What word could be used to describe this week for Buick? Only one comes to mind. MAJOR!
This week, the affordable-luxury brand was the center of attention of several websites and blogs with the unveiling of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars. Both cars saw subtle yet stylish tweaks in exterior design as well as fresh updates in interior technology and features. Both the LaCrosse and Regal where introduced at the 2013 New York International Auto Show and instantly generated buzz on their redesigns as Buick continues to target a more youthful consumer base.
The interior of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse was the recipient of the most noticeable change in design and functionality. The color display of the instrument panel has bumped up to eight inches and is enhanced by an update in the IntelliLink system, which allows for easier customization and better voice command recognition. A new Ultra Luxury Interior Package option offers a classy touch up with revised consoles, door panels and accents of ash wood trim and suede.
Without compromising its sophisticated exterior appearance, the LaCrosse’s front end has undergone a slight face lift This distinguishable update is seen in the update with the addition of LED trimmed headlamps is complimented by the bold signature chrome accented grille. The LED addition continues on the back with restyled rear lighting and also a touch of chrome accenting. While there weren’t many major changes to the exterior or under the hood this year, there will be an option to bump up to 20″ wheels.
The 2014 Regal, which has been proclaimed as the “athlete” of the Buick family, will be available with an All-Wheel Drive option. The Regal Turbo gains a bit of muscle with the addition of 39 horsepower and 35 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter engine. The exterior receives the same LED light updates and chrome accenting seen in the LaCrosse.
On the inside of the Turbo addition, the instrument gauge cluster and infotainment system provides a new 4.2-inch color display for drivers to see information for the vehicle, navigation and audio systems while the Regal GS sees an eight-inch configurable gauge display. Also, the overall reduction of buttons on the center console offers a more user-friendly and clean platform.
The LaCrosse is set to start rolling out in US dealerships this summer, while the Regal shows up in the fall. More information about the LaCrosse can be seen in the videos below. Information for the Regal will be uploaded as it becomes available from the official Buick YouTube channel. Make sure you check back as more 2014 vehicles are unveiled.