China’s Refreshed 2020 Buick LaCrosse Premieres With Sharper Looks

We just got hold of new images of the 2020 Buick LaCrosse, including the first of the interior, which remains unaltered for the basic models, but has received bespoke fittings for the Avenir flagship trim. Sales of the new model will start in China on March 28. We’ve updated the article and gallery accordingly. (Update 3/25/2019).

The refreshed Buick LaCrosse for the Chinese market has been officially launched after a leak previewed the vehicle back in December.

As the first images of the LaCrosse showed late last year, the sedan takes design inspiration from the smaller Regal, which is also sold as the Holden Commodore and the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia throughout Europe. Compared to Regal, however, the LaCrosse has an even more pointed front fascia with larger headlights, additional chrome trimmings, and a hood with sharp character lines.

Viewed from the side, the most eye-catching element is a character line that stretches back from the front wheel along the doors before it curves upwards and ends at the corner of the rear decklid.

Speaking of the rear, the new LaCrosse has a pair of sharp taillights connected together with a chrome element running the width of the vehicle. There’s also a sleek bumper with integrated tailpipes and chrome surrounds.

Inside, the first images of the interior show no styling changes over the current model other than bespoke trimmings, leathers and wood grains, along with thicker carpeting and a Bose sound system for the new top-of-the-line Avenir edition.

Powering the 2020 Buick LaCrosse are GM’s eighth-generation Ecotec engines. The first of these is a turbocharged 2.0-liter LSY that produces 237 hp (240PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque and is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Later on in the vehicle’s production run, a turbocharged 1.3-liter L3T engine good for 160 hp will be added.

Due to GM’s decision to shut the Detroit-Hamtramck where the current Buick LaCrosse is made, the 2020 model won’t be available in North America but will be sold exclusively in China. And while this is disappointing, it does make sense as this is the LaCrosse’s largest market.

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  • Finkployd

    Isn’t it pretty much the same with extra chrome ?

    • paulgdeaton

      The Chinese like extra chrome…

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Crispy Kung Pao chicken with chrome.
        Mmmmmmmmmmm, chrome.

  • McFly

    Nice Opel.

    • Matt

      Not an Opel?

      • McFly

        The strangest thing is that GM make their different brands look identical even when they don’t have to. There’s no real need for this to look like an Opel Insignia (even though it uses architecture from Opel), but it does.

        • Matt

          Actually there was a very good reason to make Opel and Buick models look similar, that is so the badges could be interchanged depending on the market and still retain the family resemblance. For example the Buick Regal which is of course an Opel Insignia with a different grille.

          Now PSA owns Opel, and the Insignia is set to receive its first facelift which will debut Opel’s new design language. Future models will not look like Buicks anymore.

          • Stephen G

            I think you meant a Buick won’t look like an Opel anymore.

          • Matt

            No, I think Opel has recently started to look more like a Buick, A very American-inspired design language. The new Opels will look more German again (a bit less ‘glitzy’ for lack of a better word).

          • McFly

            I disagree. To me it’s quite easy to see a clear line of evolution of the Opel design language from the Rekord of the 80’s to today’s Insignia for example. Looking at Buick, there’s no such connection.

            The car in this article only looks like it does because GM USA don’t really care about separate brand identities. That’s why it’s ok for them if it looks like an Opel.

    • The Lacrosse isn’t really an Opel. Many common parts, but it’s not an Opel rebadged like many others.

      • McFly

        I know, that’s why it’s strange that they made it look like an Opel.

  • Matt

    The grille/headlight relationship is eerily close to that of the Mazda 6.

    • on Mazdas it looks good, not here.

  • Nop…

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s been tucked and it does look better.
    Still best as a comfortable company car used on business trips. I’d rent it.

  • LJ

    It’s not the President’s job to run private companies, and it never should be.

    • Enter Ranting

      He’s TERRIBLE at running companies…

    • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

      I never said it was. I was merely referring to how he points out other things having to do with American business. I really wasn’t saying “get the pres. on the line” as much as much as I was expressing discontent with GM’s decision to cut a car that has been here for so long.

      • LJ

        Gotcha

  • Stephen G

    Nice. Now if they would just build the Avista and Avista convertible and bring them to the US.

  • eb110americana

    It’s really a shame that the LaCrosse, as good as it’s gotten, will be dropped. Maybe GM could someday replicate the success of FCA’s 300/Charger RWD cars with a new SS/Commodore/LaCrosse.

    It looks like Buick will be all of just 3 crossovers in the US now. The Verano is already gone. The Cascada convertible never really had any staying power to begin with. The Regal is an Opel that will no longer be shared when the next gen comes to market. That just leaves the Encore, Envision, and Enclave.

    • I Defeated Speeding✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Hold on, tiger! I am sure GM engineers will just rebadge another Chevy like the Blazer, for example, and call it a day.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    I know that. Lol And at the moment, neither of those brands interest me. I’m simply complaining about the horrendous situations both companies are in. GM essentially running a copy paste business, and FCA being iffy in the quality department, not that GM is completely immune from that either. It’s not a matter of “oh no, companies I love are selling to other markets” rather that the way they go about things leaves much to be desired. And while no company is safe from those cry copycat, GM literally leached off of other companies. The aren’t the only ones, but both of them need to get their acts together instead following the latest trends. SUVs are selling? Okay, but they aren’t selling to everyone. They shouldn’t stretch themselves so thin with one thing.

