2018 Buick Regal
The Buick Regal was completely overhauled (redesigned and re-engineered) for the 2018 model year, ushering in the sixth generation of the Regal nameplate while introducing two completely new body styles:
- 2018 Buick Regal sedan officially called Regal Sportback — a sedan with sleek, coupe-like design with five-door versatility, and
- 2018 Buick Regal wagon officially called Regal TourX — a wagon with the driving dynamics of a car but all the usefulness of an SUV
The new Regal TourX and Sportback represent two new products that expand the expectations and opportunity for individuality in the premium midsize segment.
The 2018 Buick Regal is offered in two body styles: a four door Sportback sedan and a five-door TourX ruggedized wagon. The Sportback replaces the previous-generation Regal Sedan while the TourX wagon represents a new body style for the Regal nameplate.
It is possible that Buick will introduce a high-performance variant of the sixth-generation Regal family called the Regal GS. Such a vehicle was not announced during the model’s unveiling in April 2017.
The 2018 Buick Regal is sold in various global markets under different brands and nameplates, including Opel, Vauxhall, Buick and Holden.
|Opel||Insignia||Europe, Russia, CIS|
|Buick||Regal||China, North America|
|Holden||Commodore||Oceania (Australia||New Zealand)|
Though we initially believed that GM would reintroduce the Regal Grand National and high-performance Regal GNX on its rear-drive Alpha platform, we have since learned from trusted sources that such a vehicle will not be coming to market. Instead, GM will maintain the Regal as front-drive midsize vehicle family.
See our initial (but incorrect) expectations about the 2017 Buick Regal Grand National and 2017 Buick Regal GNX.
Following were our expectations of the 2018 Buick Regal prior to its official unveiling:
- Available in four-door sedan (Buick Regal Sedan) and five-door wagon (Buick Regal Wagon or Buick Regal Tourx) body styles
- Longer than the model it replaces, with more interior room, especially in the rear seat as a result of a longer wheelbase and more efficient space utilization
- Unveiled in 2016 or 2017 as a 2018 model year vehicle
- All-new exterior design in line with the latest Buick-Opel-Vauxhall design language
- All-new interior that is of a higher quality and is also more space-efficient than the last-gen model, resulting in more interior room
- Based on GM’s new global E2XX platform directly shared with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, giving the 2018 Regal a transverse engine orientation sending power to the front wheels asstandard with all-wheel drive as an option
- We expect the 2018 Regal to be roughly 300 pounds (136 kg) lighter than last-generation Regal thanks to the light-weighting efforts of the new E2 platform. The lighter curb weight will result in better fuel economy as well as driving characteristics such as acceleration, braking, and handling
- New turbo-charged engine lineup:
- The latest IntelliLink infotainment system
- The latest active safety, driver assistance, and accident prevention systems
- High-performance Regal GS model will likelky return making 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, sending power to all four wheels via an advanced all-wheel-drive system
- Starting from the mid-$30,000 range
- Very closely related if not identical to the upcoming 2017 Opel Insignia/Vauxhall Insignia and next-generation 2018 Holden Commodore
- 2018 Buick Regal GS
- 2018 Buick Regal Sportback Sedan
- 2018 Buick Regal TourX Wagon