2018 Buick Regal GS Shows Up With 310HP V6 And Clever AWD

It was only a matter of time for Buick to reveal the new Regal GS, especially after Opel presented the world with the Insignia GSi.

The Buick Regal GS is powered by a new 3.6-liter V6 with 310hp and 282lb-ft of torque, with the engine also featuring direct injection and cylinder deactivation. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard, as well as an “intelligent” all-wheel drive system.

This is also one of the first applications of the nine-speed automatic gearbox that’s paired with AWD. Buick promises to offer the new transmission across five different models. The new Regal GS also comes with a set of second-gen adaptive dampers that are capable of making 500 adjustments per second.

The exterior features aggressive front and rear fascias, standard 19-inch alloys, bigger Brembo brakes, a rear spoiler and the obligatory GS badging all around, while LED headlights are an optional feature. The cabin gets GS-specific performance seats that are also perforated and come with adjustable lumbar and thigh support.

There is also a flat-bottom steering wheel, sports pedals and sill plates to let you know that this is the fastest of the range. An eight-inch infotainment system and an eight-inch display for the instrument cluster are standard features as well. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as well.

“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 GS. “Our new V6 and nine-speed transmission, intelligent AWD and CDC all work to deliver excellent driving performance.”

The 2018 Regal GS is priced from $39,990, including destination charges, with the regular Regal Sportback 2.0T models to start from $25,915, around $2,000 less than the outgoing model.


  • DeliciousUnlimited

    What will happen in the near future when a the Insignia probably is a Peugeot based Opel? A couple of Buick products are Opel based now. Buick products to be based on other GM products?


      Buicks these days are badge engineered Opels

      • Six_Tymes

        and thats a good thing

        • Six Thousand Times

          But the question is a good one: What happens after this model? Nobody knows.

    • Status

      GM may or may not have negotiated that detail in the contract with PSA. If this car is anything, this is an example of a Peugeot car with 99% of the engineering done by Opel. It would mean that PSA has a brand new Insignia for the next 5 years. After that, GM and PSA would be on their own.

    • Deckard_Cain

      Buick products will be based on other GM products. Opel will keep developing their own products, supposedly with PSA components.

    • Ilbirs

      One possibility: part of the future lineup being developed in China, the other part being U.S. developed. Remember that China has some locally developed Buicks, like the GL8 minivan.

    • FoxJ30

      In all actuality, I believe the last generation Regal was never supposed to exist in the first place – the Opel Insignia rebadge was supposed to become the 2nd generation Saturn Aura. It was only when Saturn was shut down that the federalized Insignia fell under Buick’s roof.

      I don’t know the dimensions of the new Regal, but the previous generation had very similar interior dimensions to the Verano, which kind of made the Regal redundant. I’m gonna bet that unless this generation of Regal’s very successful in the US and in China, it will likely not be replaced when its time’s up.


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  • Six_Tymes

    awd? interesting. this looks good

  • ErnieB

    I’d like it if it wasn’t called a Buick.. unfortunately that elderly white guy car will be hard to shake off..

    • Honda NSX-R

      Just take the Buick badges off and put Opel badges on them 😛

      • ErnieB


  • Honda NSX-R


  • eb110americana

    I called it. The exact same V6 as in the LaCrosse.

    Looks pretty good. Hopefully the performance will be respectable, not just a lux version with AWD. Opel’s GSi definitely has the better spoiler:


  • Matthijs

    Is it just me or did Opel take a good look at the 2nd generation (EU/JP) Mazda6 and made it more modern?

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Yeah. And for me, I’m not feeling it.

  • CarbonPhiber

    With the expected depreciation on this thing, we’re probably looking at the used car bargain of the century.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    From side view the back quarter looks like tesla sedans

  • Mark S

    Nice enough, but I still do not see a cohesive and dedicated direction for Buick. The Chrome inserts on the seats are a bit much.

  • javier

    put a turbo in it , black it out and lower it and you have the second coming of the gnx

  • Six Thousand Times

    Wouldn’t say no.

  • BlackPegasus

    I like the VW cc tail lights.

  • Benjamin B.

    I’d have the turbo 2.0 with the 8-speed AWD system.

  • f1300

    It has to be a boring life to be a highly paid designer at Buick. All those innovations, all that effort…
    But, hey! Opel-designers don’t do anymore the job for them! So, they actually have to work for their money now? Weeeell… let’s wait… with another Cup of coffee… wasn’t there any other Company who can do that…?

  • SteersUright

    Its good looking from many angles, though clearly front-drive and somewhat cheap from others. It also bears way too strong a resemblance to the Malibu to be perceptually distinct in most buyers’ of $40k performance sedans minds. Lastly, a 315hp V6 in a big sedan doesn’t cut it for a halo model in 2017, its more suited to the top end regular car. This should’ve have closer to 375hp+ to go up agains the RWD budget oriented Kia Stinger. Its a very cool effort, but already seems too compromised compared with the best in class.

  • blueharley

    Folks… Don’t get excited… It’s a Malibu basically for those who wonders the actual size of the car, it is big, long and wide, but the roof is so low so the shoulder line inside, so it is a little claustrophobic and dont let you feel its size inside. They share the exact same platform whatever it is called (something like epsilone 2 or so). So, Opel designed only front and rear fascia and the dashboard trying very hard in order not to have something (obviously) identical to Malibu. This one is 5 door fastback but the one for Chinese market will be a 4 door real sedan. Bottomline, it is neither a real Opel nor a Buick, yet the tech in terms of handling, agility, quitness, economy (both running and service costs) as well as those brilliant head lights and AWD are excellent. I can’t say the same thing for fit’n finish quality and design obviously. I have driven a 2.0lt turbo diesel of it.

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