The GS version of the Regal mid-size sedan is part of it Buick’s recent attempts to reposition themselves as a semi-premium brand below Cadillacits traditional place in the General Motors line, after years of marketing, mostly designed by badges Chevrolet. As a sporty Regal variant, the GS comes with a stiffer, sportier suspension, a more powerful engine than the standard Regal, and a dechrome-plated look to compete for a bargain price. Audi S4 or BMW 3 Series. Like the base Regal SportbackGS is a four-door hatchback, and a new one Regal TourX crossover-versatile slots between the two for price and position. The GS has unique front and rear panels, new vents and its own radiator grille, a small spoiler, dual exhaust tips and 19-inch GS wheels with standard P245 / 40R-19 tires. Buick Regal is based on the Opel Insignia, so the future of the model in the coming years remains uncertain after the purchase of PSA Opel / Vauxhall from GM in 2017.
What’s new in 2018?
Regal GS is a brand new car of 2018 with recycled metal, brand new interior and replaced by atmospheric V-6 The four-cylinder turbocharged engine of 2017. In 2018, the wheelbase increased by 0.7 inches, the overall length – by 2.7 inches, and the body – by 0.2 inches.
Engine, transmission and performance
The Regal GS gets a 51-horsepower increase to 310 horsepower by abandoning last year’s standard four-cylinder turbocharged engine in favor of the 3.6-liter V-6. The GS only comes with all-wheel drive with torque vector to better compete with rear-wheel drive sports sedans. Compared to standard Regals, the GS also adds Brembo brakes and adaptive shock absorbers with a choice of driver conventional, sports and GS driving modes. However, the choice of sporty steering settings “GS” only adds weight without adding emotion and feedback. The V-6 deceptively develops speed on entertaining mountain roads, and the fastened chassis promotes confidence of the driver. Standard all-season tires, which replace rubber with GS ’17 performance, scream when turning hard when the car settles in a soft understeer. The automation doesn’t come with petal switches for manual control of nine gears, but the transmission does a great job of keeping the V-6 in the power range. The brakes feel progressive, with severe braking ability and no damping.
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Interior, comfort and cargo
In our first test drive, we named the GS front sports seats heated, cooled and massaged with built-in headrests, hip support and adjustable lumbar support. The GS also comes with a flat bottom steering wheel. Thanks to the larger wheelbase and extra length compared to the previous model, the rear seats have more legroom, and the cabin is comfortable for four or even five passengers. The full color display comes with the Driver Confidence II package. The volume of the luggage compartment behind the rear seat is 31.5 cubic feet, and the capacity is 60.7 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded.
Infotainment program and communication
The 8.0-inch (diagonally) touchscreen and 8.0-inch dashboard with reconfiguration come standard with OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi with a free three-month three-gigabyte trial. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard.
Security features and crash test ratings
For more information on the results of the Regal GS crash test, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS) websites.
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