2020 Buick LaCrosse: Say Hello To The Facelifted Model

Images from a Chinese government website have leaked online showing off the design of the facelifted 2020 Buick LaCrosse.

Our spy photographers first caught a glimpse of the refreshed LaCrosse a few months ago but it was bathed in camouflage. These leaked images from Auto Verdict reveal that the new model’s exterior design will be a welcome change from the existing car’s bloated and unappealing look.

Viewed from the front, the new LaCrosse shares a host of similarities with the smaller Regal, also sold as the Holden Commodore in Australia and the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia in Europe. Key similarities include the headlights and grille.

Much more appealing than before.

The rear of the refreshed Buick LaCrosse also looks very familiar thanks to near-identical taillights to those of the Regal. The most obvious point of difference between the two is that the LaCrosse adopts a chrome accent running the width of the rear fascia and splitting the taillights. The larger LaCrosse pictured also comes complete with dual tailpipes and what appears to be a slim reversing light between them.

As the LaCrosse pictured is the Chinese-spec model, it’s hard to know if the U.S. model will look exactly the same.

Considering the bold new exterior look, it’s likely that the updated LaCrosse will adopt an overhauled interior. Possible areas of modification include the steering wheel, dashboard, infotainment display, and seats.

In terms of powertrains, we expected to see an inline-four mild-hybrid option offered alongside a V6.

Stay tuned for a full debut of the new Buick LaCrosse in the next few months.

  • PhilMcGraw

    I think the problem with the Lacrosse isn’t the exterior but the interior. I sat in one not too long ago and while I felt it was nice, I didn’t feel it was worth the $40k+ price tag. It felt like a car worth much less.

    I feel as though Buick and Lincoln both make great looking cars on the outside but they can’t seem to break from their corporate image inside.

    • Bill Nguyen

      Yeah, they’re really cutting corners this generation. Even the previous gen Regal had a better interior than the current Regal. The Regal’s interior looks only passable by modern mainstream standards right now.

    • Mike anonymous

      Not sure I can agree with yourself lately in regards to Lincoln, especially with the introduction of their first ‘post transitional’ ‘next generation’ vehicle “The Aviator” coming sometime next year. (Shown below is the (NOT a concept) but the preview/pre-production unit shown).


      Following the Aviator Lincoln will be introduction completely new generations (not facelift or updates but completely new generations) of the Continental & Navigator, Replacing vehicles such as the; MKC & MKZ with a currently un-named model and the Zephyr, and finally axing unnecessary such as the MKT (& likely with the introduction of the Aviator, also, the MKX).

      As for Buick,. I AGREE it seems that GM is not putting enough effort into the brand, and I made a post on that above. I personally believe the dilemma is this: They don’t want to make it took cheap otherwise it will compete with top of the line Chevy, BUT they also don’t want to make it too good otherwise it will compete with entry-level Cadillac. I think Buick needs to find either a middle ground, or an new path for their brand entirely.

      • PhilMcGraw

        I will agree the Aviator is a big huge step in the right direction for Lincoln, but I’m holding my judgment until I can actually sit inside the car and see it for myself first hand. It does look very very promising though.

        I honestly wish Lincoln could spin off completely from Ford and be their own brand. I mean, yes, the new Navigator and Aviator are amazing vehicles but just take a look at the Nautilus. It looks horrendous on the inside. The MKC is the same. I hope what you’re saying is true and that they have this post transition redo on those models. The Continental looked botched inside as well.

        • Nordschleife

          Why would Lincoln invest all that money into the MKC when it was about to be replaced. While I do feel that Lincoln could’ve focused their efforts on the interior of the MKX/Nautilus I am sure the next generation will be on par with the increasing standards.

  • DJ

    What a horrible looking car. From the side, it looks like the first gen Htyundi Azera

  • Sean Sweeney

    Copied the Mazda6 headlights and grille… innovative

  • DMax

    Nice Mazda!

  • john1168

    All they had to do was change the rear ( which they did). But that’s all they had to do! The front looked great before but now they screwed it up putting the front end of an suv on a car…ugh! This front looks great on the Enclave but it looks really awkward on this.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I think it looks good, much better than the current one.

