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The New Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring Trim Added for 2019

2019 Buick LaCrosse

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse is getting a new Sport Touring trim, and here at Ron Smith Buick GMC, we’re excited to welcome it for the latest model year. This trim will add luxury features and sophisticated styling, accentuating the already refined LaCrosse.

According to The News Wheel, the Sport Touring, or ST, trim will get body-color accents, a distinct grille, and 19-inch alloy wheels. One of the most notable design changes is the new rear spoiler, a subtle yet bold addition to make the LaCrosse sportier than ever. There are also some minor touches, like added badging and five color options. The wheels are also finished in Midnight Silver.

“The LaCrosse ST emphasizes the importance of design, while also complementing the safety, refinement and technology of our flagship sedan,” said Phil Brook, Buick and GMC Marketing Vice President. “The LaCrosse exemplifies what we mean by attainable luxury, offering Buick’s signature QuietTuning, spirited and efficient performance, and the latest in-car connectivity all at a tremendous value to customers.”

The LaCrosse lineup also includes the 1SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. Like these five other trims, the Sport Touring comes with a nine-speed transmission and a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 310 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque.

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse Design Gets a Facelift

2019 Buick LaCrosse

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse is expected to arrive at dealerships later this year with a revamped style that sets it apart on the road. This is one luxury car that’s bound to impress friends and family alike, and we can’t wait to offer it here at Ron Smith Buick GMC in Merced, CA.

According to Motor 1, the new 2019 LaCrosse design will include LED brake lighting, dual exhaust tips, and sleeker contours. The most significant change will be to the front fascia, which has new cues that give the LaCrosse a more aggressive look than before. The LaCrosse’s front will also feature a larger grille. The headlights will be sleeker, providing the LaCrosse with a refreshed but familiar style.

The LaCrosse will also be offered in a brand-new Sport Touring trim level, which will offer a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, unique blacked-out features, body-color accents, and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

The LaCrosse will likely carry over some of the powertrain technologies from the 2018 model. The current version has a 194-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with light electrification, which is itself a recent innovation. There’s also the previously mentioned

2019 Buick Lineup to Drop Brand Name from Vehicles

2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid

Brand name recognition is a big deal. Word of mouth and having a recognizable logo are major marketing tactics in the business world. And it seems that, in time for the 2019 Buick lineup, Buick has achieved the ultimate goal of gaining customers who can recognize the brand’s vehicles from logo alone. Buick recently announced plans to drop the brand’s name from the 2019 Buick lineup, relying entirely on the tri-shield logo for brand recognition.

This marketing decision comes in the wake of a survey conducted by Buick at the beginning of 2017, the results of which showed that 73 percent of drivers could recognize Buick vehicles from the logo alone. It’s also another strategic move by the brand to switch up expectations and preconceptions of Buick. In the past, the Buick name was associated with an older target demographic, while the automaker is currently aiming to appeal to a broader (and younger) audience. Dropping the Buick name from the back of its vehicles will also leave room for the new Avenir sub-brand badging.

The new Buick lineup, soon to be available at Ron Smith Buick GMC, will continue to deliver the brand’s “attainable luxury” while also building and expanding the new Avenir sub-brand. By leaving off the Buick name, the brand is taking another step towards revamping its image.

2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Overview

2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid

While the 2017 model comes stocked with just one engine, a gas-powered V6 that delivers optimal efficiency and performance, the 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid will change that as the entry-level luxury brand aims to become more than your average automaker. The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid takes over as the base model for the upcoming model year.

The 2018 LaCrosse Hybrid features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor and battery. That combination delivers respectable performance and fuel economy. The new LaCrosse Hybrid also marks the return of eAssist technology.

The new hybrid powertrain replaces the existing V-6 engine, resulting in better fuel economy and performance. General Motors (GM) estimates that the hybrid powertrain will deliver an impressive 194 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque. While that isn’t as much power as the V-6 engine’s 310 horsepower, the hybrid powertrain will earn a GM-estimated 25/35 MPG City/Highway*.

Full-size sedans like the LaCrosse tend to struggle when it comes to fuel economy, making the 2018 LaCrosse Hybrid stand out from the crowd. But if you prefer the previous engine system, don’t fret. The V-6 engine and all-wheel drive system are still available options on the 2018 model.

We here at Ron Smith Buick GMC can’t wait for the new 2018 LaCrosse Hybrid to finally hit roadways!

*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

2018 Buick Regal

Sporty and Bold: The 2018 Regal TourX is Truly Adventurous

The new 2018 Regal TourX is perfect for your next adventure. This model comes with a bold exterior design, spacious seating, and added cargo room. Plus, with the innovative all-wheel drive system, the new TourX is making the Regal more than just a luxury sedan. Read on to learn more about the Regal TourX.2018 Buick Regal

According to Buick, this new model comes with a few notable features. This includes a taller ride height to ensure ground clearance, standard roof rails for added cargo space, and standard intelligent AWD. You’ll also find an active-twin clutch system to optimize performance on rugged terrain, while the long back-end provides a signature look you just can’t find elsewhere.

“Regal TourX is a crossover in the truest sense of the word, with the drive dynamics of a car and the versatility of an SUV,” said Duncan Aldred, VP of Buick. “TourX enters a vibrant segment with passion and youthful energy where drivers are able to experience the new Buick.”

Other highlights include the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, offering up to 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque without sacrificing fuel economy. An eight-speed transmission is smooth shifting, while upper-level trims get special logo lamps and a hands-free power liftgate. Stop by Ron Smith Buick GMC to check out the Buick Regal today.

Buick’s New Ad: “Not So Pee Wee Football”

The ads during the big game are the primary reason many viewers tune in every year. The creative, and usually expensive, ads offer a look into movies, messages, and products that aren’t usually put on such a display at any other point throughout the year. Buick’s ad put the Cascada convertible and Encore crossover on display.

Buick’s new ad starred football player Cam Newton and super model Miranda Kerr both on the sidelines and on the field of a pee wee football game. Rumors had suggested the two stars would take the spotlight alongside two Buick vehicles prior to the ad’s release on YouTube, before to the game.

The ad kicks off with a game of Pee Wee football only for two dads to catch sight of a gorgeous red Buick Cascada. After a bit of banter, one of the players becomes Cam Newton, who throws an incredible touchdown pass. Then, the stylish Encore pulls up, causing the coach to say, “If that’s a Buick, then I’m a supermodel.” Sure, enough, Miranda Kerr took his place.

While the Atlanta Falcons took an early lead in the final game of the season, the New England Patriots swung a 21-point deficit to win 34 to 28. Tom Brady took home his fifth championship win and what a win it was!

We here at Ron Smith Buick GMC offer our congratulations to the Patriots as well as the Buick Cascada and Encore for taking the spotlight during one of the most-watched programs of the year.