The Buick Regal has been redesign, taking a different route that has many critics and everyday car enthusiasts applauding.
It is offered in two varieties this time around — a Sportback model and a rugged, off-road capable station wagon. We’ll take it one at a time, though: Here are five interesting facts about the all-new, 2018 Buick Regal Sportback.
1. What is it?
Compared to its predecessor, the new Regal Sportback enters the battlefield with a sleeker, sportier and more coupe-like design, better overall performance, the latest in safety and convenience features, and unexpected versatility.
Like the last Regal, it was developed by General Motor’s former European division, Opel, which is now . In fact, the new Regal is more or less a rebadged Opel Insignia, which is sold in Europe.
2. No Longer a Sedan
More attractive styling aside, the first thing one notices about the new, 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is its body style. It’s no longer a traditional sedan, rather featuring a hatch that makes it more practical than ever.
3. Bigger and Better
The Regal Sportback’s wheelbase is about three inches longer than the Regal sedan it replaces, meaning more room for driver, passenger and their cargo. It offers 31.5 cubic feet of trunk space with five passengers on board and 60.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded.
Yet, despite being larger, the Regal Sportback manages to be 200 pounds (90.7 kg) lighter, resulting in more athletic handling and improved efficiency.
4. Attractive Design
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback ditches the soft curves of the previous Regal for a much more chiseled design.
Its wheels are pushed farther to the corners, accentuating its sporty proportions, while the Buick brand’s redesigned grille with vertical slats and a winged Buick emblem add a touch of class.
The interior puts the previous one to shame, featuring upscale materials, color schemes and more tech. It also boasts a driver-oriented center console dominated by a seven-inch touch screen that’s compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The long list of standard features includes keyless entry, a push-button ignition, heated mirrors, a universal home remote, and the aforementioned Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
5. All-Wheel Drive
All-wheel drive returns for the Regal lineup. The platform underpinning the Regal Sportback sports a rear design that easily accommodates AWD with torque-vectoring.
Their ability to direct torque to individual rear wheels to help power through corners may provide all-wheel-drive Regals some athleticism in addition to their bad-weather capabilities.
6. Engine and Transmission
Every Regal model is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that produces 250 horsepower. AWD models make 295 lb-ft. of torque, while front-wheel drive models make due with less torque of 260 lb-ft. in an effort to keep torque steer to a minimum.
Interestingly, 2018 Buick Regal models with front-wheel-drive are equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission, but AWD versions employ an eight-speed automatic.
7. Top-Notch Safety
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is said to offer new levels of crash prevention and protection. In fact, it is the first Buick to be available with a standard active hood pedestrian safety system that senses the imminent impact of a pedestrian and uses a pyrotechnic actuator to lift the back of the hood up about 4 inches to lessen the impact.
You can also ask your dealer for such popular active safety features as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.
8. Sales Date
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback goes on sale in the United States and Canada in the fourth quarter of 2017. Buyers will have the choice of four trim levels: Base, Preferred, Preferred II, and Essence.
Pricing has yet to be announced.
What Do You Think?
Are you happy with the direction General Motors took with the all-new 2018 Buick Regal? Is a mainstream car like the Regal Sportback the answer to steeply declining sedan sales in North America?
Share your thoughts in the comments below and make sure to also check out the 9 Interesting Facts About the New Volkswagen Arteon.
Buick LaCrosse Gets Avenir Treatment, Looks Good
Like the Enclave crossover, the Buick LaCrosse sedan has received the Avenir treatment, offering another level of style and substance for buyers looking for a more luxurious LaCrosse.
On the outside, the Buick LaCrosse Avenir sets itself apart from the lesser LaCrosse trims with a unique three-dimensional mesh upper and lower grille with chrome wings, script badging on the front doors, and 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels. 20-inch Midnight Silver wheels are optional.
The interior boasts a Chestnut-color upholstery, embroidered first-row headrests and Avenir-scripted sill plates. Many of the optional features on the regular model, including navigation, a panoramic moonroof, and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound premium audio, are standard on the LaCrosse Avenir.
While the base LaCrosse is now only offered as a hybrid, the Avenir model comes standard with the 310-horsepower V6 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available at an extra cost.
Buyers can also opt for the Dynamic Drive package, which adds a variable suspension and a suite of electronic driving and safety aids.
According to Buick vice president Duncan Aldred, “Nine out of ten LaCrosse buyers are choosing one of the top two trim levels — customers are signaling they want more from Buick,” justifying the LaCrosse Avenir’s existence.
Expect to pay at least $40,000 in the United States for one.
Do you find it appealing?
Buick Getting Electric SUV Based On Chevy Bolt
Buick will reportedly get an electric SUV based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Bolt EV.
With the small Encore (pictured) leading the way, Buick has found great sales success with its lineup of crossovers, and the company is likely betting that an electric model will increase its fortunes even further.
A source that attended a focus group for the new Buick EV crossover revealed to InsideEVs that the model looked “next-generation Buick Encore-like” but featured the same specs and 60 kWh battery as the Bolt. He was quoted as saying:
“They asked questions like: “Does this look like an SUV to you?” and “Does this change your opinion of Buick?” Most people thought Bolt EV and the Buick were different vehicle types, some completely trashed Bolt EV and loved the Buick, so I guess the designers did a good job. The proportions on the Buick look very similar to an Encore or Trax.”
As a result of sharing its mechanicals with the Bolt, the Buick EV crossover will have the same exterior dimensions as the electric Chevy hatchback, but with an extra 3-inches of rear legroom. The slight increase in size will make it tad bit slower in acceleration.
Being a crossover and offering more premium features like power controls and a larger center touch screen means it will also be about $3,000 more than the Bolt.
It wasn’t revealed when the new Buick EV crossover will be introduced.
New, 2018 Buick Regal GS Packs More Power, Better Than Before
General Motors has revealed the all-new, 2018 Buick Regal GS, and it’s a notable improvement over the previous model.
Starting with power, the performance-tuned Regal is propelled by a retuned 3.6-liter V6 that produces 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque, an extra 51HP over the previous Regal’s V6 and, according to GM, more power than an Acura TLX A-Spec or Lexus IS350 F-Sport.
A nine-speed automatic transmission transmits that power to the ground with the aid of an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that’s been tuned specifically for the GS, featuring active twin clutches that specifically manage torque split between the rear wheels.
Other notable performance highlights include Buick’s second-generation Continuous Damping Control, which can adjust damping up to 500 times per second while allowing the driver to change suspension modes from h to Sport or GS at the push of a button. Standard Brembo brakes ensure shorter stopping distances than before.
Cosmetically, the new, 2018 Buick Regal GS has a more aggressive front fascia characterized by a sportier bumper and larger air intakes, while the side boasts larger side skirts and wheel wells filled with standard 19-inch black alloy wheels covering red brake calipers.
The interior houses a flat-bottom steering wheel; AGR-certified performance seats with heating, cooling and massaging functions; bespoke pedals; and two eight-inch displays, one for the infotainment system and the other for the instrument cluster.
In the United States, the 2018 Buick Regal GS starts at $39,990 (including freight), a price point that undercuts rivals from BMW and Audi.
Do you like the Buick Regal GS? Do you want it?