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Buick delivers modern elegance with new LaCrosse sedan (pictures)

Buick unveiled a restyled LaCrosse large sedan at the Los Angeles auto show, following on the elegant styling direction of its earlier Avenir concept vehicle.

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LOS ANGELES -- The 2017 Buick LaCrosse made its first appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show, a redesigned large premium sedan with front-wheel-drive taking its design direction from the Buick Avenir concept shown at this year's Detroit auto show.

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No LED headlights yet on the LaCrosse, as Buick sticks with traditional high-intensity discharge lamps.

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Under the hood the LaCrosse benefits from a new generation of GM's 3.6-liter direct injected V-6. Good for 305 horsepower, it uses idle-stop technology and cylinder deactivation to save fuel.

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Buick increases the size of the LaCrosse slightly, improving interior space, and adds sound-deadening material to promote a quieter cabin.

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With electric power steering, Buick adds lane keeping assist to the LaCrosse, adding steering input to prevent lane drift.

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A fastback design puts the back glass at a heavily raked angle leading down toward the trunk, while rear fenders gain prominence without looking too aggressive.

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The Buick badge gains some color, while the twin exhausts are hidden in the rear fascia.

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In the GM family, Buick is intended as a premium brand, short of Cadillac's luxury segment, yet the cabin materials here look very upscale.

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The LaCrosse treats rear-seat passengers to their own climate control.

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Buick fits the instrument cluster with an 8-inch color LCD, allowing for extensive informational screens.

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A new eight-speed automatic transmission helps with the fuel economy, and Buick minimizes the shifter size in the cabin.

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Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system uses an 8-inch touchscreen and supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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