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Old 04-05-2017, 01:42 PM
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Kind of the handsome yet uninspired looks of a Buick. If I had to guess, I'd think the interior looks better than it feels (like a half step below Acura).

I don't hate it, but Buick suffers from the same issues as Acura, really.
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Now, GM needs to run with the idea & give us a new Vagon!
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Styling is underwhelming and a 2.0L I4 turbo making 250 hp and 295 ft-lb in order to move a 4250 lbs. vehicle? I'm sorry, but
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It looks like an rejected design from Audi.

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Kind of the handsome yet uninspired looks of a Buick. If I had to guess, I'd think the interior looks better than it feels (like a half step below Acura).

I don't hate it, but Buick suffers from the same issues as Acura, really.
Which is fine since the Buick brand is supposed to run against Acura, the FWD Lexus models, etc.
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The real one is coming after all.







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2018 Buick Regal GS Makes World Debut

Premium sport sedan offers all-new 310-horsepower V-6, nine-speed transmission and intelligent AWD with active twin clutch

DETROIT — Where spirited driving meets attainable luxury and sleek, sporty design meets modern usefulness, you’ll find the 2018 Buick Regal GS – a car for commutes that are anything but common. As the brand’s most dramatic expression of design and dynamics, this all-new model balances these key characteristics to provide customers excellent driving performance every day and in every season.

The 2018 Regal GS advances the nameplate with 51 more horsepower than the model it replaces, more refined transmission and AWD technology, all-new, heated/cooled and massaging performance seats and the added functionality and style of a five-door sportback design. Starting at $39,990 with destination charges, the Regal GS offers luxury features at a price more attainable than competitors from Audi and BMW.

“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, and with standard features like AWD with active twin clutch and a rear sportback design that will surprise customers with its usefulness.”

Regal GS Highlights:
  • New 3.6L V-6 with 310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque featuring direct injection, cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology
  • Standard nine-speed automatic transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) with active twin clutch for improved vehicle control, and five-link rear suspension
  • GS-specific, AGR-certified, performance seats that are heated, cooled and massaging with adjustable seat and seat-back bolsters as well as thigh support
  • Second-generation Continuous Damping Control (CDC) capable of 500 adjustments per second and Interactive Drive Control with GS and Sport modes
  • Unique sport front and rear fascias, side skirts and rear spoiler
  • Standard 19-inch wheels
  • Performance brakes with Brembo front calipers
  • Sport-tuned exhaust system
  • Sport flat-bottom steering wheel and metal pedals
  • Available head-up display
Buick’s most advanced new propulsion components come standard on the new Regal GS. With 310 horsepower, its refined 3.6-liter V-6 provides more power than an Acura TLX A-Spec or a Lexus IS350 F-Sport but offers seamless auto stop/start technology and can cruise on four cylinders. The V-6 engine is complemented by a sport-tuned dual exhaust system.

Regal GS’ intelligent AWD system with an active twin clutch can precisely transfer torque between the rear wheels for more refined and efficient performance, and the GS receives one of the first applications of the nine-speed automatic transmission in the Buick lineup that’s mated to AWD. This advanced new transmission will soon be offered across five different Buick models.

Every Regal GS also features Buick’s Interactive Drive Control, allowing the driver to tailor the car’s dynamics based on different drive experiences through a standard setting or Sport and GS modes selected via the center console. Interactive Drive Control utilizes Buick’s second-generation Continuous Damping Control (CDC), which is able to adjust suspension damping up to 500 times per second.

Versus a standard 2018 Regal Sportback, the GS also has standard Brembo brakes for more confident stopping power.

“With the all-new 2018 Regal GS, we set out to make a driver-focused, engaging and entertaining sport sedan without sacrificing the smooth ride and refined character expected of any modern Buick,” said Martin Hayes, chief engineer for the Buick Regal GS. “Our new V-6 and nine-speed transmission, intelligent AWD and CDC all work to deliver excellent driving performance.”

