General Motors has discontinued the Preferred II trim level of the Buick Regal Sportback, GM Authority was first to learn.
According to sources, the trim level stopped being available to order as of late January in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.
The Preferred II trim slotted above the Preferred model but below the Essence, Avenir and GS models. Its discontinuation leaves the Buick Regal Sportback with the base, Preferred, Essence, Avenir, and GS trims.
The Preferred II trim level was powered by the turbocharged 2.0L I-4 LTG engine mated to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission. It was the only powertrain option available in the model. The vehicle included the following features beyond those offered on the Preferred I trim:
- SiriusXM Radio trial
- Buick Infotainment System with 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen (vs. 7-inch screen on Preferred)
- 4.2-inch diagonal multi-color driver information screen
- Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
- Interior ambient lighting
- Available wireless phone charging (not available on Preferred)
- Flat-folding 40/20/40 tri-folding rear seat vs 60-40 split-folding rear seat
- Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Fog lamps
- 18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels with painted pockets (vs. 17-inch 5-spoke aluminum wheels on Preferred)
- Remote start
- Electronic power steering
As of this writing, the official Buick website still shows the Preferred II trim level in the online configurator for the Regal.
|Trim Level:||Regal (Base)||Preferred||Preferred II*||Preferred II*||Essence||Essence||Avenir||GS|
- * – discontinued as of January 2019
About Buick Regal
The Buick Regal is a midsize-size premium passenger vehicle line that is currently in its sixth generation and slots above the compact Excelle and Verano (in China) and below the full-size LaCrosse (in North America and in China). The Regal family currently consists of the following models:
- Regal Sportback - a four-door Regal sedan with a liftback trunk
- Regal GS - a four-door Regal Sportback with several performance upgrades
- Regal TourX - a five-door ruggedized wagon
Buick revealed the all-new Regal in April 2017 at the New York Auto Show and the vehicles launched for the 2018 model year. The sixth-gen model is based on the GM E2 platform, which also underpins the 2016 and newer Chevrolet Malibu and upcoming Cadillac XT4. The Regal is also sold as the second-generation Opel-Vauxhall Insignia and the NG 2018 Holden Commodore in Australia and New Zealand by GM subsidiary Holden.
Prior to the launch of the sixth-gen model, the fifth-generation Regal was available for a total of seven model years, from 2011 thru 2017. That model rode on the GM Epsilon II platform also shared with the first-gen Opel-Vauxhall Insignia and eighth-generation Malibu.
For the 2019 model year, the Buick Regal family gets a new Avenir trim level, along with Whisper Beige seats with Ebony interior accents for the Regal Sportback as well as a new cabin air ionizer for the Sportback and TourX models.
The sixth-gen Buick Regal is built at the following facilities:
- Opel Rüsselsheim plant in Germany, satisfying North American markets, and
- Shanghai-GM Jinqiao South plant operated by GM China and its partner, SAIC, satisfying the Chinese market
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