What's New for 2017: Buick

October 28, 2016

The Buick lineup operates something like a bridge between the automaker's American headquarters and its global operations, drawing heavily from products designed and engineered for other markets.

And for 2017, there's even a new crossover built elsewhere but sold here—the Chinese-market Buick Envision. It's the first mass-market car to be sold in the United States but built in China (not counting a specific version of the Volvo S60), but it remains to be seen if that will be a hurdle for American consumers. The Envision is a five-seat crossover designed to square off against compact rivals like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Acura RDX, and Nissan Murano. It's not quite as swanky as its European rivals, but the Envision comes in at a lower price point.

Technically, the Envision went on sale late in the 2016 model year, but the lineup is augmented for 2017 with more trim levels, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder base engine, and far more availability in dealers. 

The other big news for Buick is indeed big: The company's LaCrosse flagship is all-new, delivering its own blend of comfort and quiet with a more evocatively-styled exterior. The LaCrosse lineup has been pared down to just one powertrain for 2017, but the new 3.6-liter V-6 and 8-speed automatic make a sweet combination.

2017 Buick Regal

2017 Buick Regal

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Here's a more comprehensive look at what you'll find in a Buick showroom this year:

2017 Buick Cascada

  • New Sport Touring, or ST, trim level with unique blue exterior paint, special 20-inch alloy wheels, and interior touches.
  • New Sport Touring trim level features its own grille and wheel designs and is available in three exterior shades. 
  • Substantial facelift inside and out.
  • Upgraded interior materials, new instrument cluster with 4.2-inch screen, and new 8.0-inch infotainment screen.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability added.
  • Lineup expanded to include new Preferred and Essence trim levels, in addition to existing Premium I and Premium II. 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability added. 
  • New base 2.5-liter, naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder base engine.
  • Chili Red exterior color added.
  • All-new model with new V-6 engine and 8-speed automatic transmission.
  • Optional all-wheel drive.
  • Available in four trim levels ranging from about $33,000 to $50,000.
  • Hybrid model discontinued.
  • Three new exterior colors.
  • New 18-inch wheels with Sport Touring trim level.
  • Shortened model year; set to be discontinued mid-way through 2017.
  • Turbo model dropped.

 

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