To Drive On, the biggest improvement in the new General Motors is quality of interiors. The outside styling is acceptable, but the new dashboard designs, seat and interior stitching and other touches inside GM vehicles really stand apart. That’s why we’re intrigued by a new Buick LaCrosse GL concept.
The LaCrosse was already a luxe vehicle, but this new GL concept making its debut next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show is aimed at taking it a step above.
Rich Corinthian leather wouldn’t stand a chance here. Buick’s color and trim designers worked from a palette of cabernet red, dark cocoa brown and caramel. They looked to club chairs as a model when it came to the upholstery of the car seats. Smooth glove-style suede is used for the headliner.
“The design cues that already distinguish the production LaCrosse – such as the premium leather-upholstered seats, ice-blue ambient lighting and soft touch surfaces – are amplified in the GL and serve as inspiration for future Buick models,” said David Lyon, executive director of design.
LaCrosse GL’s cabernet red exterior paint is complemented by brushed and tinted chrome accents on the grille, door handles and deck lid, as well as around the windows, taillights and headlights. Machine-face, satin-finish, 20-inch rims fill the wheel wells for a firmly planted appearance.
“The brushed and tinted chrome trim gives the GL a more subdued appearance than if we had used bright chrome. The overall effect is more in keeping with Buick’s quietly confident aesthetic,” said Magdalena Kokoszynska, creative designer on LaCrosse GL.