2016 Buick LaCrosse Release Date and Info

2016 Buick LaCrosse Release Date, Price, Specs, Interior – The new Buick LaCrosse 2016 will adorn significant changes in comparison to its predecessors when it comes to its efficiency and design. This 4-door mid-size car will certainly be remodelled and transformed to a luxury vehicle that is based on the Elmiraj Concept design language upon its release.

2016 Buick LaCrosse front angle, grille and headlights

With this Concept, the vehicle will now have an exterior and interior that looks and feel similar to that of the Cadillac Elmiraj, alongside its extravagance reputation. To sum things up, the new LaCrosse will come with a sought-after design that will enable it compete favourably.

2016 Buick LaCrosse
2016 Buick LaCrosse

The intentions of the automaker became downright during the launch of the Avenir. It was then that the automobile giant announced the platform of the older models which are set to return once more and seems it has had its way with the expected launch of the new Buick LaCrosse for 2016 year.

2016 Buick LaCrosse rear view, taillights and tailpipe

The LaCrosse has already received widespread praise especially for its safety features and equipment which, by the way, we will be talking about next. Also, it will pack an awesome interior and exterior design upon its debut later in the year. We can also consider the high competition the model is facing as it goes up against the Nissan Maxima, Hyundai Genesis, Chevy Impala and the latest 2017 Acura TLX.

Federal Government Safety Rating – Buick LaCrosse 2016

The new LaCrosse has already made unprecedented news after it earned the highest 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The ratings were for the front and side crash tests, while four-stars was the rating for the rollover crash test segment.

The above-mentioned ratings only apply for the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants of the LaCrosse. Standard safety features of the LaCrosse include electronic stability control, a rear view camera, traction control, antilock brakes, and eight air bags.

2016 Buick LaCrosse side view, white color

Moreover, provided will be two Driver Confidence packages for spruced-up safety precaution. First is the Driver Confidence 1 package which will be exclusive for 1 SP, 1 SL, and 1 SR variants. The package includes; forward collision alert, lane-change alert, lane departure warning HID headlights, side blind-zone, heads-up display, and rear cross traffic alert.

Secondly and lastly is the Driver Confidence 2 package available on the 1 SR and 1SP and which will include; collision mitigation braking, full speed range adaptive cruise control, and a Safety Alert seat. The latter safety feature will start vibrating depending on the crash-emanating direction.

Despite these safety tests above on the new Buick LaCrosse, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn’t officially released the results yet. However, the Lacrosse for 2015 year earned amazing scores in all the institute’s crash tests.

Engine Specs – 2016 Buick LaCrosse

The new 2016 Buick LaCrosse will come fitted with a new twin turbo engine under its hood. With the new twin turbo powerplant: efficiency, speed, balance and superior fuel economy ratings should all be expected. The new engine to grace LaCrosse will be GM’s 3.6L LF3 Twin-Turbo V6 engine and a double turbo compressor.

2016 Buick LaCrosse engine

The engine will be able to yield 420 horsepower and 430 pounds of torque. There will also be a hybrid powertrain, which will also be made available and will be able to source its power from a 2.4L EcoTec powerplant in combination with an electric motor.

The powerplant in solitary production will be able to yield around 182 horsepower. Unfortunately, the combined output figures have not yet been provided. The hybrid powerplant might come with a new transmission system or retain the existing one.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 3.7 in. (111.7 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 4.9 in. (196.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 1.1 in. (73.1 in.)
Passenger volume: 100.0 cu.ft.
Cargo volume: 13.3 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3895 lbs.
Top Speed: N/A
0-60: N/A
MPG: 18/28 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White…
Towing Capacity: 1000 lbs

New Buick LaCrosse 2016 Price & Release Date

The new LaCrosse is expected to hit showrooms towards the fall of this year (2015). The price of the vehicle will be around $30,000.

2016 Buick LaCrosse release date
2016 Buick LaCrosse release date

Interior Images & Exterior Pictures for 2016 Buick LaCrosse

2016 Buick LaCrosse interior, leather seats and steering wheel

The cabin of the new LaCrosse will definitely be cosy than in the previous model thanks to the new design language likely to be employed by the new platform. But, there is no much exploits to accomplish considering its predecessors had astonishing interior specs.

2016 Buick LaCrosse interior
2016 Buick LaCrosse interior

 

Spy shots reveal the novelties to be expected from the new LaCrosse will include navigation system, adjustable front seats, a triple zone mechanical weather control system, and rear view camera.

2016 Buick LaCrosse front
2016 Buick LaCrosse front

As for the exterior of the new LaCrosse, it is expected to borrow heavily from the Impala, which isn’t such a bad thing bearing in mind the van’s appetite of the American market. The vehicle will also feature several colour palette which includes; Graphite Gray Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, and Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic.