Outside, Buick’s signature sculptural beauty presents the car’s sporting nature in an understated way with aggressive front and rear fascias, standard 19-inch wheels, a rear decklid spoiler and GS badging front and rear. Full LED headlamps are an option.

Inside, the Regal features unique perforated GS-specific performance seats with integrated headrests and adjustable lumbar and thigh support bolsters. The seats are heated and ventilated and come standard with a massage function. The interior also features a standard heated flat-bottom sport steering wheel and GS-specific pedals and sill plates.

The 2018 Regal GS offers a cohesive and connected infotainment experience with an 8-inch diagonal touchscreen and 8-inch diagonal reconfigurable instrument cluster as standard equipment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility both come standard. A full-color head-up display is available with an optional Driver Confidence II package that also includes several safety features including Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.

The Regal GS is a highest performance expression of the 2018 Buick Regal GS Sportback. Other Regal Sportback models will offer a standard 2.0T engine and sleek new design at a starting price -- $25,915 – that’s approximately $2,000 lower than the 2017 Regal

The first-ever Regal TourX, which combines car-like handling and SUV capability, launches with limited availability of select higher trim levels later this year. TourX models with a starting price of $29,995 are expected to be available at dealers in February 2018.

Every Regal also comes equipped with a 3 month/3 gigabyte trial of OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot[1] and access to an unlimited data plan for $20 per month[2], as well as five years of the OnStar Basic Plan[3] at no additional cost. Among other benefits like the myBuick app[4], this connectivity plan features OnStar Smart Driver, an opt-in service designed to help Buick owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance and become better drivers.

All prices above exclude tax, title, license and dealer fees.

Buick is an international modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models in North America and China. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com, on Twitter @buick, on Instagram, or at www.facebook.com/buick

[1] Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. Eligible vehicle and data plan required. 4G LTE coverage not available everywhere. Data plans provided by AT&T. After 22GB of data usage, AT&T may slow speeds.

[2] Plus applicable taxes and fees. Plan provides access to AT&T wireless data services for your equipped vehicle for 30 days. Payments are non-refundable (subject to applicable law). Visit onstar.com or att.com for plan details.

[3] OnStar Basic Plan is available for five years from the delivery date of eligible 2015 model year and newer vehicles and is transferable. Basic Plan does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services; these and other services require a paid plan. Visit onstar.com for details.

[4] Compatible mobile device required. Some features require a paid OnStar service plan.

Great. Will potentially get my money in 17mo.

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The real one is coming after all.
Big, bold move by Buick into the "sport luxury sedan" segment. Looks and sounds enticing. I'm sure it'll do well in the PRC.

Not sure I'd want "massaging" seats (sounds like that's for the Chinese nouveau-riche) and wonder if the stop/start function can be switched off?
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seems like everyone wants to join the "Sportback 5 door that looks like 4 door" party
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More stout competition for Acura's refreshed TLX....

2018 Buick Regal GS: Gorgeous Sport

V-6 power and torque-vectoring AWD make the GS an enticing hot hatch.




While the standard Sportback undercuts its predecessor’s base price, the new 2018 Regal GS is $2130 more than before, just squeaking in under $40K with its $39,990 starting sticker. That seems fair when the Buick is stacked up against the $45,750 Acura TLX SH-AWD A-Spec, which seems like the Regal GS’s most natural competitor.
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At $40k it's a good bit more than a Fusion Sport, which seems more in line to compete with it.
Not a bad looking car though.
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The lack of MT kills it.
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The lack of MT kills it.
And not even paddle shifters.... how can they miss that!!!!!!!

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Paddle shifters are a notable omission
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I think that looks really good! I like how they kept the chrome to a minimum.

But yes, lack of MT kills it for me.
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I think that looks really good! I like how they kept the chrome to a minimum.

