitive controls which seem to be all the rage these days.

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“The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”

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PostHeaderIcon Buick LaCrosse

When Buick introduced the 2015 Buick Avenir concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, most enthusiasts, including some of us here at Top Speed, began fantasizing about a flagship sedan (the Electra and Park Avenue come to mind) that would finally give the brand a weapon for the luxury market. On the other hand, we knew there was a big chance the Avenir would remain just a concept and Buick’s latest announcement about the next-generation LaCrosse confirms just that.

There is some good news though. The 2017 LaCrosse, which made its public debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, sports design cues inspired by the Avenir concept. The front fascia borrows heavily from the concept car and the company said it’s a face all Buick vehicles will adopt by 2018. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Buick isn’t pondering a full-size sedan, but even if not, the new design language should be exciting.

“The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same. Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick.

Updated 11/18/2015: Buick unveiled the 2017 LaCrosse at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.


PostHeaderIcon Preview: 2017 Buick LaCrosse

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Buick has dropped a single teaser image, announcing not just the debut of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse at the next Los Angeles Auto Show, but the new design all Buick models will adopt by 2018. Mind you, for now we only get to see the grille.

Inspired by the Avenir concept, itself taken cues from the 1954 Wildcat II concept, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse features a grille design that is the new look of the brand with vertical slats and a proud winged Buick badge in the middle. Fun fact: Buick’s tri-shield logo is rooted in company founder David Dunbar Buick’s Scottish family crest.

The new LaCrosse will also boast an all-new chassis that is stronger yet lighter than the current model and promises a more dynamic driving experience. The car is designed for optimum comfort and ride quality, featuring a five-link rear suspension, and has premium features that outdoes the likes of Lexus ES, says Buick.

“The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models.”

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring

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Americans have proven they don’t really have an interest in downsizing, but that hasn’t stopped car makers from trying to change their habits. They have now resorted to sweetening the deal on small cars by cramming a whole bunch of equipment in them. And that is pretty much how the new 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring was created.

The value factor is through the roof with the Buick Encore Sport Touring as it comes with a number of special exterior and interior appointments that’ll make you think twice before dismissing this car because of its tiny little size. It comes with a winged rear spoiler, 18-inch aluminum premium-finish wheels and body-color door handles. It looks really rather luxurious.

2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring-2

The list of standard features is a long one, and it includes: Blue-accented halogen composite projector-beam headlamps; IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment system with a seven-inch-diagonal, high-resolution, full-color display; OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot, including a three-month/3GB data trial; Rearview camera system; Fold-flat front passenger seat that extends the cargo length and accommodates items up to eight feet long; Ten standard air bags, including side-curtain and knee air bags; QuietTuning with Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology; Heated outside rearview mirrors with signal indicators; Fuel-saving electric power steering; Four-wheel disc brakes.

Engine-wise Buick Encore Sport Touring gets a 1.4 liter turbo four-pot 153 hp (112 kW) and 177 lb-ft of torque (240 Nm) with start/stop technology.

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The Opel/Vauxhall Mokka and Buick Encore have all been big hits for General Motors in slightly more than two years on the market, but with the market for small crossovers now booming, it looks like the little crossovers are about to get some equally small changes. Our spy photographers caught up with a Buick Encore prototype testing in Germany wearing some heavy camouflage on the front end, suggesting that a mid-cycle update is in the works. While the timing for such an update would definitely make sense, it sounds like there are some additional changes in the works, including a new engine option and some updated cabin tech.

As far as timing goes, it isn’t clear when the new lineup of crossovers will be ready to hit the road, but judging by how this prototype doesn’t seem to be close to a production-spec vehicle (the Buick Encore is not available with steel wheels), GM might be holding these changes for next year; the 2016 Encore has already been announced, so these updates won’t be available until the 2017 model year at the soonest. Regardless of when the updated Mokka and Encore do make their debuts, the changes will help make this crossover an even better choice in the mid-level luxury market.

Continue reading for the full story.

Buick Encore originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 12 June 2015 15:00 EST.

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