2018 Buick Regal to Get V6 Power, Wagon Variant, Q2 2017 Reveal: Source

2018 buick regal to get v6 power wagon variant q2 2017 reveal source

Update: Added statement from Buick.

As Buick rolls out its Avenir sub-brand, slashes underperforming products, and bolsters its crossover and SUV portfolio, the Regal withers on the vine — but not for long.

Speaking with a well-placed source, TTAC gleaned details on the forthcoming Buick Regal, which will be revealed in the second quarter of 2017, possibly at the New York International Auto Show.

According to the source, who shared the information under the condition of anonymity, the next-generation Buick Regal, which will again sit atop the same platform as the Opel Insignia, is set to grow in body and heart.

The Regal will bow with a more spacious cabin befitting its place in the market, particularly in the rear where space is at a premium in the current-generation model. Also, as most of the Regal’s competitors offer V6 engines, the midsize Buick will do the same, though our source did not divulge exactly which V6 Buick will drop under the Regal’s hood.

Buick designers have applied more distinctive styling to the Regal to set it apart from its European sibling. Our source stated the differences will be in the same vein as those found between the Buick Encore and Opel Mokka.

Speculation regarding the Regal’s doubling of available body styles with the addition of a crossover-style wagon will also be proven true next year, stated our source. The wagon is likely to wear the TourX moniker and come with all-wheel drive.

In three to five years, there’s also the possibility of a diesel powering the Regal, though that’s still being discussed internally.

Those looking for a mild performance increase should fear not of the Avenir sub-brand. The Regal GS is here to stay, though what form it will take is uncertain.

Buick representative Stuart Fowle would not confirm the details.

“The Buick Regal is currently having its best year since 2014 and the GS model in particular continues to draw younger customers interested in balanced, refined performance. While we cannot comment on the future of the Regal, the current model continues to play an important role in our lineup.”

Expect the Buick Regal, which switches to full-time production in Germany, to arrive at dealer lots toward the end of 2017 as a 2018 model.

Buick will launch three new or redesigned models through the 2017 calendar year, including Regal.

[Image: General Motors]

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Oct 04, 2016

    All this excitement over a Vee-Six? I guess the V6 is the new V8. What does that make the Cadillac 4-bangers?

    • VoGo VoGo on Oct 04, 2016

      Hopefully, any new female writer at TTAC will not confuse her cylinder count with the number of inches of her privates.

  • Drzhivago138 Drzhivago138 on Oct 04, 2016

    The Regal/Opel Insignia will be based off the E2XX platform like the new Malibu, yes?

  • Snickel Fritz I just bought a '97 JX 4WD 4AT, and though it's not quite roadworthy yet I am already in awe of it's simplicity and apparent ruggedness. What I am equally in awe of, is the scarcity of not only parts but correct information regarding anything on this platform. I'm going to do my best to get this little donkey back on it's feet, but I wouldn't suggest this as a project vehicle for anyone who doesn't already have several... and a big impressive shop with a full suite of fabrication/machining/welding equipment, and friends with complimentary skillsets, and extra money, and... you get the idea. If you don't, I urge you to read up on the options for replacing anything on these rigs. I didn't read enough before buying, and I have zero of the above suggested prerequisites... so I'm an idiot, don't listen to me. Go buy all of 'em!
  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
  • ScarecrowRepair The 1907 Panic had several causes of increased demand for money:[list][*]The semi-annual shift of money between farms and cities (to buy for planting and selling harvests)[/*][*]Britain and Germany borrowing for their naval arms race[/*][*]San Francisco reconstruction borrowing after the 1906 earthquake and fire[/*][/list]Two things made it worse:[list][*]Idiotic bans on branch banking, which prevented urban, rural, and other state branches from shifting funds to match demands. This same problem made the Great Depression far worse. Canada, which allowed branch banking, had no bank failures; the US had 9000 failures.[/*][*]Idiotic reserve requirements left over from the Civil War which prevented banks from loaning money; they eventually started honoring IOUs illegally and started the recovery.[/*][/list]Been a while since I read up on it, so I may have some of the details wrong. But it was an amazing clusterfart which could have been avoided or at least tamed sooner if states and the feds hadn't been so ham handed.
  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.
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