Joining the popular Buick LaCrosse line in 2019 will be the new Sport Touring (ST) model. The Sport Touring (ST) model available this summer is positioned between the LaCrosse Premium and the LaCrosse Avenir.
The 2019 Buick LaCrosse ST brings a contemporary, spirited monotone theme to the LaCrosse model line with a body-color grille surround and side vents, which are otherwise finished in chrome on other LaCrosse models. Additionally, the ST features a subtle rear spoiler, black mesh grille, and “ST” badging on the trunk lid. In other words, it creates a presence without creating a scene.
On the interior, look for perforated leather-appointed heated and ventilated front seats with a lumbar massaging feature along with a heated steering wheel.
Powering the 2019 LaCrosse ST is the 3.6 L LGX V6, which develops 310 horsepower at 6800 rpm and 268 lb-ft of torque at 5200 rpm. The engine is a clean-sheet-of-paper design that features a deep-skirted aluminum block that’s stronger and stiffer than the previous 3.6 L V6. Topped by all-new aluminum cylinder heads featuring dual overhead camshafts with variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valves, the LGX engine also features a forged steel crankshaft, sinter-forged connecting rods, and polymer-coated pistons optimized for high-pressure direct fuel injection.
The LGX six-cylinder is mated to the newly-developed Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic transmission. For precise and smooth shifts, engineers utilized a specific strategy in the selection of the gearsets, clutches and torque converter. An internally-developed 32-bit transmission control module (TCM) commands all up and downshifting of the transmission to provide smooth and precise gear changes. The TCM also monitors transmission performance and compensates for normal wear in components such as clutch plates so that performance remains consistent through the life of the transmission.
Constructed on a chassis that features extensive use of high-strength steel, both for durability and collision-resistance, attached to this solid basis is a four-wheel independent suspension system consisting of a MacPherson Strut front suspension and a five-link rear suspension, offered with available electronically controlled continuous damping and spring loads from the body.
The LaCrosse also features an electric power steering system that provides variable effort – more assist at low speeds, less assist on the highway.
Braking is achieved by four-wheel Duralife brake rotors (12.6” front, 11.3” rear) with power assist, brake pre-fill, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution.
While well-equipped, there are a few option packages that can be added to the LaCrosse ST. Rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring with the Driver Confidence Package I, or a panoramic moonroof and rear power sunshade with the Sun and Shade Package. The Sights and Sounds package will add navigation to the 8-inch infotainment package, along with the added Bose premium audio system and HD radio capability. The 2019 Buick LaCrosse ST is available in one of five available exterior color options: White Frost Tricoat, Satin Steel Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Red Quartz Tintcoat and Ebony Twilight Metallic.
There are much more included and available features on the 2019 Buick LaCrosse that there’s not enough space to cover the standard dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, remote vehicle starter with keyless open and start, and many more. Your best bet is to stop by and talk to the Buick experts at Fletch’s Buick GMC Audi in Petoskey. They’ll walk you through all the standard features and available options so that you drive off with the perfect Buick for you.