Tuesday, September 25, 2007

2008 Buick Lucerne Review

The Lucerne, the most prestigious sedan in the Buick fleet, gets a minor redesign for 2008 and comes in the following trim levels: CX, CXL, CXS, and Super. A 4-door sedan that can seat up to six, the Lucerne is powered either by a 3.8-liter V6 or a 4.6L 292hp (218 kW) Northstar V8. Buick in recent years has not garnered enthusiasm from younger buyers who look for more dynamic styling in a luxury automobile.

Options on the 2008 Buick Lucerne include cowhide-wrapped steering wheel and cowhide upholstered seats, and premium painted 17 inch aluminum wheels. Unique instrumentation treatment and fine detailing add style to the clean interior. Driver visibility is unimpaired and seating is comfortable and ergonomically configured.

Attention to the exterior of the new 2008 Buick Lucerne Super is first drawn to the assertive statement that the distinctive cascading chrome grille makes. Complimented by the clean headlight clusters, the front of the vehicle is fresh and expressive. The trademark four ports on the front quarter panel are redundant, while the clean character line that runs the length of the car is a unifying feature. The tail lights are plain and simple with an attractive chrome accent defining the lower trunk lid.

For 2008, Buick has relaunched the "Super" branding label, which represents an intended uptick in performance, quality, refinement, and status. The Lucerne Super has the big NorthStar V8 with more horsepower and lots more styling. It remains to be seen if the improvements in styling and performance will make much of an impression on folks who have grown to expect such amenities from Cadillac.

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