2018 Buick Regal Sportback Sedan
All-new for the 2018 model year, the Buick Regal Sportback replaces the Buick Regal sedan. It provides a sleek, sporty, coupe-like design, the spirited performance of a premium sports sedan, as well as unexpected versatility to deliver a perfect balance of form and function.
“The new Regal Sportback was developed with today’s active, independent, premium car customer in mind,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. “They have an SUV in the garage and are looking to complement it with a sport sedan, but have an appreciation for the usefulness of a versatile cargo space when an occasional need arises.”
The Regal Sportback features a visually low and tailored design. With wheels pushed farther to the corners and a wheelbase stretched more than 3 inches than its predecessor, the vehicle pairs more expressive proportions with improved passenger space.
Up front, Buick’s tri-color shield logo sits atop the brand’s new winged grille, which is flanked by LED daytime running lights featuring Buick’s signature Wing design elements as well as low-placed fog lights. Optional LED headlights are thinner and more landscaped than the standard lights, enhancing the low, wide appearance of the front end.
The profile clearly shows a coupe-like roofline that communicates expressive style and passion, while the five-door layout enables easier access to cargo space. The roofline is clearly outlined by a chrome accent piece.
A stylized “fin” sits just aft of the rear glass, housing the vehicle’s various antennae while the fuel door is located on the passenger side. To note, the hood-mounted portholes that graced the previous-generation Regal and other Buick models is not present on the 2018 Regal family.
The rear end features Buick’s tri-color shield flanked by LED-accented taillamps, an integrated decklid spoiler and circular dual exhaust outlets.
In keeping with its sporting nature, the Regal Sportback’s cabin takes a driver-centric approach, as the center stack skews towards the driver for an integrated feel, and the cabin’s craftsmanship is characterized by clean lines, uncluttered surfaces, premium materials and a host of modern technologies,
The model features Signature Buick QuietTuning, which now includes all-new tire insulation to help reduce road noise. Standard active noise cancellation is standard on all AWD models.
The second row seats features a 60/40 split-folding seat standard and tri-folding 40/20/40 split-folding available. With second row seats in place, the new Regal Sportback offers 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space, more than twice as much as the Regal Sedan it replaces.
The 2018 Regal Sportback is filled with the latest in-vehicle technologies, including standard push-button start and entry, IntelliLink infotainment system with Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and more. Other standard features include universal home remote and heated side mirrors.
A 7-inch IntelliLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard. An 8-inch system with available embedded navigation is optional.
A Bose premium audio system is optional.
Every Regal Sportback comes equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (AT&T data plan purchase is required after limited data trial period) and five years of the OnStar Basic Plan at no additional cost.
Among other benefits like the myBuick app, the service includes OnStar Smart Driver — an opt-in service designed to help Buick owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance and become better drivers.
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is powered exclusively by GM’s ubiquitous 2.0-liter four-cylinder LTG engine with standard start/stop technology. The engine makes 250 horsepower and either 260 or 295 pound-feet of torque, depending on the drivetrain.
Front-wheel drive via GM’s new 9-speed automatic transmission is standard. FWD models are rated at 250 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque.
An intelligent torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system with an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional. AWD models boast 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
The AWD system uses an active twin-clutch differential at the rear wheels for seamless, smart torque distribution, resulting in improved vehicle control and efficiency in any condition. Beneficial not just in snowy weather but also during spirited driving, the system relies less on braking to maintain maximum performance and efficiency. The same system is available on the Regal TourX, Envision and LaCrosse, and will likely debut on the 2018 Buick Enclave.
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback offers new levels of crash prevention and protection, including ten standard airbags, Front Pedestrian Braking and Buick’s first active hood pedestrian safety system.
The vehicle offers two optional Driver Confidence Packages:
Driver Confidence I Package includes:
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert
- Rear Park Assist
Driver Confidence II Package adds:
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Forward Collision Alert
- Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking
The 2018 Regal family is the first Buick to offer a standard active hood pedestrian safety system that senses the imminent impact of a pedestrian between 16-30 mph and uses a pyrotechnic actuator to lift the back of the hood up about 4 inches to lessen the impact and potentially reduce injury.
The 2018 Regal Sportback’s chassis has been tuned for refined control and a confident everyday driving character.
