2015 Buick LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore To Get OnStar 4G LTE | Edmunds

2015 Buick LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore To Get OnStar 4G LTE


Just the Facts:
  • The 2015 Buick LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore will come standard with OnStar 4G LTE hardware starting this summer.
  • OnStar 4G LTE hardware will be in every Buick model by the 2016 model year, the automaker said.
  • A built-in Wi-Fi hotspot will keep passengers connected to up to seven mobile devices at once.

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The 2015 Buick LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore will come standard with OnStar 4G LTE hardware starting this summer, GM announced on Monday.

OnStar 4G LTE hardware will be in every Buick model by the 2016 model year, the automaker said. Data packages are available for an additional charge.

A built-in Wi-Fi hotspot will keep passengers connected to up to seven mobile devices at once. The hotspot will allow passengers to connect their personal devices, such as compatible smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet.

Every 2015 Buick offered with OnStar 4G LTE will also come with Buick AppShop, a feature of IntelliLink. Through Buick AppShop, owners can use their 4G LTE connection to download apps and stream data through the in-vehicle interface.

The announcement was made at the 2014 Dent Conference.

More automakers are adding 4G LTE service to vehicles. Audi recently announced that its 4G LTE service launches with the new Audi Connect system in the 2015 Audi A3.

Audi and AT&T will offer Audi Connect, a Mobile Share data plan option. Audi's high-speed connectivity supports such things as social media and mobile app integration with access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations.

Edmunds says: This high-speed connection is bound to burnish Buick's image among consumers.

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