  • Bananarama
    • Mike anonymous

      Exactly, why exactly is Buick trying to copy Mazda? I was going to point that out as well.

      It seems as though GM is putting so little effort into Buick (, Just enough to keep sales going and to not let the company die off, but not enough to actually go anywhere). I think Buick needs to first take a look back at their history and figure out who it is they are as a brand, because it seems as though they have forgotten (along with most of the marketplace.)

      Take a look at this beautiful 1950’s Buick (below). Work to develop a new (not just ‘trendy’ or ‘cool’ (or other buzz words like ‘urban’ or ‘hip’) but a new) design language that takes from the past and envisions a modern day version of that. In addition clean up your line up, (do more than re-badge chevy’s), and focus on your brand.


      I keep referring back to Ford & Lincoln, but take some notes from what they’ve been able to accomplish over the course of the last 5 (give or take a few) years alone. Ever since new management took over around 2013 things have gone downhill for all of GM’s brands for the most part (aside from their ‘iconic nameplates’). (Not for a possible lack of trying) If GM really cares about it’s brands, then it will put forth the time and effort to develop them (all) properly,.. and with CARE .

      • Danny Boy

        Very well said, and I and I agree with every word(except it resembles the 6)! More like discontinued Tauras/Fusion.😁

    • Eric

      Yeah, no kidding. I was gonna hit the whole “Mazda wants their grille back” thing, but this will do.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I hope more car manufacturers adopt this, like Hyundai.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Yeah, but one will actually be seen on the road (even if it’s a rental). The other will go overlooked as usual (the Mazda in case you were confused.)

  • mick

    Better. I still think the prior LaCrosse was held up better over its lifecyle. Given the pricing, at sticker, it’s not compelling. However, Buick tends to offer discounting pretty readily and an elderly relative picked one up with over $10k off. Much better deal at that point, although there was a shocking lump in the paint that I cannot understand how it made it past inspection.

  • MarkoS

    A Ford grille with some Mazda trim, really Buick.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Why is there a picture of a Mazda6 with a Buick grille?


  • Sybill Julian

    mazda6 lololol

    • Nordschleife

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Paul

    I think it looks alright even if the lower outer edges of the front fascia seem like there’s something missing in that spot. At least they got that chrome strip or lighting (whatever it is) down there at the outer edges going in the right direction compared to the ’16-’18 Malibu which made it look like it had jowls.

  • Shtekeris

    Usually it’s silly to compare cars, but this is literally Mazda6 front. Though it looks good. But Mazda6.

    • Works on the Mazda 6. Not here.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I hope whoever designed and approved the original rear design no longer works for the company.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Mazda called. They want their headlights and grille back.

  • Danny Boy

    Don’t know why everyone says this looks like a Mazda6. That’s actually an insult to Mazda, being that it’s arguably the best looking sedans that most can afford. If anything it resembles the discontinued Tauras/Fusion combo. And what’s with the poor execution of those stupid rear fenders from the beautiful Avenir??? American automakers just don’t get it….Sit your old asses down and allow younger designers to bring these brands current!
    That said, the rear view looks pretty good!!

  • I Defeated Merc-1✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Damn, this 2020 Buick LaCrosse looks 100-percent better than the model it will replace next year. When I first saw the current generation Buick LaCrosse my first thought was “Buick has gone back to its roots at being an old man’s brand” making the LaCrosse long, ugly, and giving it the senior citizenship pass. Now the new model exudes the appearance of a 2019 Mazda 6 especially the headlight design and bottom bumper. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/24b15863cf9eba2edaa6c0369cb4d4e9fc7a0612dbf0601a799f6e6b9ba3b408.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0813707f608074c3f50d6b063f4c0c87c25b932d1bdfe316736b5eed110fd4e2.jpg At least Buick engineers thinks the Mazda 6 is appealing, and now, what about the Chevrolet Impala refresh? The XTS was first and followed by the now appeasing LaCrosse.

  • Able

    Some orange-coloured rear indicators!? Far out, what a concept.

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