2016 Buick LaCrosse back
2016 Buick LaCrosse back

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New 2017 Buick Enclave Release Date and Review

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The new 2017 Buick Enclave offers a classy exterior design, top-notch quality materials, and spacious second-row captain’s chairs. Introduced back in 2013, the Enclave quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the industry’s best-selling three-row luxury crossover. With it came superior in-vehicle connectivity, a slew of advanced safety technologies, new styling and a more refined driving experience. For 2017, the same aforementioned elements that have characterized the Enclave since its debut return but with a higher sophistication and refinement degree, in addition to latest technologies and better performance. Continue reading on for an expert Buick Enclave review that also includes details like its likely release date and price info.

2017 Buick Enclave exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

Among the trio of the GM best crossover lineup that includes the GMC Acadia and the Chevrolet Traverse, I must say that we particularly love the Buick Enclave. While that is solely our own preference from our point of view, the Enclave is arguably more classy and comfortable. Also, it’s less thirsty than Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon, and the Cadillac Escalade. The model under review also prides itself as being the first vehicle from GMC to receive the first series of new designs ranging from a smartly configured seating arrangement, a well-appointed interior, to tasteful shoulder lines and chrome waterfall grille.

2017 Buick Enclave rear view, taillights and tailpipe

With the exception of the base model, the rest of the model lineup that make up the Enclave get a choice of either front-wheel drive of all-wheel drive system. For 2017, the new vehicle gets a black grille and a range of new colors that are tacked on the Sport Touring package. As for the performance, the vehicle still returns with the same V6 mill that makes 288 hp and 270 lbs. ft. of torque under the hood. Pairing is via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

Driving dynamics are impressive. Handling is responsive, and ride quality smooth on most surfaces. While it doesn’t lean excessively in curves, its humongous size makes it feel big on narrow roads. The weight is also felt in the way it takes off, handles, and stops.

2017 Buick Enclave spy shots

The interior is cavernous and comes with three rows of seating. Although the first two rows offer plenty of head- and legroom, the third row isn’t a place we’d advice adults to sit for hours of driving. Methinks it is best left to elementary school going kids. Further aback, the Enclave provides a useful cargo capacity that Buick estimates to be 115 cu. ft.

2017 Buick Enclave Release Date & Price

2017 Buick Enclave release date

Pricing as is provided by Buick is as follows: Enclave Convenience – $39,065, Enclave Leather – $43,765, Enclave Leather AWD – $45,765, Enclave Premium – $47,625, and the top-of-the-line Enclave Premium AWD – $49,625. The release date has been set for early 2017.

2017 Buick Enclave Exterior

2017 Buick Enclave front angle, headlights and grille

Buick’s design language is showcased by the Enclave’s sculpted styling that it has relentlessly offered since its first debut in 2008. The exterior design cues make it instantly recognizable. Some notable features include nineteen-inch wheels, a power liftgate, roof rack, a fixed liftgate window, and variable intermittent wipers.

2017 Buick Enclave auto show, rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

Optional exterior features include wheel locks, front license plate bracket, molded, body color assist steps, black roof rack cross rails, and front and rear molded splash guards. Packages available include the Trailering provision, cargo convenience, Buick interior protection, and hit the road accessory package.

2017 Buick Enclave Interior Pictures

2017 Buick Enclave interior, gear shif knob, steering wheel, dashboard and lcd screen

The interior of the new model is defined by high-quality materials and luxurious amenities that give the new model a more contemporary support and ambience. Standard accessories and features available include automatic xenon headlights, keyless entry and ignition, rear parking assistance, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, three USB ports, a 6.5-inch touchscreen and voice recognition, tire-pressure monitors, universal home remote, heated rearview mirrors, and a 60/40-split-folding third row seating.

2017 Buick Enclave interior, leather front and back seats

Available Trims

Just like its immediate predecessor, the new Enclave is available in three trims: Convenience, Leather, and Premium. Unlike the base Convenience model which is available in FWD only, the latter two are offered with a choice of either FWD or AWD.

Engine Specs

2017 Buick Enclave engine

The new 2017 Enclave returns with the same powertrain its predecessor came with last year. The mill in question is a 3.6L V6 that is capable of generating 288 hp and 270 lbs. ft. of torque.

Specifications

2017 Buick Enclave auto show, front view, headlights and grille

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 10.9 in. (118.9 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 9.9 in. (201.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 7 in. (79 in.)
Passenger volume: 151 ft³
Cargo volume: 23 ft³
Curb weight: 5069 lb
Top Speed: 108 mph
0-60: 7.9 sec
MPG: 16/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Crimson Red Tintcoat, Dark Chocolate Metallic, Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, Iridium Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Sparkling Silver Metallic, Summit White, White Frost Tricoat…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Safety Review

2017 Buick Enclave safety

New safety systems available with the Buick Enclave 2017 include blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alerts, a blind-spot monitor, and forward collision warnings. Existing ones include emergency braking assist, xenon high intensity discharge lamps, dusk sensing headlights, anti-theft alarm system, stability and traction control, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, 4-wheel ABS, and post-collision safety system, and engine immobilizer. The feds gave it a five out of five star rating for overall crash impact safety, and the IIHS a “Good” rating.