But yes, lack of MT kills it for me.
It just doesn't feel like a GM car without an available Chrome package, lol. Personally, as long as the paddle shifters are good, I can't blame them if they go DCT.
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One might assume the GS, or Gran Sport, badge on the back of this Buick means serious business. After all, in the past, those two letters signaled to everyone that specialized performance equipment was on board. The very first GS models back in the mid-1960s were hardcore. Buick described the Skylark GS as “a howitzer with windshield wipers.” And the 2018 Regal GS is a meaningful improvement over the standard Regal Sportback, but this one stops short of being a howitzer or a true track-ready performance package.

“It’s not really meant to drive on the other side of that wall, onto the racetrack,” Buick’s vehicle performance manager Mike Mueller says as we look out over Atlanta Motorsports Park’s road course in Dawsonville, Georgia. “We could have dialed up the GS, but that’s not where we were trying to go. It’s not supposed to be aCamaro, Corvette or high-performance Cadillac.”

While the GS may not be a super sedan like Caddy’s V-Series monsters, engineers massaged the Regal in every way to improve its performance on the street. Under the hood, GM’s venerable 3.6-liter V6 takes the place of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in standard Regals. Here, that V6 makes 310 hp and 282 lb-ft of torque -- a 60 hp and 26 lb-ft of torque bump over the four. Although the last Regal GS offered the option of a six-speed manual transmission up until 2016, this new one comes paired solely to GM’s nine-speed automatic. And all Regal GS models use a specifically-tuned version of the Regal’s twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system.The chassis components as well as the strut front and five-link rear suspension systems are largely the same as the ones used on the more pedestrian Regal Sportback AWD models. The biggest change comes from the adoption of Continuous Damping Control (CDC) dampers from ZF at each corner. The firmness of these shocks can be adjusted through buttons on the center console. The front springs are unique here but only because the V6 carries an additional 40 pounds over the four-cylinder. Mueller says the stabilizer bars as well as chassis bushings remain unchanged.

The GS does have Brembo brakes up front that measure 13.6-inches in diameter, up an inch over the standard Regal front brakes. Out back, the GS has 12.4-inch vented discs that are about an inch larger than the solid discs in the Regal. And to cover the new brakes, there are 19-inch wheels wrapped in 245/40R19 Continental Procontact TX tires.

The GS carries some tasteful body mods, including more aggressive front and rear facias, side sills and a rear lip spoiler, and they make an already handsome car look a little tougher. On the inside, there are unique GS sill plates, a GS shifter and 14-way adjustable sport seats. Of course, this is still a Sportback. And that means there’s 31.5 cu-ft of cargo space with the rear seats up and a wagon-like 60.7 cu-ft. with them folded. So, this sporty machine is quite useful too.

The Execution

Slide into the new heated, cooled, massaging and heavily bolstered sport seats and its clear the GS is built to have some fun. The seats are fantastic and even include adjustable thigh support which was appreciated by my six-foot-four driving partner. Another welcome upgrade is the new partial TFT instrument cluster. It’s modern and much more befitting a car in this price class compared to the analog cluster in the normal Regal.

Immediately ahead of the shifter are buttons labeled “sport” and “GS”. They are the key to unlocking driving enjoyment in this Buick. Press sport and the transmission will hold onto gears slightly longer and quicken the shifts. Sport mode also increases the heft of the steering, biases more torque to the rear axle and will dial up a firmer damping setting too. An individual mode allows the steering, dampers and all-wheel drive system responsiveness to be adjusted independently.

Engage the “GS” mode and its basically Buick’s version of sport plus. The steering boost is dialed back even further, resulting in heavier, more substantial weighting. The transmission shifts are no quicker but the shift schedule is more aggressive, so it won’t upshift to a taller gear if you are hustling down a mountain road. The all-wheel drive system will bias even more of the engine’s torque to the rear axle here, and the damping from the CDC system becomes firmer still.

What doesn’t change, no matter what mode you select, are the calibrations for ABS, traction control and stability control. You can turn off traction control by pressing a button on the dash once. And by holding that button down for a few seconds, the stability control can be dialed way back. But as one might imagine—it never goes away completely.

