Upcoming Buick Regal GS Says Goodbye to the Stick, Document Shows

The redesigned Buick Regal is a step in the right direction but fans of fast family haulers were a little disappointed when the model recently debuted with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 hp (253 PS).

While that’s nothing to sneeze at, Buick accidentally let it slip that a new Regal GS was in the works. That particular model is slated to have a 3.6-liter V6 engine and an all-wheel drive system which should give it plenty of power and traction. The exact performance figures remain to be seen, but the engine produces 335 hp (340 PS) and 284 lb-ft (384 Nm) of torque in the Chevrolet Camaro so it’s possible the Regal GS could post similar numbers.

Fast forward to today and we’re learning more about the car thanks to a California Air Resources Board document unearthed by The Truth About Cars. It reaffirms the 2018 Buick Regal GS will have a 3.6-liter V6 engine and all-wheel drive but unfortunately implies it will be paired exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

This is a bit of a departure from the previous Regal GS which offered a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 259 hp (262 PS) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque as well as a choice of front- and all-wheel drive. The outgoing Regal GS was also available with a manual transmission but that appears to have been quietly dropped as option, at least for the 2017 model year.

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  • Ray

    The manual on the current generation Regal was only offered on the FWD version. AWD was only offered with an automatic.

  • TheBelltower

    I can’t imagine many people would opt for a 6-spd manual over the 9-spd automatic anyway.

    • Clinton Goodman

      Guess again ding dong

      • emjayay

        Sorry, third grade level name calling does not make something a fact. GM probably knows what options it is worth their while to offer. And at this point, with modern automatics few Americans want stick shifts. There is no economy advantage and in real life almost always a disadvantage. Save some money on the initial purchase maybe, but more likely to need a $1000 clutch than a rebuilt automatic eventually.

        And quite frankly just for me I figure I have better things to do behind the wheel than clutching and shifting. I had a 5 speed manual Mazda in San Francisco for a few years. I had no problem with the hills and clutching and shifting but decided that was it.


  • emjayay

    Whoa…I read that the two wagon versions, built in Germany, would be the only models offered. Glad that the sedans are returning. And now in hatchback form??!! How Euro of them. Maybe a bit of Tesla influence as well.

    I’m sure the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia-Buick Regals will look great in person. But if more modern of course plus on the new longer wheelbase platform, they aren’t really as good artistic designwise as the previous design. Fake rear quarter window, boooo. The previous wagon models which we didn’t get are absolutely awesome in reality. The best wagon I’ve ever seen, not counting a 1957 Country Squire.

  • eb110americana

    The LaCrosse makes 310 hp, I believe the Regal GS was reported to make around that output (possibly a little less). The Camaro V6 is longitudinal, so it shares less with the transverse engine in the Regal than the LaCrosse does.

  • SteersUright

    No manual on a Buick…and? Who cares…
    This knock off of a Malibu fools nobody. These cars serve their purpose as ultra cheap leases for geriatrics or in rental fleets, both not exactly demanding manuals.
    Wake me up when Buick actually matters, and not because their marketing department says they do.

  • Larry Qualls

    Am I the only one the thinks that the Buick emblem is a huge sore spot on their vehicles? Its so old school and doesn’t match the new direction that they’re attempting. They should take a note from Hyundai and KIA, whom figured out that when you’re trying to move upper-class, your old badges that are synonymous with cheap won’t cut it. Hence, Genesis and Stinger GT! Great looking Regal tho…

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