As you know, the Buick Regal came back as a 5-door Sportback model for 2018. Today was the world premiere of its high-performance variant, the 2018 Buick Regal GS, which offers luxury features at a price more attainable than competitors from Audi and BMW, the company points out.
Chief among the upgrades is a revised 3.6L V6 that now produces 310 hp (+51)—more power than an Acura TLX A-Spec or Lexus IS 350 F-SPORT—along with 282 lb-ft of torque via a more refined 9-speed automatic transmission. The engine uses direct injection, cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology for maximum efficiency.
Handling is enhanced with an intelligent AWD system whose active twin clutch can precisely transfer torque between the rear wheels, GM’s second-generation Continuous Damping Control system capable of 500 adjustments per second, not to mention Interactive Drive Control with GS and Sport modes. Performance brakes with Brembo front calipers and a sport-tuned dual exhaust system are part of the mix, too.
“This is a sport sedan designed for everyday driving, but one that makes every drive special,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. “The new Regal GS is in the sweet spot of the market: more refined and luxurious than the mainstream, more value for the price with style and premium features on par with higher-end competitors.”
More style and comfort
From a design standpoint, the 2018 Buick Regal GS sports aggressive front and rear fascias, standard 19” wheels, a rear decklid spoiler and GS badging front and rear. Full LED headlamps are an option.
Inside, look for GS-specific perforated leather performance seats that are heated and ventilated and come standard with a massage function. The cabin also features a standard heated flat-bottom sport steering wheel and GS-specific pedals and sill plates.
Meanwhile, the 8” touchscreen on the centre stack comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while the 8” reconfigurable instrument cluster in front of the driver can be supplemented with an available full-colour head-up display system.
As for safety, there’s a package that adds several advanced features including Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.
Pricing for the 2018 Buick Regal GS will be announced at a later date.