“We don’t suddenly give you back 1970s handling,” says Mueller. “There’s always that last ditch effort from the system to keep you on the road.”

One of the best things about the Regal GS is that it’s not overly hard-edged in anything that it does. There are plenty of sporty cars that can be a little too stiff and aggressive for daily driving, but Buick strikes an excellent balance here. In the default (normal) mode, the Regal drives just like a regular Sportback. The suspension is smooth and that nine-speed goes about its work in the background without anyone really noticing. The V6 is just fine here with plenty of torque to squirt through traffic. Driven hard, the Regal is quick. But this is the same basic V6 that lives under the hood of so many GM products—everything from Camaros toColorados and even Buick’s own LaCrosse. So, when you really work this V6 hard, it doesn’t feel or sound particularly exciting, or special enough for a high-performance application


Drive it up a set of switchbacks and the transmission’s preference for taller gears will have you pressing the sport or GS buttons. We toggled through all three modes (normal, sport and GS) and found that in almost every driving situation, we just left it in GS. The transmission calibration is excellent, dropping gears or holding onto them without going one gear too far or staying in a low gear too long. The heavier weighting of the steering in GS mode feels good on a mountain drive as well as in the city. On those twisty Georgia backroads the Regal GS was athletic and fun. The only reason to perhaps not have the GS in GS mode? Negotiating a field of Detroit-class potholes.

Our $43,510 Regal GS was loaded. It carried the $945 Sights and Sounds package, which includes Buick’s navigation system HD Radio, and a Bose audio system. The $1,690 Driver Confidence Package pulls together all the safety tech like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning amongst others. The Appearance Package ($485) brings wireless phone charging and LED headlamps on board. Our metallic paint cost an additional $395 and the sport aluminum pedals are $175.

The Takeaway

The GS is certainly the Regal in Buick’s lineup we’d want parked in our own garage. It’s responsive and enjoyable on ribbons of twisty asphalt without compromising comfort—and that’s appealing. But there are of course others in the Buick’s competitive class -- performance German machinery that will bring a little more agility and a little more cache to the driving experience for a little more money. Still with all the options checked, the GS is a really good deal and easily the best Buick we’ve driven in years.

ON SALE: Now
BASE PRICE: $39,990
POWERTRAIN: 3.6-liter V6, AWD, nine-speed automatic
OUTPUT: 310 hp @ 6,800 rpm; 282 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm
CURB WEIGHT: 3,796 lbs.
FUEL ECONOMY: 19/27/22(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
PROS: Sweet performance, stylish, practical
CONS: Plain interior, stiff leather, workaday V6


Read more: 2018 Buick Regal GS road test: The best Buick we've driven in years

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I sat in one, One of the contenders as the next saintor-mobile, due end of the year. By then I hope it will have serious incentives. Among reserves; where are the paddles shifters? I use them daily. Oddly but not surprisingly, the 3.6L costs less in fuel than the 2.0T as it runs on regular vs premium.

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what's the cost difference over an entire year?
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Fits solidly in the "meh" category for me. They could have done more but chose not to. Oh well.
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what's the cost difference over an entire year?
Well this is why did I put a link (?)

2.0T $1900/yr
3.6 $1750/yr

So $150.

For reference, an A4Q Tip is $1700/yr, about the same as a Regal 3.6 AWD.
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Man, at $150 per year, is it even worth thinking about? That works out to an additional $0.41 per day. You could drive a thristier car with a soft foot and get those kinds of savings.
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Man, at $150 per year, is it even worth thinking about? That works out to an additional $0.41 per day. You could drive a thristier car with a soft foot and get those kinds of savings.
Exactly, why not having a I6/V6 in this category and rather have an inferior 2.0T is beyond me.
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No, fair enough. I see where you're coming from.