AWD models feature an all-new five-link rear suspension that provides improved road noise isolation and tuning designed to match that drivetrain’s advanced capabilities, while signature Buick QuietTuning includes all-new tire insulation to help reduce road noise on front-wheel-drive models.
Hill Start Assist is standard.
The 2018 Regal uses an advanced body structure that is stiffer, stronger and approximately 200 pounds lighter than the previous-generation Regal, resulting in a better driving experience, increased agility and better fuel economy. The weight reduction is the result of GM’s new E2 platform on which the new Regal is based.
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback is available in four trim levels:
- Regal (base)
- Preferred II
Buick says that the vehicle is aimed “at those who possess a passion for driving and demand a vehicle that represents their personality and style.”
The 2018 Regal Sportback will be available in North America and in China. It will also be available in other markets under other names, including:
|Opel||Insignia||Europe, Russia, CIS|
|Holden||Commodore||Oceania (Australia||New Zealand)|
In addition, the Regal Sportback derives a rugged five-door variant called the Regal TourX.
The 2018 Regal Sportback goes on sale in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Pricing and other details will be announced closer to the 2018 Regal’s on-sale date in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Buick says that the “Regal Sportback will offer style and performance on par with more expensive competitors, with a pricing strategy consistent with why Buick has been named Kelley Blue Book’s Best Value Luxury Brand four years in a row.”
Buick identifies the following key competitors for the 2018 Regal Sportback:
- Audi A5 Sportback
- BMW 4-series Gran Coupe
- Volkswagen CC
- Acura TLX
|Body style:||midsize sedan|
|Driveline:||transversely-mounted front engine; front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive|
|EPA vehicle class:||sedan|
|Key competitors:||Acura TLX, Audi A5 Sportback, Volkswagen CC, BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe|
|Engine:||2.0L turbocharged I-4|
|GM engine RPO code:||LTG|
|Displacement (cu in / cc):||122 cu in / 1998 cc|
|Bore & stroke (in / mm):||3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86|
|Block material:||cast aluminum|
|Cylinder head material:||cast aluminum|
|Valvetrain:||DOHC, four valves per cylinder with CVVT|
|Fuel delivery:||side direct fuel injection|
|Horsepower (FWD models) (hp @ rpm):||250 hp @ 5400 RPM|
|Horsepower (AWD models) (hp @ rpm):||250 hp @ 5500 RPM|
|Torque (FWD models) (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||260 lb.-ft. @ 2000-5200 RPM|
|Torque (AWD models) (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||295 lb. ft. @ 3000-4000 RPM|
|Transmission (FWD models):||9-speed automatic|
|Transmission (AWD models):||8-speed automatic|
Chassis & Suspension
|Suspension (front):||MacPherson strut|
|Steering type:||Rack-mounted electric power steering|
|Turning circle (17” wheel) (ft / m):||39 ft. / 11.9 m|
|Turning circle (18” wheel) (ft / m):||41 ft. / 12.5 m|
|Wheel size and type:||17-inch aluminum or 18-inch aluminum|
|Tires:||Continental ProContact tx 245/45R18|
|Wheelbase (in / mm):||111.4 / 2829|
|Overall length (in / mm):||192.9 / 4899|
|Overall width (in / mm):||73.3 / 1863|
|Overall height (in / mm):||57.3 / 1455|
|Front track (in / mm):||62.8 / 1596|
|Rear track (in / mm):||63.0 / 1599|
|Curb weight (Regal base) (lb / kg):||3748 / 1700|
|Curb weight (Preferred) (lb / kg):||3840 / 1742|
|Curb weight (Premium) (lb / kg):||3885 / 1762|
|Curb weight (Essence) (lb / kg):||3902 / 1770|
|Seating capacity:||up to five passengers|
|Front headroom (in / mm):||38.8 / 985|
|Rear headroom (in / mm):||37.4 / 952|
|Front legroom (in / mm):||42.1 / 1070|
|Rear legroom (in / mm):||36.9 / 936|
|Front shoulder room (in / mm):||56.9 / 1444|
|Rear shoulder room (in / mm):||55.4 / 1407|
|Front hip room (in / mm):||55.2 / 1403|
|Rear hip room (in / mm):||54.1 / 1375|
|Cargo volume (rear seats up) (cu. ft.):||31.5 cu. ft.|
|Cargo volume (rear seats folded) (cu. ft.):||60.7 / 3002|