Last year, Buick launched a concept car that my buddy Chris and I spent a long time staring at. Its name was the Avenir, and we were convinced that we’d never see the company ever put its design language on the street. Luckily for us, Buick put its money where its mouth is, and gave us the new LaCrosse this year.
While it’s not an enthusiast’s first pick, I love the lines of the new design. Buick has based it on the new Impala’s chassis (shared also with the XTS), so I expect a smooth ride, quiet interior, and comfortable seats. So, in other words, exactly what Buick does quite well. With Buick having launched the Avista at Detroit this past month (more on that in a few days), I think we’re all looking at a new direction for Buick–and this time, I’m not cracking jokes. Enjoy the photos of Buick’s new standard-bearer–and stay tuned for Thursday’s breakdown of the new LaCrosse, Avenir, and Avista concept.
-Albert S. Davis