2018 Buick Regal Sportback
All-new for the 2018 model year, the Buick Regal Sportback replaces the Buick Regal sedan in the markets of United States and Canada. The new Regal Sportback 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, according to Buick.
“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.”
This article is about the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback for the North American market, which replaced the traditional Regal Sedan with the new Sportback form factor North America. The Sportback differs from the sedan in rear-end appearance and in terms of the cargo area and associated cargo space. For information on the Chinese-market Regal Sedan, see this entry: 2018 Buick Regal Sedan.
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.
Notably, the Regal Sportback is not the same thing as a Regal sedan.
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 using the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission is standard, with FWD models rated at 250 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque. An intelligent torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission is optional. AWD models make 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
|Market||OEM||Model Year||Brand||Model||Engine||Aspiration||Drive||Trans||Power (hp / kW @ RPM)||Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM)|
|U.S., Canada||General Motors Company||2018||Buick||Regal Sportback||2.0L I4 LTG DOHC||Turbo||FWD||9-speed auto M3D||250 / 186.4 @ 5400||260 / 351 @ 2000-5200|
|U.S., Canada||General Motors Company||2018||Buick||Regal Sportback||2.0L I4 LTG DOHC||Turbo||AWD||8-speed auto MRC||250 / 186.4 @ 5400||295 / 395 @ 3000-4000|
|U.S., Canada||General Motors Company||2018||Buick||Regal Sportback GS||3.6L V6 LGX DOHC||Atmospheric||AWD||9-speed auto M3T||310 / 231 @ 6800||282 / 381 @ 5200|
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.
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:
Driver Confidence II Package adds:
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 Buick Regal Sportback is sold exclusively in the United States and Canada.
The 2018 Buick Regal Regal launched in the fourth quarter of 2017 in North America.
The sixth-generation Buick Regal is available in several body styles and variants in various global markets. In Europe, the Buick Regal Sportback is available under the Opel brand (called Vauxhall in the United Kingdom) as the Opel Insignia Grand Sport (Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport) , albeit with a various differences.
Following are all the major derivatives of the sixth-generation Buick Regal family.
|General Motors Company||Buick||Regal Sportback||Sportback / Liftback||North America|
|General Motors Company||Buick||Regal GS (Regal GS Sportback)||Sportback / Liftback||North America|
|General Motors Company||Buick||Regal TourX||Rugged Wagon||North America|
|Shanghai GM||Buick||Regal GS||Sedan||China|
|Adam Opel AG||Opel||Insignia Grand Sport||Sportback / Liftback||Europe (excluding United Kingdom)|
|Adam Opel AG||Opel||Insignia Sports Tourer||Wagon||Europe (excluding United Kingdom)|
|Adam Opel AG||Opel||Insignia Country Tourer||Ruggedized Wagon||Europe (excluding United Kingdom)|
|Adam Opel AG||Vauxhall||Insignia Grand Sport||Sportback / Liftback||United Kingdom|
|Adam Opel AG||Vauxhall||Insignia Sports Tourer||Wagon||United Kingdom|
|Adam Opel AG||Vauxhall||Insignia Country Tourer||Ruggedized Wagon||United Kingdom|
|GM Holden Ltd||Holden||Commodore||Sportback / Liftback||Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)|
|GM Holden Ltd||Holden||Commodore Tourer||Wagon||Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)|
|Trim Level||Trim Code||Mode||Code||Starting Price (USD)|
|Sportback FWD (base)||1SV||4ZU68||$25,915|
|Preferred II FWD||1SC||4ZX68||$30,695|
|Preferred II AWD||1SC||4ZG68||32,695|
Buick identifies the following key competitors for the 2018 Regal Sportback:
- Audi A5 Sportback
- BMW 4-series Gran Coupe
- Volkswagen CC
- Acura TLX
The 2018 Regal Sportback rides on GM’s E2 platform shared with the following vehicles:
- All sixth-gen Buick Regal variants:
- Opel Insignia (second generation) / Vauxhall Insignia
- Holden Commodore NG
- Chevrolet Malibu (second generation)
- Cadillac XT4 (first generation)
- Buick LaCrosse (third generation), which rides on the long wheelbase variant of E2 platform
|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|