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.
Allow me to introduce myself. There’s a new sheriff in blogtown and his name is Marshon Rogers. I would like to personally welcome you to the official blog of Lou Fusz Buick GMC, your St. Louis Buick and GMC dealer. Working as a social media intern for Fusz Buick GMC, I’m a fresh face to the automotive blogging scene. Fortunately, I’ve got a lot on my mind and even MORE room to talk about it. I am super excited to be heading up this blog and offering entertaining, relevant, yet helpful information to the readers.
I must honestly say that before accepting the role of social media intern, I was totally unaware of the potential of directing social media from an automotive industry viewpoint. Also, I must confess that I was once one with the mindset that Buicks were cars for “The Golden Age” drivers. Typically when you think of Buick, you can visualize driving behind the elderly driver with a little bit of grey hair barely peeking from under the driver’s seat. Well, at least that’s my visual. Also, I thought that GMC’s were just makers of rugged pick-up trucks and big honkin SUV’s that you see on TV haulin’ it through the mud and hills. BOY OH BOY, WAS I WRONG!
Upon joining the Lou Fusz team, my perception of both Buick and GMC vehicles has changed. Let me first start by declaring my love for the GMC Terrain. I seriously LOVE the styling and design of it, especially the boxy shape and distinctive front grill. I could seriously see myself in one..ONYX BLACK…DENALI TRIM…riding like the wind!
Ok, now that that’s out of the way.
I would definitely encourage anyone who has had even the slightest curiosity about a Buick to stop in and look one over. By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the Shaq Buick LaCrosse commercial. Initially, I was convinced that they must have made some sort of Super LaCrosse for him to fit in (I mean, the man is like UBER FREAKIN TALL!). However, after spending a little time getting acquainted with the Buick family of vehicles, including the Regal and Verano, I’ve seen first hand exactly how spacious and sleek these cars are. They also pack quite a bit of power, which is enough to make me disassociate Buicks as the “granny car”.
This is just one of many blog posts that you will be seeing from me in this weekly blog series. I’m making it my personal goal to make this blog as helpful and entertaining as possible with a bit of randomness tossed in here and there. Hey, I’ve got an idea! To get the ball rolling, why don’t you follow us on Twitter @fuszbuickGMC and let us know what you think the most distinct characteristic of a Buick vehicle is with the hashtag #ItsABuick. Also, be sure to like Lou Fusz Buick GMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lfuszbuickgmc. I’m looking forward to your responses!
Well, until next time. PEACE OUT!