The long awaited 2018 Buick Regal GS has finally been revealed by the company, following several leaked photos and information in the past few months. The thing is, if you’ve been keeping up with the leaked reports, there won’t be surprises left for you. All of the details have been pretty much covered. Basically, the Regal GS is a five-door, all-wheel drive with a sexy style and a touch of luxury. Needless to say, it’s also performance-focused.
Starting off with performance, under the hood is a 3.6 liter naturally-aspirated V6 that generates 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. Although this is an upgrade from the last turbocharged GS, the Regal GS’ performance is not as impressive as we expected, since the LaCrosse has the same output. Also, it pales in comparison when being compared to the Chevrolet Camaro that comes with a 3.6 liter mill, producing 335 horses. But not to worry as the 310 horsepower should be fast enough for a nice cruise. It also features an integrated auto start/stop and cylinder deactivation.
A nine-speed automatic transmission will be tied with the engine, which will also give power to the all-wheel drive setup with an active twin clutch that will enable power to be shuffled between the front and rear wheels so it can perform better. Moreover, the Regal GS comes standard with Buick’s Interactive Drive Control system where the driver can choose driving modes like standard, Sport, or GS for a more focused drive. When driving, the system makes use of the company’s Continuous Damping Control that can adjust suspension as much as 500 times per second.
In terms of design, the GS Sportback looks like a redressed Opel Insignia with the updated front and rear fascias, side skirts, and rear spoiler - except it has a GS badging. But overall, the GS looks a bit sexier, perhaps because it has 19-inch wheels and red Brembo brakes up front. The only odd thing is that LED headlights come as an option instead of a standard.
The Regal GS has a pretty impressive cabin though, with exclusive performance seats featuring massaging functions that can also support heating/cooling functions. The seats also have adjustable bolsters and thigh support. An 8-inch touchscreen that lets the driver control most features comes as standard. It is also compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Optional driver assist features like lane assist, auto braking, and adaptive cruise control can be availed too.
The Buick Regal GS starts at $39,990 while the Regal GS Sportback costs $15,000 more than the base model. It may be a little more expensive than the current GS, but you’ll get a lot more power for the extra $2,500.