Try as they might to control the flow of information regarding new models or changes coming to existing vehicles, sometimes auto manufacturers reveal tidbits unintentionally, or at least in the hope that they will fly under the radar.
So it is that we learned this week that the most recent generation of the Buick Regal, which debuted this year as a Sportback (and, in the U.S., as a wagon), will get a premium Avenir edition in 2019.
This bit of information leaked out in a rather original way: GM’s new catalogue of products destined for car fleets lists the Regal Avenir among the available choices, and provides a fair amount of detail about the model to boot.
The guide tells us that the Regal Avenir will be offered only with front-wheel drive on the Sportback version, and be powered by a 4-cylinder turbo engine delivering 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and wedded to the 9-speed automatic transmission already found in other versions of the model.
All of this is pretty much as you would expect.
However, the interesting stuff involves what standard equipment is being included. The Avenir, we learn, will be very generous in that regard. Outside, distinct 19-inch wheel will set the version apart immediately. The LED headlights pivot for better visibility when cornering. The interior rear-view mirror will automatically adjust according to the light being emitted by the vehicles behind.
As for safety, the car will be fitted with all latest technologies available from Buick. Drive assists systems include rear parking assist, rear transversal traffic alert and blind spot monitor. The Driver Confidence package brings with it seats with four-way-adjustable lumber support, as well as a smartphone recharging pad.
An available options package adds in adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, forward automatic braking, lane keep assist and front pedestrian braking.
No pricing is included in the catalogue information, and we don’t know when the premium Avenir edition might become available to consumers.
For that matter, we’ll also have to wait to see if the Canadian edition of the 2019 Buick Regal Avenir will be different in any way from its U.S. counterpart – though we expect any variations to be minor.