A name inspired from a radical, 1950s futuristic concept car from the mind of General Motors legendary designer Harley Earl, LeSabre had been associated with Buicks large vehicles since 1959. The nameplate rode on a family-focused vehicle belonging between the Buick brands smaller cars and more massive Park Avenue and Roadmaster. By the 1990s, the Buick LeSabre became a more subdued large car. Since a 1992 redesign, the only engine offered on the LeSabre was a six-cylinder powerplant. In 1998, the Buick LeSabre was fresh off a 1997 reworking of the front end. A 3.8-liter Series II V-6 engine generated 170 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque propelled the 1998 vehicle through a four-speed automatic transmission. The interior operates with a standard six-passenger configuration. However, later models of the Buick LeSabre were also available with a five-seat arrangement. A new generation LeSabre debuted in 2000 with a cleaner exterior style and an enhanced 205-horsepower engine. EyeCue heads-up display, StabiliTrak, RainSense windshield wipers were some of the advanced amenities available on the 2000 Buick sedan. The 2003 model year included a Celebration Edition version of the LeSabre featuring a blacked-out grille and chrome-plated 16-inch aluminum wheels. Black Cherry woodgrain trim was found inside the Celebration Edition. Despite remaining a reputable and popular nameplate with Buick for many years, the General Motors premium car division chose to replace it with the Buick Lucerne in 2006. The LeSabre name was continuously used for 47 years.