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2017 Buick Enclave exterior, white color, headlights and grille

2017 Buick Enclave trunk

2017 Buick Enclave side view, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Buick Enclave exterior, rear view, taillights and badges

2017 Buick Enclave exterior, red color, headlights and grille

2017 Buick Enclave side view, white color, alloy wheels

2017 Buick Enclave front view, white color, grille and badges

2017 Buick Enclave interior, leather front seats and sunroof

2017 Buick Enclave interior, leather back seats

2016 Buick Verano Release Date and Review

2016 Buick Verano Release Date, MPG, Interior, Engine – We can all agree that the products unmasked during this year’s Shanghai Motor Show had very little significance for would-be buyers here in the United States, but the entry of the new 2016 Buick Verano from China based automaker is sure the real deal. Unfortunately, the release date remains a closely guarded secret, at least for now.

2016 Buick Verano
2016 Buick Verano

The vehicle has in the past two years in its existence witnessed strong sales volumes, but last year saw some of the volumes drop a little and consequently put the Verano as Buick’s 4th best-selling vehicle in its line-up. For 2016, customers should expect important facelifts meant to resuscitate the dwindling fortunes.

2016 Buick Verano rear view, taillights

There are doubts casts as to whether the new Verano will debut in the U.S at the exact time in order to be labelled a 2016 year model, although already branded a 2016 year model in China. Turns out, the automaker was able to perfect in all that, as the vehicle has now been pronounced as a 2016 year model in North America.

2016 Buick Verano red color, exterior

Some of the novelties present in the fresh 2016 Buick Verano include the addition of a new trim model known as Sport Touring to the existing line-up. The vehicle will be unique in terms of a rear spoiler, 18” wheels, and other interior equipment.

Exterior Colors & Pictures – 2016 Buick Verano

The existing Buick Verano scores poorly in terms of its conservative styling and rumors suggests that the new 2016 Buick Verano will address just that in terms of the exterior facelift. The new styling will be remedied through the design inspiration of Buick Enclave and Buick LaCrosse.

2016 Buick Verano front
2016 Buick Verano front

The front fascia comes with horizontal headlights, and expressive blue translucent rings that circle around the projector beam. The grille also takes much of the front profile with its signature waterfall design, while the rear end design also features integrated exhaust outlets and massive LED taillights.

2016 Buick Verano back
2016 Buick Verano back

As was expected to feature in the production model are the hood vents that also feature prominently on the vehicle. My predictions were that they would be massive, but it turns out that are actually mid-sized and its surprising that they are located on the corners of the hood just below the windshields.

2016 Buick Verano front angle, grille and headlights

Undoubtedly, the vehicle has always had its unique personality, but the new vehicle seems to share the same design language as Chevrolet Cruz in terms of the front air intakes and lower bumper consequently giving the Verano a sharper and more confident look.

2016 Buick Verano Interior Changes & Styling

The interior of the new vehicle speaks for itself. It comes featuring all the latest offerings from Buick. Admittedly, my expectations were supposed judging from previous experiences. The cabin makes use of bespoke materials even for its base model. There is extensive use of metallic and wood trim accents throughout the cabin of the 2016 Buick Verano.

2016 Buick Verano steering wheel, lcd screen and leather seats

Also, Buick provided an option list for its surfaces. Customers can now choose between a fabric seating and a leatherette surface or a more premium quality leather surface. Furthermore, the dashboard now feels cleaner.

The center console bundles together all the pertinent features together, therefore eliminating in cluttering on the dashboard. This is especially good for those customers who may not be keen on searching for misplaced buttons and knobs.

2016 Buick Verano gear shift knob

Some of the standard features to expect include power driver’s seat, climate control, electronic parking brake, push-button start, QuietTuning technology, IntelliLink system, cloth upholstery, and OnStar 4G LTE.

Engine Specs – 2016 Buick Verano

Under the hood of the new vehicle is several engines. A standard 2.4L 4-cyl engine returns from the previous model. The powerplant is capable of cranking out 180 hp and 171 pounds of torque. The other engine is a 2L Ecotec turbo engine that is capable of generating 250 hp and 260 pounds of torque.

2016 Buick Verano engine

As per EPA ratings, the new 2016 Buick Verano is able to return 21/32 mpg in the city/highway. The transmission systems available include a Driver Shift Control and the highly rumored 7-speed DCT.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 105.7 in
Length: 183.9 in
Width: 71.4 in
Passenger volume: 91.0 ft³
Cargo volume: 14.3 ft³
Curb weight: 3300 lbs
Top Speed: 132 mph
0-60: 6,4 sec
MPG: 21/32 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic and Summit White
Towing Capacity: 1000 lbs

Price & Date of Release – 2016 Buick Verano

The pricing of the stunning new 2016 Buick Verano is still under wraps and is yet to be confirmed. However, if the 2015 model is anything to go by, we should expect the price of the 2016 Verano to be slightly below that of the previous year which retailed at $21,065.

2016 Buick Verano front view, black color