I'd be happy with an NA V6 if I had zero intentions on modifying a car, or playing around with it beyond factory settings. But that's not the case... and turbos are much more mod friendly, in every regard.
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https://jalopnik.com/buick-has-no-id...urx-1826984906

The Regal TourX is a very nice wagon that Buick doesn’t want to call a wagon. But semantics aside, the automaker and its sales staff are pretty much clueless as to how to actually get new customers into these things.

With a starting price of just under $30,000, the TourX is supposed to be GM’s crack at stealing even a little bit of market share away from the Subaru Outback that pretty much dominates the rugged-lifted-wagon segment.

Now Buick may tell you that the Regal longroof actually competes against the Volvo V60, BMW 3 Series Sportwagen, and Audi Allroad, but that’s not quite accurate. Even though the TourX offers some luxury appointments, folks looking for an Audi, BMW, or Volvo are probably not cross-shopping Buick. However, buyers in the market for a Subaru may give it a look.

Other than auto journos and weirdos that like wagons, the general public barely even knows this car exists. I found one TV spot from two months ago, that includes a “handsome car buying man” and smaller versions of “handsome car buying man” talking about the stars.

I don’t know much about marketing, but that doesn’t seem terribly effective.

More importantly, GM is making zero effort when it comes to rebates and incentives. Here are the current offers via Buick’s website:

You can have up to $5,000 the tiny Buick Encore crossover, but if you want the TourX you are out of luck. According to one of my dealer contacts, the lease programs on the Buick aren’t great with a 45 percent residual, and that kind of depreciation drop will mean higher payments. Since the entire Regal lineup is designed to get folks from other brands to consider Buick, the fact that GM isn’t offering some kind of conquest or competitor incentive seems foolish.

It’s not just Buick corporate that is dropping the ball here—even on the dealer level things are pretty sad. I had a few recent clients looking for nice wagons and I made sure I put the new TourX on their radar. Most of them were pretty impressed after a test drive, but when it came down to actually get a deal, things fell apart.

A lot of Buick dealers were not cooperative when it came to actually give pricing and the numbers I did receive were pretty pathetic. Discounts were maybe a grand or so off the MSRP. In one instance I had a client who wanted to order a TourX, when they sat down with the dealer to do the paperwork, he said to them “I don’t know why you want to order this. No one is buying these cars.” Then he demanded a $1,000 non-refundable deposit and told them they must do a credit check at the time of order.

I’ve done dozens of luxury car orders and rarely do they require credit checks before the order is placed and the deposits are almost always refundable.

The Buick sales manager did an excellent job of not selling a car that day, and these folks ended up with a new Outback 3.6 at a substantial discount. While the TourX may offer a better “value” from an equipment perspective, Subaru corporate and its dealers seem to be much better at this whole selling cars thing.
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https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...gs-test-review

Keep your expectations in check and the handsome Regal GS delivers.


Don’t get too excited—the latest Regal GS isn’t what you think it is. Yes, it has torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, a 310-hp 3.6-liter V-6, and knockout good looks, all of which are sure to flash as hot pings on most people’s performance-car radar. In actuality, the Regal GS is merely a nice near-luxury car with a V-6 engine. As in competitors such as the Acura TLX, Lincoln MKZ, and Toyota Camry, the six mostly signifies a higher station in the lineup—in this case, the Regal’s top trim level—not a dog whistle to driving enthusiasts.

Highs: So easy on the eyes, roomy, tuned well for its mission.
Lows: GS branding a dead end, seriously heavy, no paddle shifters.

We can see how Buick could have you fooled, though. The GS looks fast. Even the regular Regal—dubbed Sportback on account of its sloping rear hatch and vestigial trunklet, which are shared with the GS—starts out lithe and sleek. If Buick assumed that Audi’s use of (but failure to trademark) the same name for its similar A5 Sportback might get people talking about the two cars in the same sentence, well, that’s just good marketing. And so long as that conversation stays focused on matters cosmetic, the Buick and the Audi can safely cohabitate within its clauses.

