Not too long ago, Buick introduced as new trim package to the 2016 Encore called the Sport Touring variant, offering up a sportier version of the mini-crossover complete with aesthetic upgrades, tweaks here and there, and even some more power.
However, the Sport Touring package is no longer bespoke to the Encore as Buick officially announced to be offering the 2016 LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano sedans with the same treatment.
Similarly to the Encore, the trio of sedans gain a set of new 18-inch wheels with machined surfaces and blacked-out “pockets” to separate them from non-Sport Touring versions. And…that’s about it.
There are other changes though on the inside, including the standardization of Buick’s latest IntelliLink infotainment system on all three sedans. OnStar’s new 4G LTE WiFi support and hotspot are also made standard.
However, unlike the 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring version, the LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano Sport Touring don’t benefit from any extra power boost. And that’s a bit of a shame, since more power, is always better…in most cases.
For the full press release, scroll down below.
Buick Expands 2016 Sport Touring Lineup
Distinctive sedans join Enclave Tuscan Edition, Encore Sport Touring
DETROIT – Buick unveiled 2016 LaCrosse, Regal and Verano Sport Touring (ST) models today – sedans with distinctive exterior cues designed to set them apart from the pack.
Each features special 18-inch wheels with machined faces and black “pockets,” and a rear spoiler. They join the Enclave Tuscan Edition and recently announced Encore Sport Touring as special models expanding Buick’s lineup with more design-focused choices.
“Buick is reaching an all-new generation of customers by reinventing itself in terms of design, function and capabilities,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “These new ST models underscore the importance of design choices, while complementing the safety, refinement and connectivity technologies that are drawing new customers to Buick dealerships.”
The new Sport Touring sedans – and Encore Sport Touring – go on sale this fall.
LaCrosse Sport Touring includes Buick IntelliLink with Apple CarPlay capability, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, remote start, eight standard air bags (including rear-seat thorax air bags) and leather-trimmed seats – with heated front seats.
Regal Sport Touring includes a standard rear-vision camera system, heated front seat and leather-trimmed front and rear seats. It also comes with Buick IntelliLink with Apple CarPlay capability and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot.
Verano Sport Touring includes dual-zone climate control, eight-way-adjustable power driver’s seat and heated front seats, along with Buick IntelliLink and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot.
Experience Buick Protection on all 2016 Buick models includes the first two visits of scheduled maintenance services for two years/24,000 miles, whichever occurs first. It complements Buick’s four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and six-year/70,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.
– By: Chris Chin