Opel Getting Next-Generation Lacrosse, Enclave
Buick, Opel sharing even more products going forward.
May 31, 2011
By: Nick Saporito
Over two years ago GMI reported that General Motors brass was looking to align the Buick lineup with that of the Opel lineup in Europe, going as far as potentially selling Buick models as Opel’s in Europe. Well, according to GMI sources, those plans are now officially in motion.
In an effort to better align the Buick and Opel brands, the next-generation Buick Enclave and Lacrosse will likely be sold in Europe under the Opel nameplate. The current Enclave and Lacrosse are already global products, with both being sold in China and the Lacrosse being sold in South Korea under the Alpheon nameplate.
The next Enclave will be the first Buick to star as an Opel in the 2015 model-year. As of today the Enclave is expected to remain on GM’s Lambda crossover architecture. GMI has also been told that the Enclave could end up utilizing four-cylinder engines in the next generation, which would be a near must for the European market. On a related note, the 2013 Enclave is expected to receive minor tweaks for the North American market.
In the following year the next-generation Buick Lacrosse will head to Europe as well. Sources familiar with development of the Epsilon platform state that the new Lacrosse will slim down both in size and weight, and likely follow the Regal’s philosophy of four-cylinder only engine options. Lacrosse is also expected to gain the next-generation of GM’s eAssist technology and a new parking assist feature that GM is working on.
Both Buick’s will likely play flagship roles in the Opel lineup, which could mean the Lacrosse will spell the revival of the Omega nameplate within the Opel stable.
The additions to the Buick-Opel tie up further solidifies that the two brands are going to be sharing more than just the Regal/Insignia going forward. Now if only Opel would share the Astra hatch with Buick…