Next Generation Buick LaCrosse Spied in the Wild [video]

2017 buick lacrosse prototype

General Motors is expected to introduce the all-new third generation Buick LaCrosse—built on on the new P2XX platform that will be shared by future GM full-size vehicles—sometime during 2016. Spied in the high mountains of Colorado and caught on video, this thinly disguised full-size sedan might be the new Buick flagship. Let us know if we are on the right track in the comments section below.

The second generation Buick LaCrosse began in 2010 during the time when GM and the other domestic automakers were struggling to make a comeback from financial distress. According to U.S. News, the LaCrosse ranks 5 out of 11 in the Affordable Large Car class. The full-size sedan boasts a spacious interior, quality cabin materials, and a plush ride.

The P2XX platform is a direct replacement for GM’s Super Epsilon chassis and will underpin any new full-size vehicle to come. The new long wheelbase platform is designed to accommodate a front-engine, transverse-mounted layout, have front-wheel and all-wheel drive applications, and be lighter in weight than the Super Epsilon chassis. The new architecture will also have a four wheel independent suspension and deliver premium-level driving dynamics.

These are exciting times for Buick. They are close to launching their first convertible since 1990‒the 2016 Cascada—and it looks beautiful. Buick’s compact crossover, the Encore Sport, is growing strong as supported by a 29 percent growth in sales for the first half of 2015. Plus, the 2016 model year will get a boost in power and additional exterior upgrades.

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