That wouldn’t have been possible had Buick—and Opel, the German brand that GM just sold to the PSA Group yet that still builds the Regal and sells its own version of it called the Insignia—not kept the GS’s detailing restrained. A small red GS badge floats inconspicuously in the grille, and the larger front intakes, GS-specific 19-inch wheels, and red-painted Brembo front brake calipers don’t overshadow the Regal’s sensational shape.

With its 3.6-inch-longer wheelbase, extra 2.7 inches of overall length, 0.7-inch-lower roof, and additional 0.2 inch of width, the Buick feels significantly larger inside than its predecessor. Behind the roomy rear seat lives a 32-cubic-foot cargo hold, which can be expanded to 61 cubes by laying the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seatbacks down flat. For reference, Buick’s largest two-row crossover, the Envision, stores 27 and 57 cubic feet, respectively. We only wish the GS had a power-opening mechanism like the one on the Regal TourX station wagon’s tailgate. Burdened by the huge rear window and that dummy trunklid, this car’s hatch is a heavy lift.

So, too, is the GS overall. While this Regal is 202 pounds lighter than the last all-wheel-drive GS we tested back in 2014, its curb weight still nears two tons. By comparison, a front-drive, four-cylinder Regal Sportback we tested was 394 pounds lighter.

Buick makes life even harder for the GS by fitting the standard Sportback with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four from the previous-generation Regal Turbo and GS models. Making 250 horsepower, the four-pot scoots a front-drive Regal to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, quicker than Acura’s 290-hp TLX and Toyota’s 301-hp Camry. In the fight between the GS’s substantial mass and its 60-hp boost over the Sportback, the engine loses. Despite the advantage of an all-wheel-drive launch, this sportiest Regal is only 0.2 second quicker to 60 mph than its Sportback sibling.

The top Regal’s mass also dulls its performance edge when deviating from a straight line, where its road-crushing heft makes the car feel inert. Wearing the same Continental all-season tires as the Sportback we tested (but on one-inch-larger wheels), the GS merely matches that car’s good but not great 0.87-g showing on our skidpad. It also needed a couple extra feet to stop from 70 mph.

At least the GKN-sourced twin-clutch torque-vectoring rear differential isn’t fluff. Though also offered on the base Regal and tuned less adventurously than it is in Ford’s Focus RS, the diff keeps torque steer at bay by overdriving the Regal’s outside rear wheel to help direct the car through turns. But exploiting this capability requires the driver to stomp on the gas midcorner. Pass this test of will and the corrective tail yaw suppresses understeer for a time. It creeps back in during long sweepers as the stability control reins in the throttle, and the low-grip all-season tires succumb to a use for which they were never intended.

The GS isn’t an extravagantly improved Regal, which is sort of okay given how composed the base car drives. It’s just false advertising. We were expecting more—more performance, more handling, more yuks, especially considering that Buick tosses in adaptive dampers and three drive modes: Touring, Sport, and GS. The latter two firm up the suspension and produce quicker and more frequent downshifts from the transmission.

Regardless of its drive mode, the Regal remains true to its easygoing baseline tune even as it delivers slightly sharper responses. There’s just a small nod to the sporty side with each button press. This is a rare bit of technical subtlety that we can’t help being impressed by, despite our overall disillusionment with the car. Such detail work deserves praise in this age of endlessly adjustable, never-quite-right computerized chassis.

Lacking paddle shifters seems like a sin, even in light of the GS’s relaxed nature, though the nine-speed transmission’s second and third gears are so tightly spaced that you can’t avoid the fuel cutoff during the 3–4 upshift when toggling the shifter yourself. Left to its own devices, the GS skips third altogether under full throttle to avoid any redline-to-redline hiccups.

Also disrupting the Regal’s cohesive chi are its ambitiously bolstered front sport seats, which appear to have fallen off a truck headed for the Corvette’s Bowling Green, Kentucky, plant. The chairs’ faux cutouts for racing harnesses look ridiculous, though the seats are comfortable and have standard massaging, heating, and ventilating functions.

For $39,995 to start, the Regal GS is a roomy, premium-ish mid-sizer that’s comfortable letting Audi and BMW keep their customers. Its interior feels adequately upscale for its price. And given that the GS tops out at just over $46,000—about the same as Acura’s six-cylinder TLX SH-AWD A-Spec—it’s a good value, too. As long as you’re clear that this is simply a good-looking Buick with a V-6 and not a frisky sports sedan.



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Exactly, why not having a I6/V6 in this category and rather have an inferior 2.0T is beyond me.
I see this same line of thinking all the time when talking about the new Accord and its lack of an available V6 and I think its simply ridiculous. I don't care about a V6, I care about how an engine performs. At least in the Accord, the 2.0T 4-cylinder paired with the new 10-speed auto simply performs better than the outgoing V6 in absolutely every way. The best part about these new turbo-4's compared to NA V6's is not actually the fuel economy (though if driven with MPG in mind, it definitely can get significantly better mileage) but instead the surge of low-rpm torque the boosted engines provide. All 273 lb/ft of torque in the new Accord is available at 1500 rpm and remains flat all the way up to 6k rpm. That instant response and grunt down low is what makes the new engine "feel" much faster than the old V6. Well, and the fact that it actually IS faster as well! I don't for one second bemoan the loss of the V6 in the new Accord as the CTR-derived 2.0T is better all around, and with greater tuning potential as well just from a flash.
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Go in a Lexus 2.0T giving up your V6, and then you'll know what you are talking about. Unless you love the feel and sound of a Civic engine. Yikes.

Congrats to Toyota and GM for keeping the V6 alive. The irrational 2.0Toy fashion seems to fade and Chevrolet jsut chose the V6 in their top new 2019 Blazer, like they did in the Regal GS.
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There's no reason to have an engine smaller than a V8 without a turbo anymore. To do so is to leave some performance or efficiency gains on the table.
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...and Chevrolet jsut chose the V6 in their top new 2019 Blazer, like they did in the Regal GS.
And Chevrolet also chose to offer a 4 cylinder turbo in their Silverado. Same with the GMC 1500.

Smaller engines will be a test for new GM full-size pickups | Autoweek

The new four-cylinder engine option for General Motors' 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups will test the loyalty and perceptions of pickup buyers who associate inline-fours with compact cars.

A four-cylinder engine in a full-size pickup was unimaginable a decade ago. But advancements in engineering as well as Ford Motor Co.'s success with its V-6 EcoBoost engines have proved that V-8 engines aren't necessarily the default choice for pickup buyers.

The question now is: How low can you go?

The 2.7-liter inline-four turbo engine is a major milestone for GM. It is the first four-cylinder engine in a modern-day full-size pickup and the first engine in a pickup that's capable of running on two cylinders. The engine is rated at 310 hp and 348 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and will be standard on the new Silverado RST and popular Silverado LT, replacing the 4.3-liter V-6 that's rated at 285 hp and 305 pound-feet of torque.

Jeff Luke, global director of gasoline engines at GM, said "it is very possible" the new four-cylinder eventually could replace the traditional V-6 in the pickups.

"This engine has been specifically designed for truck durability and reliability and performance," Luke told Automotive News. "We believe this package is going to be very well-received by our customers."
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Go in a Lexus 2.0T giving up your V6, and then you'll know what you are talking about. Unless you love the feel and sound of a Civic engine. Yikes.

Congrats to Toyota and GM for keeping the V6 alive. The irrational 2.0Toy fashion seems to fade and Chevrolet jsut chose the V6 in their top new 2019 Blazer, like they did in the Regal GS.
seems to fade? it is not going to fade as long as the Germans are doing it... like it or not, Chevy and Toyota do not set the market trend.
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And Chevrolet also chose to offer a 4 cylinder turbo in their Silverado. Same with the GMC 1500.

Smaller engines will be a test for new GM full-size pickups | Autoweek
Can't wait to see that in a 80K Caddy Escalade. *Test* is the key word here. Will follow the same route as the 2.0Toys in GM's not so medium cars like Impala or LaCrosse. Lame.

