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2005 BUICK LaCROSSE: INTERIOR DESIGN

Interior designers and engineers for the 2005 Buick LaCrosse had one mutual objective: create an outstanding environment that fully delivers on the promise of LaCrosse's sleek yet elegant exterior styling.

The result is an interior that has been expertly crafted to underscore the Buick tradition of comfort, elegance and spaciousness, while adding conveniences and innovative features throughout the vehicle that drivers and passengers alike will immediately appreciate.

"The latest industry battleground has moved inside the vehicle, where automakers must create interiors in which owners will actually want to spend time," said Christopher J. Gamble, design manager of instrumentation and components for LaCrosse. "Creating such an environment is more important than ever for us, as Buick establishes itself as a premium yet attainable automotive brand to a new generation of consumers."

Significant emphasis was placed on Buick's goal of providing best-in-class interior quietness, under a comprehensive engineering initiative called "QuietTuning." Virtually every area of the chassis and body structure was tuned to reduce unwanted road, wind and engine noise and vibration.

"Certainly, a quiet interior is a major part of the LaCrosse's interior environment," said Gamble. "The whole interior experience is a calm, elegant ride, with beautiful, precision pieces made from high quality, premium materials, coming together like a well-tailored suit or designer evening gown.

"Such an interior should allow one to close the doors and windows, and with it the noise and stress of the outside world. And when you leave your driveway or the parking lot, this calmness and serenity remains intact through a quiet, smooth ride." (QuietTuning details in Ride and Handling section.)

While owners have lauded the Century and Regal sedans for their comfort, the 2005 Buick LaCrosse has more usable interior space, including increased rear legroom and front and rear hip room. Additionally, LaCrosse's instrument cluster hood directly in front of the driver is about 3 inches lower, creating a more spacious and open feeling.

A premium look and feel throughout

Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the 2005 Buick LaCrosse is its overall feeling of interior craftsmanship and attention to detail, right from the moment the front doors are opened to reveal brushed aluminum, elliptically shaped sill plates embossed with the Buick name in chrome.

Also immediately apparent are the premium, soft touch materials used throughout the interior. Surface forms directly interrelate with each other through flush fits and extremely tight gap tolerances, suggesting a high level of attention to detail that is pleasing to the customer.

"The combination of premium materials, and how all these materials and forms relate to each other in terms of precision fit, is what instantly communicates an overall impression of high quality," said Gamble. "In fact, attention to detail inside an automobile can be even more crucial to consumers than any other area, because this is where they spend the most time."

Chrome and burl wood finishes are used as accents on all LaCrosse models to convey Buick's premium standing. Incorporating a film transfer that is as durable as real wood, burl applications are used to separate the upper and lower instrument panel, surround the door-mounted window and lock switches, and accent the console-mounted shifter head and shift plate.

Chrome appointments are clear-coated and positioned to specifically avoid reflective glare. Applications include accent trim across the instrument panel, around the cluster gauges, and on the ventilation toggles and adjusters. The interior door handles, made from cast zinc for a solid feel, are also chromed.

A large, chromed Buick emblem is prominently positioned in the center of the leather-wrapped steering wheel, replacing the conventional molded-in design for a higher quality appearance. The emblem is made of a pliable, rubberized plastic to eliminate potential injury in the event of an impact. The steering wheel has both tilt and telescopic adjustments as standard on CXL and CXS models.

Following the mandate to use only premium materials throughout the LaCrosse's cabin, the headliner is made from an elegant woven fabric, replacing the "mouse fur" material seen in many other midsize sedans. This premium fabric has been successfully benchmarked against similar applications in selected European sedans. The front sun visors, which are extendable and equipped with vanity mirrors on all models, are covered in the same premium fabric. The rear parcel shelf is made of a similarly textured material.

