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GM teases 2017 Buick LaCrosse ahead of LA debut

by Justin King

The grille shot reveals styling cues borrowed from the Avenir concept.

General Motors has released its first teaser image for the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.

The grille shot reveals styling cues borrowed from the Avenir, a concept revealed in Detroit as a future design direction for the sedan. Both share a chrome wing that emanates from the tri-shield logo in the center of the grille and visually connects to the crease above the headlight.

The Avenir introduced a sculpted design that draws inspiration from the 1954 Wildcat II concept. It is unclear if the next-generation production LaCrosse will closely follow other design features from the concept, such as a long hood and tapered rear end.

"The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same," said Buick VP Duncan Aldred. "Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models."

The LaCrosse will be built upon an all-new chassis that is both stronger and lighter than the current model. It promises to bring a more dynamic driving experience, with five-link rear suspension for a more responsive ride. Despite the handling improvements, GM claims it will take "Buick's signature quietness to a new threshold."

Additional details will likely be announced ahead of the 2017 LaCrosse's formal debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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