2010 Buick LaCrosse
The company now calls it the "mid-size global architecture." Compared to the outgoing LaCrosse, the body is 20-percent stiffer, helping to deliver a claimed "library" quiet ride. The CXS edition refines the car's ride actively with real-time damping. Different vehicle performance programs incorporate suspension calibration changes, plus alterations in throttle sensitivity and response, as well as steering feedback and feel. We'll let you know how the technology works once we get behind the wheel on the open road.
Standard features across the LaCrosse line include all the modern basics. Stripped cars with manual crank windows and no air conditioning are a thing of the past. The CXL moves up from the CX's cloth seats and 17-inch wheels by offering leather-appointed heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, outside rearview mirror with LED turn indicators and puddle lamps, and 18-inch wheels. The top-flight CXS adds (among other things) heated and cooled perforated leather seats and chrome-plated 18-inch wheels. Big 19-inch rims are optional.
Other options include in-dash navigation, power rear-window sunshade, and a DVD entertainment system, with two display screens integrated into the seatbacks.
Buick expects that the 2010 LaCrosse will maintain the outgoing models 20-star NHTSA safety rating. Major safety equipment includes six airbags, electronic stability- and traction-control system, and OnStar. Head-up display (in the windshield) is optional, as is the adaptive lighting package can direct the high-intensity discharge headlight beams up to 15 degrees for enhanced illumination of the road and its curves. LaCrosse also offers Side Blind Zone alert for those pesky drivers that hang out hidden behind the C-pillar.
So what is the 2010 Buick LaCrosse? Frankly, it's a very nice looking take on boring. But there are elements that remain unresolved … as in why did Buick engineers think it necessary to rear-bias their AWD system, or include real-time damping, or offer nearly 300 horsepower? These seem like ploys that mitigate against boredom and toward delivering dynamic performance. Hmmm, maybe Buick in 2009 is still not quite sure what it stands for after all?
See more photos of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse and stay tuned for more from the 2009 Detroit auto show this coming week. Until then, here's a video clip from GM on the new sedan: