This is the all-new 2018 Buick Regal GS, an enthusiasts’ calling with a wagon on the way

Buick continues to break out of its “old people’s car reputation” even further with an enthusiasts’ calling.

What’s going on?

Buick was once an automaker that you’d least expect to producing anything even remotely resembling the characteristic, “sporty.” But GM’s Tri-Shield is hard at work to make sure we forget about those yawntastic yonder years of Buick. Helping to break this reputation is the hot and all-new, 2018 Buick Regal GS.

At a specially arranged media event in Michigan for the standard Regal and Regal TourX, Buick decided to surprise its media guests with the revealing of the highly-anticipated performance variant. It succeeds the previous Regal GS with the handsome new body of the latest Regal, along with not four-, but six naturally-aspirated cylinders and all-wheel drive as standard.

Now THAT’S a Buick!
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We’d agree! The latest Buick Regal already teased our appetites with its beautiful redesign and new packaging. The performance-oriented Regal GS hooks us even more since it’s something we didn’t think they’d really do. The last Regal GS, although a valiant effort, felt unfinished and incomplete because of its wheezy, turbocharged four. Now that’s addressed, the latest Regal GS has our attention very much.

What’s it powered by?

Gone is that gutless turbocharged four, and in is GM’s familiar 3.6L V6 with 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque, with cylinder deactivation and automatic stop/start. Channeling that power to the twin-clutch all-wheel drive system is a new nine-speed automatic.

It’s not just more power either

Helping in the handling department is an all-new five-way multi-link rear axle and MacPherson struts up front, assisted by GS-equipped Continuous Damping Control, or active suspension. When enabled in GS or Sport modes, Buick says it can adjust the shocks up to 500 times per second. Shaving off that power are Brembo brakes once again, wrapped in 19-inch wheels.

There’s also a sport-tuned exhaust, sporty interior an exterior bits like a flat-bottomed steering wheel and medal foot pedals. And of course, you can expect the usual suite of active and passive safety systems as found in the standard Regal. Other optional bits include 4G LTE WiFi hotspot connectivity, OnStar, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a heads-up display, and more.

Did we mention there’s a wagon variant too?

In another move that seems to be an enthusiast calling, Buick will offer the Regal GS in its Sportback wagon form as well. That will launch later this year, in limited availability.

How much will it cost?

Buick didn’t announce the pricing for the GS model as of yet. We expect that to surface closer to sale launch date

– By: Chris Chin

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Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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