By on April 7, 2017

General Motors

Can we call it a hot hatch? The next-generation 2018 Buick Regal bowed earlier this week in Sportback and TourX wagon form, but one variant was missing from the spotlight: the go-fast GS model.

While the existing Regal GS makes do with a high-output turbocharged four, a source told us last year the new Regal would offer six-cylinder motivation. So far, the launch date and the TourX wagon variant claims have come to pass, though there’s still no V6 Regal in sight.

Actually, there is. And it happens to be in plain sight.

Two days ago, the following paragraph appeared on the Regal landing page of Buick Canada’s website.

Buick Sportback GS mention on Buick Canada website

Engineered to make getting there all the fun, the all-new Regal’s excellent driving performance is something to be experienced with available new powertrain and AWD system (3.6L v6 on GS and Twin Clutch AWD).

Detailing the new model, the site touts the Regal Sportback’s GS variant, equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 and Buick’s twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system.

The mention then disappeared from the site.

Buick Regal GS screenshot

 

If you’re skeptical of the evidence so far, just search for the mention in Google. The GS mentions remains cached in the page description:

Buick Regal GS screenshot

A Buick spokesperson declined to confirm the authenticity of information on Buick’s website.

To date, the only engine announced for the Regal Sportback is a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. TourX models (which won’t be available in Canada) see torque boosted from 260 lb-ft to 295. Moving up to a V6 would give buyers at least 305 horsepower, going by the mill’s other applications. There’s also the possibility Buick could reach further into the parts bin and pull out the 335 hp variant found in the Chevrolet Camaro, giving the automaker added bragging rights.

With the 2018 Regal not expected on dealer lots until the fourth quarter of this year, Buick has plenty of time to schedule another product announcement.

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59 Comments on “Website Slip-up Reveals 2018 Buick Regal’s V6-powered GS Model...”


  • avatar
    threeer

    While I’d love to see the GS variant (with the six cylinder), I don’t see that it’ll move much off the lot when it arrives here. Most folks wandering over to the Buick lot these days aren’t looking for mid-size hatchbacks…

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      The Regal is supposed to be a full-sized Buick. Regal used to be their top-of-the-line model.

      • 0 avatar
        threeer

        EPA classifies current Regal as a midsizer. Can’t imagine the new one growing significantly larger to be a full size (that’d likely be the Lacrosse).

      • 0 avatar
        Steve Biro

        Vulpine, this is the first time anywhere I have seen anyone refer to the Regal as full sized. Historically, the model has always been considered a mid-sizer, even if all cars used to be larger. The Regal was a trim level on the mid-sized Century for many years. It’s pretty clear to me that the Lacrosse is Buck’s full-sized car.

        • 0 avatar
          Drzhivago138

          And Regal was never the top-of-the-line model either. That was the Electra 225. Nor was it ever the flagship–that would be the Riviera, or maybe the LeSabre, depending on the year. The Grand National would probably meet the definition of “halo car,” though.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            When the Electra was dropped, the Regal replaced it. The LeSabre, at least in the mid-80s, was just a bit smaller. I owned a T-type while my parents owned a Regal, so I was able to do a side-by-side comparison. The Regal was certainly shorter than the ’65 Electra they had before it but it still pretty well filled the garage on that side where my Le Sabre left over three feet of space on my side. It was in the ’80s when the Regal became an actual model as compared to the previous trim level of another model.

            I will note that the Roadmaster model came out a couple years later because there was still demand for the big-bodied models.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            When the Electra was dropped, the /Park Avenue/ replaced it. Park Avenue was already a trim level on Electras in the late ’80s.

            The downsized H-body LeSabre was some 4″ shorter than the G-body Regal, but the Regal had yet to be downsized. Once it was, the W-body Regal was about 3-4″ shorter than the H-body LeSabre, depending on model. FWIW, LeSabre didn’t get a T-Type until 1987.

            Regal was its own distinct model as far back as 1978. It shared the A-body with the Century, yes, but none of the same configurations.

          • 0 avatar
            Vulpine

            Bought mine used. Factory dealership called it an ’86 and insurance covered it as such. After the crash, bought an ’85 Toronado with the sport suspension (transverse rear spring) to replace it. Loved that one tell the timing gear shredded.

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    As a new Buick convert, the 3.6 from the Lacrosse is a great motor.

    I beg them to come up with a new name for the regal TourX. Just sounds dumb, to me the X adds a level of off road extreme goings on kind of thing. None of which will happen with your Regal Wagon AWD.

  • avatar
    ajla

    This is relevant to my interests. Thank you Steph.

    Maybe a little 400+hp AWD T-type in the future?

  • avatar

    The six series called, and wants the rear clip back

  • avatar
    Roberto Esponja

    This car does nothing for me. You could slap a “generic car” badge on it, and it would have the same effect. It has zero identity.

