2018 Buick LaCrosse Gets New Gearbox And Hybrid Option

LaCrosse accounts for around 15-20% of Buick sales. We saw the new generation a while ago. Being only one year old, it will get some updates. And not just any kind of usual updates, some of them are revolutionary. That’s right, 2018 Buick LaCrosse will with these updates probably have more success and jeopardize the well established full-size sedans like Chevrolet Impala, Chrysler 300, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Kia Cadenza, and others.

2018 Buick LaCrosse-front view

Note: Image of 2017 Buick LaCrosse

2018 Buick LaCrosse – New Colors

Exterior won’t receive changes, but Buick will mix up color palette a bit. They will swap four existing colors with completely new ones. So, Crimson Red Tintcoat, Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic, Graphite Gray Metallic, and Dark Forest Green Metallic will be gone. Instead, the buyer will have the availability to choose between Satin Steel Metallic, Black Cherry Metallic, Dark Slate Metallic, and Red Quartz Tintcoat. On the inside, there won’t be any changes. The biggest one is in the mechanical section.

2018 Buick LaCrosse – New Gearbox

2018 Buick LaCrosse will remain with 3.6-liter V6 which produces 310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque. When new generation was unveiled for 2017 model year, so was the all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. But just one year later Buick will add one more gear. The word is about also all-new GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission (9TXX). When we thought, that would be all, we were wrong. The new model will also have one more powertrain as an option.

2018 Buick LaCrosse – Hybrid

Buick will offer hybrid system. It will consist of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and 20-kW electric motor. Exact output at this moment is unknown as well as other numbers like fuel consumption. But we know that optional powertrain will not be selectable in base trim. So it will be available on Preferred, Essense, and Premium. And due to the different powertrain, it will not be available with AWD. Unlike gasoline version, the hybrid will come with six-speed automatic that is available in China.

2018 Buick LaCrosse-rear view

Note: Image of 2017 Buick LaCrosse

2018 Buick LaCrosse – Price

Apart from that, there will also be new accessories. Those are body-color grille, cargo net, tire inflator kit, as well as wheel lock kit. The pricing options aren’t available for the hybrid. And due to not so big changes to the base model, 2018 Buick LaCrosse will arrive with only slightly higher price.

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