Gather around, everyone. Have a seat. Hunker down for this storm of sadness.
It pains us to say that a Buick Regal Grand National (or a GNX) isn’t going to happen for the foreseeable future, as GM Authority has come to learn exclusively. This is also to say that a rear-wheel-drive sport sedan or coupe based on GM’s Alpha Platform won’t appear into the Buick family.
The rumor mill has spun with stories that a Buick Regal Grand National or GNX would resurface for a few years now, and it’s likely that somewhere down the road the project was at least on the drawing board, but didn’t really move past it. We expected a Grand National or GNX to surface as a 2017 model year vehicle, but with the sun setting on the 2016 calendar year and Buick emphasizing the coming of an all-new 2017 LaCrosse, the launch of the Cascada convertible, it casts doubt on the subject. Combine that with the expectation that the Buick Envision crossover will be officially announced for the US-market soon, as well as an all-new FWD-based Regal, it’s become pretty clear that a RWD sport sedan isn’t on the schedule this year, or even the next. Or the one after that.
Adding to the evidence that a Buick Regal Grand National isn’t coming, there hasn’t been a single spy photo of a prototype of any kind in a day in age when it’s become increasingly difficult for an automaker to conceal its projects. It’s a shame, really. That new winged grille and colored emblem would likely look great on the front of a modern Grand National.