    • 0 avatar
      Rocket

      Hopefully in GS form it will more closely resemble Holden’s version. Absolutely not your grandfather’s Buick.

      http://www.driven.co.nz/news/news/first-photos-2018-holden-commodore/

      • 0 avatar
        BahamaTodd

        The only difference with those photos is the 20″ wheels.

        The GS will probably have those wheels and also the ground effects from the Insignia OPC Line appearance package.

        http://www.leftlanenews.com/photos/ople-insignia-live-picture-2.html

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      It’s the wind tunnel curse. It’s why you can’t see out the back window anymore, why you have to sit on the floor in the back seat to avoid the low roof, and why the trunk opening is so small, among other whys. Squeezing 1/10 of an mpg is paramount.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Buick is trying to become what Oldsmobile used to be. I don’t have any complaints about the wagon versions of the Regal, other than they don’t really scream “Buick” to me, but I’m not sure this thing even begins to appeal; at least, not from these rear-quarter views. Granted, it’s looks from this angle make it look a lot like a Tesla, but losing the back doors would help it a lot.

    I’ve owned one Buick in my life; it was the very last T-type model from ’86 and I really enjoyed that car (only 2 doors, too.) Since then, Buicks are simply trying too hard to appeal and losing their sense of identity.

    • 0 avatar
      Drzhivago138

      T-type of which? In 1986, there was a Skyhawk T-Type, Century T-Type, Regal T-Type (including the Grand National, but not always), H-body Electra T-Type (though this was 4-door only, so not that one), and Riviera T-Type.

      Of all the T-Type years, only 1985 had more models (with the Skylark T-Type).

      • 0 avatar
        Vulpine

        Mine was the Le Sabre T-type.
        Really loved that car too… until someone tried to cross the highway in front of me at a blind intersection. They couldn’t see past the line of cars in the turn lane and saw a small gap in opposite-direction traffic in the slow lane of my side. I ended up hitting her almost dead-center at the B-pillar in a Toyota Supra. Impact knocked her out of the driver’s seat to the point I had to ask where the driver was as she was sitting very neatly in the passenger seat. (Guess who wasn’t wearing her seat belt?). Funny thing… She worked for the insurance company I had my car covered under.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    3.6 ltr V6 in the Regal. O_o

    Hallelujah! I was so sure it was going to be some little 3.0 ltr or less abomination.

  • avatar

    “TourX models (which won’t be available in Canada)”

    Da fuq? Canada, the country where we buy statistically higher numbers of wagons, CUVs, hatchbacks, and AWD vehicles and Buick brought us the hatchback but not the Outback fighter? You’ve got to be kidding me.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Betcha it’s because Justin Trudeau is too busy trying to schedule boxing rematches with Matthew Perry than see to it that Canadians get the cars they want.

  • avatar
    NotFast

    It’s the Buick Camaro! Seems like GM is throwing that V6 all over the place…

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      It’s a good engine. They also don’t have many other V6 options for passenger cars, since they were going whole hog on turbo fours. Now that gas prices are relatively low, people want more powah!

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    Another random slip-up: in the “interior” section of the current website, it looks like the brake pedal is a narrow manual-style pedal, not a traditional wider automatic-transmission style. Photoshop blunder perhaps?

    • 0 avatar
      BahamaTodd

      You’re right – that is the manual brake pedal.

      Another slip-up is on the exterior view. They included the side ground effect panel without the front and rear. That was the first clue that I noticed alluding to a sportier version.

  • avatar
    Rocket

    Good news. Put that drivetrain in the TourX and I will consider my first GM product purchase in 25 years.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    It’s the Buick Regal Viggen.

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    China friendly proportions there.

  • avatar
    Ermel

    It’s an Opel. *shrug* Whaddaya expect?

  • avatar
    r129

    I’ll take a GS in Carrageen Metallic. Oh, please let the GS be available in Carrageen Metallic!

  • avatar
    tonycd

    Is that a Cruze-style black plastic triangle I see?

    And is “twin clutch” another name for an SH-AWD rear torque vectoring setup? If so, this thing is really well armed with drivetrain toys. Add the rear headroom it allegedly has over the old Regal, and you have a very usable car.

    • 0 avatar
      Vulpine

      As I understand it, tony, Twin Clutch in an automatic actually makes the shifting faster and smoother, so you don’t get the long hesitation between gears and get less gear-hunting on grades.

      • 0 avatar
        eamiller

        “Twin Clutch” has nothing to do with the transmission, which is a traditional slushbox (8-speed Aisin, or 9-speed GM/Ford), not a dual clutch automated manual.

