According to Buick, the 2018 Regal GS is “a car for commutes that are anything but common.” With the noble 3.6-liter LGX engine under the hood working in conjunction with the new GM 9-speed transmission and an active twin-clutch all-wheel drive system, AGR-certified seats with heating, ventilation and massaging capability, along with the added functionality and style of a five-door sportback design, the 2018 Regal GS certainly advances the nameplate. Helping it advance things ever further is the electronically-controlled Continuous Damping Control active suspension system.
Continuous Damping Control (CDC)
Continuous Damping Control (CDC) is an active suspension technology that delivers two specific benefits:
- An optimized ride comfort and handling capabilities by adjusting the suspension system in real time to varying road surfaces and profiles at a maximum rate of 500 adjustments per second, and
- Interactive Drive Control with Touring, Sport and GS modes, which allow the driver to tailor the car’s dynamics based on different driving requirements via a setting on the center console; Touring mode serves as the more relaxed standard setting, while Sport and GS modes are more athletic
In other words, the dynamic nature of CDC adjusts the suspension as needed, while the Interactive Drive Control allows the driver to customize the ride preferences, all in the name of better ride quality.
Assigned RPO code F45, the CDC setup in the 2018 Regal GS represents the second iteration of the system. Standard on the GS, CDC is not available for other 2018 Regal models such as the the Regal Sportback and the ruggedized Regal wagon (TourX).
Notably, one should not confuse CDC with GM’s critically-acclaimed Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) technology. Though both are active suspension technologies, CDC can be thought of as “light” version of MRC, as it does not use shocks filled with magnetorheological fluid.
More GS-Specific Features
Other GS-specific features include:
- New 3.6L V-6 LGX with 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque with direct injection, cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology
- Standard nine-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on FWD Regal Sportback models, with the Regal GS adding intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) with active twin clutch for improved vehicle control
- Five-link rear suspension, with standard Regal Sportback models getting a less robust four-link setup
- GS-specific, AGR-certified, performance seats that are heated, ventilated and massaging with adjustable seat and seat-back bolsters as well as thigh support
- Unique sport front and rear fascias, side skirts and rear spoiler
- Standard 19-inch wheels
- Performance brakes with Brembo front calipers
- Sport-tuned exhaust system
- Sport flat-bottom steering wheel and metal pedals
- Available head-up display, as part of optional GS Driver Confidence Package II
Pricing & Availability
The 2018 Buick Regal GS is on sale now and has a base MSRP of $39,990, including a $925 destination charge.
At the time of this writing, there is a $500 Cash Allowance, bringing the MSRP down to $39,495.