2008 Buick Lucerne

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What Changed for 2008:
  • New top-of-the-line Lucerne Super model with a 292-hp V-8 engine

  • New optional side blind-zone alert

  • New optional lane-departure warning system

  • Standard XM satellite radio

  • Black grille standard on Lucerne CXS

  • Stability control optional on Lucerne CX and CXL

  • Lucerne CXL no longer available with a V-8 engine

  • Revised option packages

  • Four new exterior colors
The Buick Lucerne made its debut in 2006, when it replaced both the LeSabre and Park Avenue to become Buick's largest and most luxurious car. The 4-door Lucerne features some of GM's more innovative technologies, including Magnetic Ride Control-a feature heretofore found only on the Chevrolet Corvette-as well as new side blind-zone alert and lane-departure warning systems. The sedately-styled Lucerne features Buick's legendary portholes on the front fenders: Three portholes per side indicate V-6 power, while four portholes per side denote a V-8 engine. The two newest additions to the Buick Lucerne lineup are the Lucerne Super and Lucerne CXL Special Edition. Developed by GM's Performance Division, the Lucerne Super features a 292-hp V-8 engine (with 17 hp more than the V-8 engine in the Lucerne CXS), stiffer suspension, and unique styling cues. CXL Special Edition offers either a 197-hp V-6 or 275-hp V-8 engine, three distinct exterior colors, and exterior and interior unique badging and appointments.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Buick Lucerne is available in five trim levels: CX, CXL, CXL Special Edition, CXS and Super. The Lucerne CX features power windows, locks, and mirrors; 6-way power driver's seat; air conditioning; remote keyless entry; CD/MP3 player; XM satellite radio; cruise control; alloy wheels; and OnStar. Options on the Lucerne CX include a sunroof; Comfort and Convenience package (heated outside mirrors, dual-zone climate control, HomeLink transmitter and a power front passenger's seat); Driver Confidence package (remote vehicle start, rear park assist, alarm, rain-sensing wipers and electronic stability control); and the new side blind-zone alert and lane-departure warning system.

The Lucerne CXL has the Comfort and Convenience package and leather seats. In addition to the CX options, the CXL is available with a Luxury package (including 8-way front seats with heat, power lumbar adjustment and memory for the driver's seat and mirrors); a heated steering wheel; and heated/cooled front seats. CXL Special Edition models are equipped with unique 17-inch chrome-clad wheels, chrome grille, new rear fascia and decklid badging, as well as perforated leather seat inserts and contrast seat, console armrest and door trim stitching. Three special colors are available for this model: Dark Mocha Metallic, White Diamond Tricoat and Crystal Red Tintcoat. The Lucerne CXS includes a V-8 engine, magnetic ride control, and the Driver Confidence and Luxury packages. The new Lucerne Super includes all of the features that are standard on the CXS and adds a more powerful V-8 engine; firmer suspension; unique interior with leather-wrapped instrument panel upper with French seam stitching; suede trim; heated real walnut wood-accented steering wheel; walnut wood shifter; 18-inch aluminum wheels; and a power-operated, tilt-and-telescoping steering column.

Buick Lucerne CX and CXS models are powered by Buick's 3800 Series III V-6, a 3.8-liter engine that turns out 197 hp at 5200 rpm and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. The Lucerne CXL gets a 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 with 32 valves and dual overhead camshafts; output is 275 hp at 6000 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400 rpm. CXL Special Edition has either the 275-hp 4.6-liter V-8 or the 197-hp 3.8-liter V-6 engine. The Lucerne Super features a special version of the 4.6-liter V-8 engine tuned for 292 hp at 6300 rpm and 288 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. All 2008 Buick Lucernes have a 4-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the V-6 engine; 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway for the CXL V-8 engine; and 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway for the Lucerne Super V-8 engine. Premium fuel is recommended, but not required, for the V-8 engines, while V-6 models run on regular unleaded fuel.

All 2008 Buick Lucerne models feature front air bags; front-seat-mounted side air bags; two-row side curtain air bags; and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. Electronic stability control is optional on the Lucerne CX and CXL, and standard on Lucerne CXS and Super. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, a 2007 Buick Lucerne, which is structurally identical to the 2008 model, received a perfect 5 stars in the frontal collision, 4 of 5 stars for both front and rear passenger protection in the side collision, and 5 stars in the rollover test.

The Buick Lucerne's Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) system, available on CXS and Super trims (and first introduced on the Corvette), uses a specially designed fluid in the shock absorbers that thickens when a magnetic charge is applied, allowing a nearly instantaneous change in the stiffness of the shocks. MRC enables the vehicle's suspension to provide a soft ride, but in the event of sudden shock movement-such as would occur in a quick turn or swerve-the MRC system instantly firms up the Lucerne's shocks, providing better handling response and vehicle control.

QuietTuning, Buick's solution to reduce, block and absorb noise, is standard on Lucerne Super and Lucerne CXL Special Edition models. Features of this approach include laminated side glass, noise-reducing side-view mirrors, double-isolated powertrain mounting system, and \"structureless\" low-profile windshield wiper blades. A specially-tuned exhaust note on Lucerne Super contributes to a more hushed, yet powerful and refined driving experience, Buick says. Other technology features include a premium 280-watt, 9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system with 6-disc CD changer and MP3 player, and optional touch-screen navigation.

New for 2008 on the Lucerne are the side blind-zone alert and lane-departure warning system. The side blind-zone alert uses side-facing radar sensors at the vehicle's corners to scan for moving objects within a 150-degree arc and an approximately 11-foot range from the vehicle's rear corners. If the system detects an object in the driver's blind spot, it triggers a warning light in the Lucerne's rearview mirror. The lane-departure warning system uses a camera mounted near the Lucerne's rearview mirror to detect lane markings and sounds an alert if the car drifts from its lane.

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