        According to articles I can find, it sounds a lot like SH-AWD torque vectoring, where the left and right rear wheels can be clutched individually (in place of a LSD) to control the power output to each individual wheel.

        http://gas2.org/2015/12/23/general-motors-will-introduce-dual-clutch-awd-on-more-cars/

        • 0 avatar
          Vulpine

          Umm…. Most “slushboxes” today with 7 or more gears are very probably dual-clutch. I said absolutely nothing about a dual-clutch manual.

          Is a dual clutch an automatic?
          A dual-clutch transmission, (DCT) (sometimes referred to as a twin-clutch transmission or double-clutch transmission), is a type of automatic transmission or automated automotive transmission. It uses two separate clutches for odd and even gear sets. — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual-clutch_transmission

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            “Umm…. Most “slushboxes” today with 7 or more gears are very probably dual-clutch.”

            Ummm… No.

            Virtually every RWD luxury car in existence has some variant of the ubiquitous ZF longitudinal 8-speed.

            The Aisin transverse 8-speed that’s the AWD transmission here is rapidly picking up steam.

            The GM/Ford 9-speed that’s the FWD transmission here is going to be in virtually every GM product soon enough.

            The GM/Ford 10-speed will soon be in every pickup truck (replacing the 8-speed that’s already there).

    • 0 avatar
      BahamaTodd

      Yes, it is twin clutch torque vectoring AWD. The same system used in the Focus RS, but of course tuned by GM for their use.

  • avatar
    Lorenzo

    GM (and Ford) have spent a fortune on turbo-charged small fours to meet EPA emissions and mileage standards. Now with the new administration cutting back those standards, and fracking ensuring gas prices will remain low for a long time, it looks like FCA, with a decent V6 and the 5.7 V8, is going to come out smelling like a rose, at least in the American market, where its profits are.

  • avatar
    markf

    A new Buick Regal, Grandpas of America rejoice!

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Sure hope they offer this V6 in the longer heavier wagon.

  • avatar
    Compaq Deskpro

    I like it, it’s a modern swoopy sedan but with a hatchback, much more useful than a stubby trunk with a tiny opening, while still having a decent greenhouse. I’m impressed.

  • avatar
    newenthusiast

    I like the idea of this more than I would expect to. This seems like it would be the perfect long distance commuter with some ooomph to keep things interesting as needed.

    I’d have to try to clear my head of what I think Buick is and see what they actually are first….the past perception is tough to over come.

  • avatar
    Acd

    The Regal hatchback has the worst DLO Fail behind the rear door. It kind of reminds me of the old Chrysler Sebring/200.

  • avatar
    noneuimport

    Put that 335hp engine variant in a station wagon version and I would be very interested…

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    I am kinda digging this car honestly.

    I much prefer the sportier looking Opel grille and emblem instead of the Buick waterfall and stodgy Buick emblem (yes, shallow I know) but I don’t think either is a deal killer.

    Will we get the regular wagon? Or is it going to be like the Legacy where there is no Legacy wagon, only the Outback version?

    Does the TourX have a raised ride height or just meant to look more offroad.

    Thinking this could be a nice Outback option if there is increased ride height and a decent AWD system.

  • avatar
    headphone lampshade router

    Shame it’s going to be saddled with that god damn undefeatable engine-shut off crap.

  • avatar
    wsn

    You know it must be crap, when they had to change names constantly.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Regal + V6 while General Motors Company LLC still owns/owned it?

    Sounds like fake news.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    I hope this car does well enough to survive. Who’d have thought we’d be talking about hatch/wagon Buicks with AWD.

  • avatar
    turf3

    Looks like a blown-up Grand Am with two more doors.

    And I call BS on the continuous drumbeat of rationalization of poor visibility. It takes more time and effort to design a proper green house than it does to supinely roll over to today’s fashion and tell people to rely on the consumer-grade hardware and software in a backup camera, rather than using the perfectly good eyes already installed. Because we all know that consumer-grade hardware and software never fail, especially not at inconvenient moments. So the automakers give in to the fanbois who want every car to look like it was styled by 6-year-olds with a Transformers obsesssion, and the bean counters support it because it’s marginally cheaper.

  • avatar
    greebo

    Now that GM has sold all it car production and design in europe to PSA where designed icky go for its new designsite?
    Current Regal replacement is a fabulous car the hatch back design which is common in europe has eventually made it theory the USA, where it makes using the boot (trunk) easier. The estate (wagon) is also a great product. Offering more space and versatility than an SUV but just in case you cannot cope A CUV is avaliable in the for of the XTOURER real nice addition to the range
    There is no V6 in the current production run and to be honest you do not need it the 4 cylinder unit is very good with enough refinement and power it’s a shame you are getting the chevy 1.5 turbo the 1.6 Sidi e gine is much more refined and has 197bhp and mate to 8 speed auto very nicely.

    Moving away from V6 power is a good move for the USA


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