By on April 17, 2017

2018 Buick Regal Sportback

Buick did a bad job hiding the fact that a brawny GS variant of its 2018 Regal Sportback is on the way. It accidentally teased the vehicle’s presence on its Canadian website earlier this month before attempting — and failing — to remove all traces of this nugget from the internet.

Well, thanks to the California Air Resources Board, we now have documented proof of the GS’s return. The go-fast Buick will bow as a 2018 model, perhaps concurrently with its liftback and wagon siblings, but don’t expect any drivetrain similarities to the outgoing model.

The emissions document covers a host of 2018 General Motors passenger cars outfitted with 3.6-liter V6 engines. As the lesser Regals see only a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (in two torque outputs), the 3.6-liter “Regal AWD” listed here can only be the GS.

This GS breaks with the current model in several ways. This time around, it looks like GM isn’t in the mood to offer buyers much choice. The only transmission available is a nine-speed automatic, which means the save-the-manuals crowd can add Buick to its list of automakers no longer fielding a stick shift.

Oddly, the nine-speed gearbox is only found on front-wheel drive variants of the 2018 Regal Sportback and TourX. As the document states, four-wheel motivation comes standard on the GS, unlike the choice offered by the previous generation. Buick’s AWD system features torque vectoring for improved performance.

While the document doesn’t dish any details on engine output, the same engine makes between 305 and 335 horsepower in other applications. For the GS, it’s possible GM could raise that power ceiling.

One thing that isn’t too mysterious is what the GS should look like. The China-bound GS was revealed last week ahead of the Shanghai Auto Show, sporting a body kit, chromed air inlets and larger, blacked-out wheels. Unlike stateside customers, Chinese buyers will have to make do with GM’s turbo 2.0-liter as the sole engine offering.

[Image: General Motors]

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15 Comments on “Upcoming Buick Regal GS Says Goodbye to the Stick, Document Shows...”

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    Wait. If the AWD 2.0 Turbo gets the 8-speed automatic transmission, why would the AWD GS get the 9-speed?

    Why not just make the 9 speed standard across the board on all models FWD and AWD? GM is already going to use the 9 speed in the FWD 2.0 Turbo.

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    No automatic? Shocking!

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    Is Regal production moving to Germany? I am intrigued by the possibility of a “basic” Buick with 2.0 turbo assembled in Russelsheim available for under $30K. Cheap Euro chic…

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    “the same engine makes between 305 and 335 horsepower in other applications.”

    I’d like to see 335+, but I’m expecting 305. Even at 335 I’d anticipate the Fusion Sport and S60 T6 to have a straight line edge.

    If this doesn’t sell like popsicles in Alaska, maybe there will be a 400+ turbo V6 version in the future.

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    I wonder if the Chinese Tiger girl will drape herself over this one.

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    “..add Buick to its list of automakers no longer fielding a stick shift.”

    That any Buick after 1948 had an MT is regressive.

  • avatar

    Yawn. A resurrected Somerset package outsells this unoffending “sport” model 5:1. Next.

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    Who really cares? This car is apparently a loser in quality and dependability and has the highest initial sell/off return rate of all vehicles on the road, if you happen to even see one, they are rarer than hen’s teeth, I’ve seen one regal (not even the GS, in the last 5 years)…And it’s no wonder, its the same cost as the German brands that come with more cache, with NONE of that cache associated with it. In addition, it has the “I can’t believe that’s a Busquawk!” cringe worthy marketing with terrible music.

    Anyone who WANTS to drive a stick probably wouldn’t be choosing a Buick Regal GS to begin with, so many better choices out there with the big 3 from Japan and the big 3 from Germany. That puts this car at 7th place, if not even worse, yes I realize not all of those have a stick option, but still, 7th place…Not to mention, stick drivers, who have to drive a stick are probably looking at something to pair that stick with besides a midsized “performance” sedan, mustang, challenger, miata, 370Z, etc.

    BTW, I’m not sure if I should be amused or offended when WordPress asks me to “prove my humanity” when I log in, and prove it with solving 2+1…

    • 0 avatar

      Nickoo, with that last one, has proven he’s one of the higher forms, IMHO.

      Anyway, I don’t know if I fully agree with his earlier analysis. I needed a family sized sedan so I bought an Accord Sport. I like the car very much now but I really bought it because it was the only car that fit my criteria available with a manual transmission.

      It was a very simple choice that took me all of 3 minutes to make. They even limited my colour choices to black or gray, LOL!!!

    • 0 avatar

      Unless you got one wrong I wouldn’t worry too much.

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