We heard last year Buick was toying with the idea of plopping a V6 engine under the hood of the 2018 Regal, and it seems said idea will be coming to fruition.
The Truth About Cars reports Buick Canada’s official website posted a brief snippet of information regarding the next Regal GS and makes mention of a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system. The passage reads as follows:
Engineered to make getting there all the fun, the all-new Regal’s excellent driving performance is something to be experienced with available new powertrain and AWD system (3.6L V6 on GS and Twin Clutch AWD).
While the nugget of information has since been deleted from the website, the evidence remains in Google. Performing a quick search reveals the page’s information cached on the internet. Buick declined to comment on the information’s authenticity.
The 3.6-liter V6 will more than likely take the form of General Motor’s 3.6-liter LGX V6, which finds a home in plenty of other GM vehicles. Specifically, the engine makes 335 horsepower in the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro V6 1LE, certainly a power figure not worthy of a scoff.
Of course, there is one family member that has already been confirmed to house a V6 engine: the 2018 Holden Commodore. Holden confirmed it had lobbied for a V6-powered variant early on in the development of the Opel Insignia Grand Sport/Holden Commodore/Buick Regal. The V6 will also be paired with a torque vectoring all-wheel drive system.
It seems unlikely Buick will employ forced induction at this time, judging by the phrasing from the website, but we won’t know anything certain until the brand makes the 2018 Buick Regal GS something official.