2018 Buick Regal GS Debuts with More Power, Aggressive Styling | Edmunds

2018 Buick Regal GS Debuts with More Power, Aggressive Styling

The 2018 Buick Regal GS five-door debuted with 51 additional horsepower and more aggressive styling than the model it replaces.

The new Regal GS will carry the performance flag for the redesigned Regal lineup. Duncan Aldred, global vice president for Buick and GMC, said at the Regal's press introduction: "It follows in a long line of Buick GS models, including the Riviera GS."

So is the 2018 Regal GS a muscle car like the mid-'60s Riviera GS or the Buick Gran Sport of days gone by? Is it a sports car, or perhaps a largish hot hatch? Call it what you will, but it's worth consideration by shoppers who need a practical sedan with all-wheel drive and an easy-to-load cargo area.

The new Regal GS is a performance-oriented version of the Regal Sportback revealed earlier this year. The GS announces its sporting intentions with more muscular front and rear fascias, standard 19-inch alloy wheels, a rear decklid spoiler and special GS badging. Optional LED headlights increase visibility and add to the panache.

Power is generated by a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque. The V6 exhales through a sport-tuned dual exhaust and features cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard along with all-wheel drive.

Buick's Interactive Drive Control uses settings for Standard, Sport and GS modes to custom-tailor the feel of the vehicle. In Standard mode, the Regal offers maximum comfort, while GS mode is designed for optimal road feel and better control through corners. A Sport mode bridges the gap between the two. Ride and handling are modulated through continuous damping control (CDC), which can adjust suspension settings up to 500 times per second, and Brembo performance brakes deliver increased stopping power over the standard setup.

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

The interior of the 2018 Regal GS maintains the sport sedan theme without letting down the Buick name in the comfort department. Heated and ventilated seats feature adjustable lumbar support and thigh bolsters and come standard with a massage function. Also standard are a heated, flat-bottomed sport steering wheel and unique pedals and sill plates.

The infotainment system comes with an 8-inch touchscreen display, and connectivity is provided via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A three-month trial of an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is standard, and an unlimited data plan is available for $20 per month. Also available is the Driver Confidence II package, which adds a head-up display and advanced safety features that include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and lane keeping assist.

The 2018 Regal GS will begin arriving at Buick dealerships early next year at a starting price of $39,990.

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