Buick Lacrosse GL Concept Previews Pinnacle of Buick Luxury

By Carl Malek

Ever since Buick joined General Motor’s lineup of brands, it has always served as GM’s near-luxury brand sitting below top tier Cadillac when it came to sales and status. With the unveiling of the Buick Lacrosse GL Concept, the lines between the two brands may become harder to define.

Claiming to be inspired by “heirloom objects, fine cuisine, and various enriching experiences,” the designers assigned the task of creating an ultra luxurious Lacrosse  pulled out all the stops to help make the GL a symbol of understated Buick luxury. The exterior of the Lacrosse GL concept has received several unique touches that serve to distinguish it from lesser Lacrosse variants. These touches include the use of a special Cabernet red paint scheme with brushed and darkened chrome accents on the door handles, front fascia, and the 20 inch satin finished wheels which are similar in design to the hoops found on the Regal GS sport sedan.

However, it is the interior of the Lacrosse GL where the concept really sets itself apart from mainstream Lacrosse models. The two tone interior is finished in caramel chocochino and dark cocoa brown leather accents that are found on the dashboard and seats which is contrasted nicely with special ice blue stitching and ties the cabin in with Buick’s trademark blue ambient lighting setup. In addition to these touches, the headliner of the Lacrosse GL is wrapped in suede, additional brushed metal trim pieces are scattered throughout the interior, and the dash features the use of a specially designed wood grain that Buick claims was inspired by the ombre patina fade that is commonly found on vintage Les Paul Gibson guitars.

Buick claims that everything on the Lacrosse GL will serve as inspiration for upcoming Buick models, and it could very well be the best glimpse enthusiasts and Buick customers have at a possible top tier trim level for the brand’s largest sedan offering. Expect more details to be revealed when the Lacrosse GL concept makes its official debut November 16th at the L.A Auto Show.

Author: Carl Malek

Carl Malek is Autosavant’s resident German car fanatic and follower of all things General Motors. Carl first entered the world of automotive journalism as a freelance photographer during his freshman year of college before making the switch to automotive writing several years later. Carl developed an interest in cars at an early age, which helped him overcome the challenges of a learning disability in mathematics. In addition to writing for Autosavant community, Carl also contributes to many car forums and enjoys attending automotive events in the Metro Detroit area with his family. Carl’s message for others with learning disorders is to believe in yourself, be persistent, and face all challenges head on.

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2 Comments

  1. Nice, but you have to wonder where GM is going to price “near-luxury” below the Cadillac line. Right below or way below?

  2. This should make those Chinese executives that get chauffered around in their big Buicks over there very happy.

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