2018 Buick Regal

General Motors has already released photos of a new Opel
Insignia without any camouflage. This car is the identical
twin of America’s Buick Regal with exception of the badges. We
can, therefore, tell what the 2018 Buick Regal will look like.
Things get more exciting as I understand Buick will launch a
Regal wagon in the US market. Buick has already Trademarked the
“Regal TourX” nametag which confirms that there will be a Buick
Regal wagon for the 2018 model year in the U.S.A. According to
rumors, the US version of the wagon will look slightly
different from the Europe’s version. Rumor has it that the
model will be slightly raised and with a crossover-like body
like that of the Volvo
Cross Country or the Subaru
Outback.

2018 Buick Regal Exterior

The 2018 Buick Regal will ride on the same platform as the
current 
Chevrolet Malibu. The platform known as the 2XX translates
to a lighter curb weight and a spacious cabin for the 2018
Regal. From the testing mule, the new Buick Regal will feature
LED headlights and taillights, and dual tailpipes.

Considering the whole body was wrapped in heavy camouflage
material, expect the model to undergo a massive overhaul. As
such, expect a more premium looking sedan ready to battle the
likes of BMW
3-Series and Audi A4
sedans. More information will suffice close to the model’s
release date.

2018 Buick Regal Interior

Increased cabin space means more space for passengers. The
cabin will also feature a new dash layout.  The automaker
will also upgrade the Regal’s equipment to remain in touch with
the competitors. As such, expect the most up-to-date
Intellilink infotainment system that enables Smartphone and 4G
connectivity while its navigation system will feature voice
control.

The model will also offer the latest driving aids such as
parking assist, forward collision warning, blind-spot
monitoring, cross-traffic alert and lane departure warning
among others. The cabin will be upholstered in quality material
on lower trims and leather on higher trims. I hope GM considers
using leather on all trims as some of the model’s rivals do.

 

Engine Specs and performance

Buick is still mum about the mill that will power the 2018
Regal.  However, three mills are likely. The most likely
engine is a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine. This engine
will use the automaker’s new 9-speed automatic gearbox. The
mill is currently used on the Malibu where it produces 250 hp
and 260 lb-ft of torque. Credible report intimate that the
model will lose the current naturally aspirated 2.4 L,
4-cylinder mill in favor of a turbocharged 1.5 L,4-cylinder
mill also found in the current Malibu. This engine produces 163
hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The engines will be offered in
front-wheel-drive with an option for AWD.

Further reports indicate that the automaker is planning to hook
up the GS trim with even a more powerful mill. The unit being
fronted is a turbocharged 2.0 L, V-6 powerplant which is
expected to produces in excess of 300 horses. This engine will
also be paired to the new 9-speed transmission that will send
power to all four wheels. It is not clear whether the automaker
will retain the optional 6-speed manual gearbox.

Price and release date

For sure, we do not know when the automaker plans to release
the 2018 Buick Regal. However, the model is likely to hit
dealerships in the second half of this year (2017) after
showing face in an international auto show, probably at the
Geneva Auto show in the spring of this year.  The starting
price of the model will increase from the base model’s current
$27,990 to more than $30,000.

New Opel Insignia

Competition

Rivals of the 2018 Buick Regal will include the likes of BMW
3-Series, Acura TLX, Lincoln
MKZ, Lexus
ES, Audi A4 and
Volvo
s60.