Buick introduced the new 2014 LaCrosse, an evolution of the LaCrosse we currently know.

The full-size LaCrosse offers for 2014 new interior and exterior design cues, advanced safety technologies and enhanced in-vehicle connectivity.

The 2014 LaCrosse is offered in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models and offers two powertrains: a 2.4L engine with eAssist light electrification technology or a 3.6L direct-injected V-6.

Each is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The eAssist system combines a 2384 cc 4-cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower with a 15 kilowatt belt-driven, liquid-cooled motor/generator unit and 15 kilowatt peak power lithium-ion battery system. This electric motor provides 79 pound-feet of torque.

All models feature Buick’s QuietTuning engineering process that reduces, blocks and absorbs unwanted noise from the LaCrosse’s cabin, making it one of the quietest in the segment.

New front and rear styling, featuring signature wing-shape LED daytime running lamps and LED wraparound tail lamps, complements its sculpted exterior design.

The interior is, in Buick’ opinion, more contemporary, with new seats, enhanced materials, redesigned central instrument panel and console – and an all-new, available Ultra Luxury Interior Package.

2014-Buick-LaCrosse-Int-668The cabin also incorporates Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system, with intuitive controls and natural voice recognition.

New radar- and camera-based safety features help surround the new LaCrosse with protection. They include Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation. GM’s patented Safety Alert Seat works with these features, providing seat vibration pulses indicating the direction of a potential crash threat.

Adaptive Cruise Control is also offered. It senses traffic in front of the LaCrosse to adjust vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerating again.

“We evolved the interior and exterior design, increased luxury amenities and materials, and enhanced the safety and personal technologies to give customers more reasons than ever to rediscover Buick,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing.

Globally, LaCrosse sales have exceeded 500,000 since its 2009 introduction and U.S. sales topped 57,000 in 2012.

This new LaCrosse makes its public debut at the New York International Auto Show, starting this week. We expect Buick will then reveal the fuel consumption ratings of this updated LaCrosse,