'Suit-to-taste' seating flexibility

While the LaCrosse CX is equipped with cloth seats, the CXL and CXS models, which are expected to account for a combined 70 percent of total sales, have seat surfaces covered in premium Nuance leather, a material more common in high-end luxury vehicles. Surfaces are sewn in a "gathered stitch" French seam pattern, providing a more expensive look and feel as well as added durability. Non-seating surfaces, such as the seat sides, are covered in a new material called "protein vinyl," in which vinyl and silk are milled together to create a more supple surface that feels like leather, but with much better durability.

All LaCrosse models have a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat as standard, and seatback storage pockets large enough to carry books or a laptop computer. A power-assisted front passenger seat is available on CXL and CXS models, as are heated front seats. In the rear, a 60/40 split folding seatback (available on CX; standard on CXL and CXS) provides access to the trunk without losing the convenience of a center-mounted armrest with integrated cupholders.

Innovative 'flip-and-fold' storage system

To meet a wider array of customer requirements, the 2005 Buick LaCrosse is offered in either a five- or six-passenger seating configuration. In the five-passenger models, a wide center armrest provides a deep, multi-function storage area that holds up to eight CDs, an integrated coin holder and a power outlet. The forward edge of the armrest/console has a molded-in penholder. Rear of the shifter is an innovative open storage bin with an articulating arm that serves a dual purpose as a multi-sized, adjustable cupholder.

Six-passenger models feature an innovative "flip-and-fold" storage system that doubles as a center front seat cushion for a third passenger. When stowed, the system provides the room and convenience of a front bench seat. All six-passenger models have a steering column-mounted shifter in place of the console-mounted location.

The flip-and-fold system itself is divided into an upper and lower section for added flexibility. The upper section can be pulled down and used as an armrest when three-abreast seating is not required. When the upper armrest lid is lifted, access is provided to a storage area, including space for eight CD cases. A cargo net on the underside of the armrest lid is large enough to hold road maps or a cellular phone.

When fully articulated, the lower console provides access to multi-sized dual cupholders and a small storage compartment. The rear portion of the lower console has an accessory power outlet and a neoprene-lined tray large enough to store purses or day-planners.

Comfort and convenience features standard on all 2005 Buick LaCrosse include:

- Remote keyless entry.
- GM's OnStar driver assistance and navigation system with one-year Safe & Sound service.
- Retained accessory power for 10 minutes after ignition is switched off or until a door is opened.
- Battery-saver feature.
- Full interior illumination, including glove box, delayed entry/exit with theater-style dimming, front footwell and map lights, rear courtesy lights, and cargo compartment light.
- Air conditioning.
- Power windows with express-down driver's window.
- Six-way power driver's seat.
- Tilt-adjustable steering wheel.
- Automatic programmable power door locks, with lockout protection.
- ETR AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player, six speakers and speed compensated volume control.

Notable available features include:

- Power sliding sunroof.
- Automatic dual-zone air conditioning.
- Heated front seatbacks and bottom cushions.
- Remote vehicle start system from nearly 500 feet, with interior climate preconditioning.
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel column (standard on CXL and CXS; available on CX).
- Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio, cruise control and cabin temperature.
- Three-channel Homelink universal transmitter.
- In-dash temperature/compass display, with multi-function driver information center.
- Stereo system upgrades include in-dash six-disc CD changer, MP3-compatible system.
- XM Satellite Radio capability (continental U.S. only).

Interior colors for the 2005 Buick LaCrosse include either a two-tone Light Steel Gray, or two-tone Taupe combination for the CX and CXL versions. CXL and CXS models are also available in Ebony, while the CXS has an additional choice of an Ebony (upper) and Taupe (lower) color combination.
 

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I don't understand the interior color type:
(ALL OF THEM)
1. Taupe
2. Ebony
3. Light Steel Gray


Is this right?
Is the Ebony going to be like the color in the XLR??? WOW, that is beautiful
 

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:D This may be STUPID what I say but I like Chevy Cobalt's leather seats better, they look softer. Lacrosse's seats look very nice nice but too close to other Buicks
 

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The interior is the best iv seen in a GM car
 
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