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New for 2011-Buick

New for 2011-Buick

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010

Buick introduces an all-new Regal sedan

All other models in the automaker's lineup receive minor updates

New for 2011-BuickHistory
Buick is an American automaker that traces its roots back to 1899. In 1903, founder David Dunbar Buick incorporated his growing shop into the Buick Motor Company. The company released the Model B in 1904. That first car was a vehicle that would carry the automaker through the end of its first decade. By 1915, Buick had changed direction, and successfully moved upscale as a luxury brand. As market demands called for a different type of product near end of the century, the automaker introduced its first sport utility crossover, called the Rendezvous, in 2001. Today's lineup includes the Lacrosse, the all-new European-based Regal, and the 8-passenger Enclave sport utility.

Today, Buick manufactures a range of passenger automobiles and sport utility vehicles. These include 4-door sedans and SUVs with up to 5-passenger seating capacities. Models include both front- and all-wheel drive with gasoline powerplants. Buick vehicles are manufactured in North America and sold around the world.

2011 Buick Models at a Glance

2011 Enclave

2011 Buick Enclave

The Buick Enclave is a full-size crossover sport utility vehicle that debuted for the 2008 model year. It shares platforms with the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. The unibody-platform Enclave was introduced to replace the truck-based Buick Rainer, and minivan-based Buick Rendezvous.

Like all of GM's Lambda-based crossovers, the Enclave is fitted with a standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive (designed for inclement weather) optional. Normal passenger capacity is seven, but an optional second row bench seat (replacing captain's chairs) increases seating capacity to eight. The Buick Enclave is able to tow 4,500 pounds when properly equipped. Buick has made minor changes to the Enclave for 2011 - the updates include new 19-inch alloy wheels (with a chrome finish) and several new exterior paint colors.

Highlights

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Four trim levels: Enclave CX FWD, Enclave CV AWD, Enclave CXL FWD, and Enclave CXL AWD
  • Standard 3.6-liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 288 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 8-passenger seating (when properly configured)
  • NEW 19-inch, 9-spoke chrome wheels (standard on CXL2, optional on CXL1)
  • NEW Exterior colors: Cyber Gray Metallic, Dark Ming Blue and Gray Green Metallic

2011 LaCrosse

2011 Buick LaCrosse

The Buick LaCrosse is a midsize sedan. It initially debuted as a 2005 model, replacing the Buick Century and Buick Regal. The first-generation model shared platforms with the Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Standard power for the front-wheel drive vehicle at its introduction was a 3.6-liter V-6, but Buick offered a larger 5.3-liter V-8 in its "Super" model when it arrived in 2008.

In 2010, Buick introduced a completely-redesigned LaCrosse, sharing platforms with the Saab 9-5 and Opel Insignia. This European-based vehicle was slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor. In addition to a new all-wheel drive option, the redesigned LaCrosse was no longer offered with V-8 power. The standard engine was a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder (introduced late) or a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder. New just last year, Buick has only made minor changes to the LaCrosse for 2011. These include making the 4-cylinder engine standard on base models (along with electrically-operated power steering) and adding an optional tire repair kit.

Highlights

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Four trim levels: LaCrosse CX, LaCrosse CXL, and LaCrosse CXS
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 182 horsepower
  • Standard 3.6-liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 280 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard 2.4-liter "Ecotec" engine (on CX and CXL FWD models)
  • NEW Variable-ratio electric power steering (2.4-liter models)
  • NEW Available tire repair kit

2011 Lucerne

2011 Buick Lucerne

The Buick Lucerne is a full-size sedan that replaced the Buick Park Avenue and Buick LeSabre when it debuted for the 2006 model year. The Lucerne is fitted with a standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine. However, the Lucerne is unique in that it is also offered with GM's Northstar V-8 powerplant in the Lucerne Super model-the first Buick with a V-8 since the Buick Roadmaster was discontinued in 1996.

Built in GM's Detroit plant (alongside the Cadillac DTS), the Lucerne offers 5-passenger seating in standard configurations. However, the split front seats may be replaced with a bench seat, to deliver a traditional full-size 6-passenger cabin. Buick has made minor changes to the Lucerne for 2011. These include technology upgrades (a new USB port in the center console) and two new audio packages. Lastly, GM's "Stabilitrak" (stability control system) with traction control is now standard across the Lucerne model range.

Highlights

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Four trim levels: Lucerne CX, Lucerne CXL, Lucerne EXL, and Lucerne Super
  • Standard 3.6-liter 6-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 227 horsepower
  • Optional 4.6-liter 8-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 292 horsepower (Lucerne Super)
  • Standard 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 6-passenger seating (when properly configured)
  • NEW USB port added to the center console (5-passenger models only)
  • NEW Stabilitrak with traction control now standard
  • NEW Two new audio system packages, including one with an available navigation system (5-passenger models only)

2011 Regal

2011 Buick Regal

The Buick Regal is a midsize sedan. The first-generation Regal was introduced in 1973. The era of rear-wheel drive Regal models ended in 1988, when the company introduced the third-generation model. Today, the Buick Regal is in its fifth-generation, having been completely redesigned for the 2011 model year.

Like the Buick LaCrosse, the new Regal is built on GM's Epsilon II platform (shared with the Saab 9-5, Opel Insignia, Vauxhall Insignia, and Daewoo Alpheon). Currently manufactured in Germany, the all-new Buick Regal has a sportier demeanor than any Regal before it. While it retains the popular front-engine front-wheel drive powertrain arrangement, the new model features a wide track and aggressive stance - both characteristics are engineered to improve handling.

At first, the 2011 Buick Regal will only be available in one trim level; the upgraded "CXL" model. However, it will be offered with a choice between two engines (2.4-liter 4-cylinder or a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder) both mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. In the future, a high-performance "GS" model (fitted with an upgraded 255 horsepower version of the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine) is expected to arrive, along with all-wheel drive variants and models with a traditional 6-speed manual transmission.

Highlights

  • All-new for 2011
  • One trim level: Regal CXL
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 182 horsepower
  • Optional 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 220 horsepower
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • 5-passenger seating (when properly configured)

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