While North America prepares for the hot 2018 Buick Regal GS, Buick’s healthiest market—China—will soon be graced with a greener Regal.
Alongside the reveal of the Chinese-spec Regal GS, which uses the old Regal’s 2.0-liter turbocharged LTG four-cylinder engine, Buick also announced a Regal Hybrid will join the nameplate’s lineup. The variant was mentioned only in passing and was referred to as forthcoming.
However, Buick did provide a few nuggets of information surrounding the Regal Hybrid. When it launches, it will arrive with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired to GM’s electronically-controlled, intelligent-variable transmission. Additionally, the Buick Regal Hybrid will be “supported by an industry-leading high-performance lithium-ion battery pack.” Further details are unavailable at this time.
Buick also sells the LaCrosse with a hybrid variant in China. It also uses an identical 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain; alas, the hybrid powertrain is not available in North America. Instead, Buick announced a 2.5-liter four-cylinder eAssist engine will become the standard powertrain with the 2018 Buick LaCrosse. Previously, the LaCrosse was only available with a 3.6-liter LGX V6 engine. In turn, the starting price drops nearly $3,000.
The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback and TourX launch this fall in the United States, but it remains to be seen if similar hybridization will make its way to North American shores.