  • Stephen G

    The current LaCrosse is a nice car. Americans just don’t want large sedans. This design landing in US 3 years ago would not have made a difference. Also I don’t think it’s highly doubtful any Continental buyers ever cross shopped a Taurus.

    • I Defeated Speeding✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Although, the Buick LaCrosse is technically nice, but the Impala Premier looks 100-percent better stylistically, in my opinion.

  • Stephen G

    I think it may be a fact that 56% of Americans are morons. Trump’s biggest success was that he was born a multi-millionaire.

    • LJ

      Well, that is the difference between smart, wealthy people and dumb, poor people. Smart people take a million and turn it into billions, dumb people take a million and turn it into zero.

  • TRB0T0Y

    Holy stromboli! That rear 3/4 view sure looks like an Azera ay mates?! If there were a modern Azera, it would be this fine Chinese motor carriage. It so cute how Buick survives due to China, and how some olde skool Emperor chose a Buick as the 1st auto allowed in the capital city.

    • Nordschleife

      LOL it is a modern Azera its just not sold in the states as this won’t be either.

  • Six_Tymes

    it does look sharp, ill give them that. I woudlnt mind owning

  • I AGREE. GROWING UP I WAS A GM FAN, NEVER CARED FOR MANY CHRYSLERS OR FORDS. BUICK RIVIERA AND SKYLARK, OLDS TORONADO AND CUTLASS SUPREME, CADILLAC ELDORADO EVEN THE MONTE CARLO ARE ALL CARS I LOVED. NOW NOTHING GM HAS INTERESTS ME. AS “CAR GUYS” WE HAVE PRIDE IN OUR COUNTRIES CARS BUT ALAS THEY HAVE LET US DOWN.

  • Danny Boy

    Just as they get on the right track…. Very nice, and that’s not something I say often about American sedans. I mean, fender bulges and wheel wells are on point!!
    I think that Buick needs to change that emblem. It’s a reminder that this is an old person car company, not for the young successful individuals that t y ey are trying to market. Just look at it, it doesn’t even belong on this vehicle. Image is EVERYTHING!!!! JS

  • Black Stealth

    mazda signature grille lol

  • I Defeated Speeding✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The new LaCrosse looks 100-percent better than the current model it replaces, but too bad a female with ambitions to try over and over and over again at the attempt to re-introducing the American market failed electric vehicles. General Motors hasn’t learned its lesson three times at discontinuing the Escalade hybrid, Tahoe hybrid, and Yukon hybrid triplets, which was first; second, the Cadillac ELR as a rebadged and quite expensive Chevy Volt, and now the Volt is going away, so General Motors is introducing more electric vehicles to priced them $10k too much and let the products fail.

  • I Defeated Speeding✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Ford Motor Company really neglected the well decade old Taurus in favor of a new Escape, Edge, Explorer, Expedition and a midly revised Fusion which is taking its last ride.

  • Stephen G

    I think you mean Crown Vic and Lincoln TownCar. Strange that you had omitted the Grand Marquis. American customers are buying Trucks, Crossovers and SUV’s. That’s why they’re dropping sedans from the lineups. It’s all part of the Chinese plan for world domination y’know.

  • FlamerSmasherMBXCar_Part II

    I just hope that this 2020 Buick LaCrosse will remind people of the North American market that a S.U.V. should be a privilege not a right.

  • Paul

    It looks really nice. Too bad GM can’t figure out what’s really wrong and get it to sell.

  • StrangerGP

    Looks better than current Insignia.

  • ME

    I think it is just the name Buick that stops it from selling in big numbers in the US. People associate it as an old fart brand.

    • Liam Paul

      I was about to say I would buy one, but I am also 47 lol

  • KAG25

    That is a nice looking Ford Fusion

    • baofe

      Mazda*

      • KAG25

        Scion

    • Liam Paul

      more mazda , zero ford but just think, if Ford sold as many Fusions as ford fans claims were copy, Ford would not be leaving the car market here in the states, I don’t think any automaker wants their cars to look like a car in part that killed ford car line

      • KAG25

        Ford bought Aston Martin a while ago and made all the cars have that front end. They are leaving the market in the states because Management can’t figure out how to make them cheap here, but Mazda can.

  • Liam Paul

    I like the front end

  • Bash

    Mazda+Ford=Buick
    who would have figured!

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Actually a VERY GM style…this is clearly the spiritual successor to the 1st gen AURORA. That car was magic when it was released. Really sad to see GM lagging these days. Once upon a time they were style kings.

  • Six_Tymes

    looks good

  • Simply Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Wow! It looks good! It looks like the current gen Chevy Impala Premier bodystyle (chrome and body design) with a bit of Mazda mixed in it. Looks good! Looks way better than the American version. Got damn you, Mary!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Too bad it’s gone.

  • roundthings

    Looks good, too bad Run Away Mary decided to kill GM in the USA

    • Galaxium

      Americans aren’t buying American products. This is a fact that needs to be accepted. For GM to be remotely competitive, they need to lower their costs of production.

  • MarketAndChurch

    The front end is pretty nice. The side profile lets it down though.

  • ejd1984

    Maybe if Buick came out with this on the Omega platform, and a smooth 6.2L…………….. 🙂

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