Of course, this kind of truck would be much better served by a 6-cyl. diesel, and notably not a single word on fuel economy in the article.
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Avenir, which means “future” in French, is to Buick what Denali is to GMC: a sub-brand that attempts to garner some extra prestige and profitability. Deriving its name from an exciting 2015 flagship sedan concept that never came to fruition, the nameplate so far has been applied to slightly fancified versions of the LaCrosse and the Enclave. Now the Buick Regal Sportback is getting an Avenir trim level, which comes with several visual tweaks meant to generate upscale vibes inside and out.

The key ways to spot the Regal Sportback Avenir from the outside are its special grille and its 19-inch wheels. The grille gives the front end a mildly glitzier appearance than the already good-looking regular version but is hardly transformative. Inside, there are embroidered Avenir logos in the headrests, Avenir badges on the side sills, and quilted leather upholstery that’s available either in black or in an Avenir-exclusive Whisper Beige color. The model also comes nearly fully loaded, with navigation, a Bose audio system, LED headlights, and several active-safety features—although adaptive cruise control is still optional.

There’s no word on pricing yet for the Avenir, but we figure it’ll be a few thousand dollars dearer than the Regal Sportback’s Essence trim, which currently starts at $32,695. Curiously, the Avenir will come only with front-wheel drive, whereas an all-wheel-drive option is available for other Regal Sportbacks. The 250-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and nine-speed automatic transmission are unchanged for Avenir duty.

The Avenir also marks the first time we’ve seen the new infotainment system and gauge cluster that will appear in all 2019 Regal models equipped with the optional 8.0-inch touchscreen, including the GS and the TourX wagon. The infotainment system is the same updated IntelliLink system found in the GMC Terrain. It has improved graphics and different menu structures than before, while the new gauge cluster, with a brighter central display screen and more clearly marked dials, is a nice improvement from the dated-looking gauges in last year’s Regal.

All of these slightly tweaked 2019 Regal models, including the Avenir, will be hitting dealerships in October.
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is it me or just about every new cars all start to look alike???

Except for Toyota, they are in their own league.
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The Regal definitely looks better than the LaCrosse.
And from the rear, it has a bit of Chevrolet SS / Holden Commodore styling.
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I first thought the rear looked like a VW.
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If you are still saddened by the news that BMW will not be offering the next generation 3 Series wagon in America, I’ve got some good news for you: General Motors is finally throwing some serious discounts at the Buick Regal TourX. It may be time to get your wagon fix another way.

Not long ago I wrote about how Buick is fairly clueless as to how to find buyers for its Regal TourX wagon. Now that the end of the year is fast approaching and GM seems to be in a desperate race for some decent sales figures, the automaker is offering huge discounts across all of the brands, including Buick.

While most of you are aware that you can score a Silverado or an Equinox at upwards of 15 percent off or more, you may not realize that the TourX wagon can be had with some pretty bonkers deals too.

Unlike some other brands that limit their wagon stock, Buick was pretty ambitious about the sales for the TourX. Currently, there are well over 1,000 active listings nationwide on Autotrader.com, many of which are advertising discounts upwards of $10,000 off the MSRP:

Those of you immediately turned off by the badge aren’t seeing the bigger picture here. This is a legit European wagon, sold overseas as the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer!

And in case you forgot, the Buick Regal TourX comes with a 2.0-liter turbo similar to what is under the hood of the BMW 330i Sport Wagon and Audi Allroad and it pumps out 250 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. The big wagon is not a rocket ship, but it gets moving pretty well and is really darn comfortable. It also holds a massive amount of stuff behind the rear seats compared to other compact longroofs like the BMW and Audi.

Naturally, you want to be a bit suspicious of prices that seem too good to be true as many of these deals will have stacked rebates that you may not qualify for. Unfortunately, GM branded dealers are a bit notorious for this kind of advertising.
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