2018 Buick Regal All-Wheel-Drive Models Getting Two Automatics?

2018 buick regal all wheel drive models getting two automatics

Newly published emissions certification documents on the California Air Resources Board website now confirm the existence of the Buick Regal TourX wagon — and much, much more.

The CARB documents show GM’s 250+ horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powering both front- and all-wheel-drive Regal hatchbacks, plus the anticipated all-wheel-drive-only TourX wagon.

But how AWD Regals get their power to the wheels diverges from the script.

The documents show how many gears the Regal will use to get power to the ground. GM’s new 9T50 nine-speed transmission jointly developed with Ford looks to be the only choice on front-wheel-drive Regals equipped with the four-pot, while all-wheel-drive models will see an Aisin AF50 eight-speed automatic — for now.

The made-in-Mexico Hydra-Matic 9T50 will evidently be shipped from GM’s San Luis Potosi plant in Mexico across to Opel’s manufacturing facility in Rüsselsheim, Germany, for install in North American-spec Regals.

GM had said switching to a house-made transmission would save the company money instead of sourcing the AF50 from Aisin, making this initial overlap odd, especially considering GM ditched the eight-speed in favor of the 9T50 in 2.0T-equipped Malibus. Buick is likely to replace the Aisin-built slusher across the model range at some point.

Well placed internal sources revealed the Regal will gain a V6 engine to keep it in line with competitors, while a diesel is also under consideration for later in the Regal’s lifecycle — but the CARB documents make no mention of either motor.

GM plans to use the 9T50 in at least 10 models before the end of ’17, but has only confirmed the Chevrolet Cruze with the 1.6-liter diesel, Chevrolet Equinox with the 2.0T, and new GMC Terrain sporting a 1.5T. Neither GM or Ford has announced an application linking the 9T50 with a V6 engine.

If the Regal does end up with an oil-burner, don’t be surprised if it’s the same Opel developed 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel paired with the nine-speed.

The Regal makes its debut on April 4th in Michigan, followed by a public debut at the New York International Auto Show later that month.

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  • Stuki Stuki on Mar 17, 2017

    I read the headline, and thought you were referring to an FF/Lusso style dual transmission, one for the front and one for the rear...... And was wondering, what the heck is GM thinking????

  • SuperCarEnthusiast SuperCarEnthusiast on Mar 18, 2017

    Why not used the transmission in the Opel Insignia? Why does GM have to have it own transmission in the Regal? And the V6 is going be which one? I hoping for over 300 hp and 290 ft-lb. torque one!

  • 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.
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  • 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.