Changes For The 2011 Buick LaCrosse

GM recently announced that the 2011 Buick LaCrosse will incur an engine change, as the 3.0L V6 currently offered will be replaced by an Ecotec 2.4L I4 as the base engine for the car. The Ecotec 2.4 with direct injection puts out a respectable 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque with EPA ratings of 19 mpg in the cityand 30 mpg on the highway, and Buick expects approximately 25% of LaCrosse buyers to opt for the 2.4L.

Additionally – 2011 LaCrosse’s with the 3.6L V6 will have the option of adding all-wheel drive. During the 2010 model year, AWD was only available on cars equipped with the 3.0L V6. The 3.6 required a few modifications to be mated to the AWD system, and it looks like GM has listened to consumers and made the necessary changes.

On a side note, US sales figures were just released (still haven’t seen anything from this side of the border) and Buick and GMC dealers reported sales 54% higher than March of last year. Susan Docherty, GM vice president of marketing had this to say

“Our March results show continued progress toward our growth plan. By investing in our brands and remaining disciplined in our approach to the U.S. market, we posted solid results. Our new vehicles, like the Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse, GMC Terrain, and Cadillac SRX, are being well-received by customers for many good reasons, including quality, safety, excellent fuel economy, and higher resale values.”


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6 thoughts on “Changes For The 2011 Buick LaCrosse

  1. davisbuickgmc Post author

    Hi Drew, thanks for the question! The Regal will have the 2.4L Ecotec as its base motor – half way through the model year there is also going to be a 2.0L turbo available, with an optional 6-speed manual transmission to go along with it.

  2. davisbuickgmc Post author

    They started being built last month, so we are hoping to start receiving them by late spring/early summer. The GS – with the turbo – should be coming a few months after that. We can’t wait to have a few on the ground!

  3. Drew

    I am currently leasing a Malibu which comes due in July, so that is perfect timing for me. I like the looks of the Regal from the pictures I have seen on the internet and it is at the top of my list for my replacement comes summer. I will be first in line to take one for a drive when they get to the public.


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