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.