Buick’s midsize luxury sport sedan’s sales last year had been so strong that it outperformed the Audi A4, Lexus IS250, and Acura TSX. However, it continues to evolve. The performance-oriented Regal GS is equipped with a new automatic transmission that’s already available in dealerships. In addition, the eAssist fuel efficiency technology would be considered standard after athe presentation of the 2013 model later in 2012.
The Regal has been named the “Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families” by U.S. News and World Report. Just last month, it was recognized as the “Best Car for the Money” in the same category. The “Upscale Midsize Car” category includes 19 different vehicles.
This means that a second transmission could now control the 270 horses of the Regal GS’ turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec, which was named in WardsAuto World’s 2012 “10 Best Engines” for North America. Rather than the existing six-speed manual, it now has a six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control as a no-cost option.
The new Aisin AF40 automatic has been calibrated just for Buick’s most athletic sedan. Performance is aided with the transmission offering firmer shifts due to the car’s Interactive Drive Control System being set to “GS” mode. It could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, matching that of the manual.
It has a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway as estimated by the EPA. It comes with standard performance parts such as Buick’s innovative HiPer Strut front suspension and Brembo front brake calipers. Its optional features are identical no matter what the transmission is. The eAssist will be standard on the Regal starting with the 2013 lineup with the discontinuation of the 2.4L base model.
Both the Regal Turbo and Regal GS models will stay available. The eAssist features a compact lithium-ion battery pack and a small electric motor to enhance the performance of a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter gas engine. The system offers an electrical boost to help the engine at low speeds and on inclines where fuel efficiency would be at its worst. The Regal with eAssist offers an EPA-estimated 36 highway mpg, equivalent to a Mini Cooper and higher than several full hybrids such as the Infiniti M35h, which has a rating of 32 mpg.
Fluid, slick and agile, the Buick Regal has received changes to its exterior to give it a unique profile and to imply movement even when it is stationary. Precision styling comes with certain engrained leading cues and has bolstered Buick's standing in the marketplace with a product that stands out with a chrome trim, exceptional panelling and the trademark waterfall grille.
John Cefaro, design Director, Passenger Car said that it set out to change people’s minds about the Buick. With much more aggressive flaring, panel work has been trimmed to perfection. It’s believed that the Regal will surprise people with its charm and power. This performance-based spirit can be seen in the design choices made from the sculpted body to the headlamps which have been set in a more advanced position.
At the rear of the vehicle, it is possible to see some of the more traditional sedan elements such as tucked in body parts and bold taillamps.
The Regal has some delicate elements around those lamps to help them stand out even more. The Regal comes standard with 18” wheels.
This interior continues the sense of fluidity with an unabated flow of sumptuous furnishings. The dash is lit by ice-blue LEDs to add a similar touch of class and dynamism. The centre panel houses the 'infotainment', climate and navigation controls and is lower than what most people expect. But wait until you happen to look at the driver position with a lower wrap around the leather seat which features a leather bound steering wheel, leather covered seats and a superior position, putting the driver squarely in the center of the seat of this sports car.