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China Leaks Next Buick Regal GS

China Leaks Next Buick Regal GS

The Chinese car news website CarNewsChina has stumbled upon photos it says are of the 2018 Buick Regal GS. Which, if history is any indication with this particular publication, they are probably of the real deal Regal GS.

The photos depict a Regal that’s sporting revised front and rear fascias, rocker panel extensions, graphite colored wheels and a red “GS” badge in the grille. The overall look is certainly more aggressive than the base 2018 Regal, but perhaps a touch classier than the current Regal GS with its vertical “hangs” in the front fascia.

Along with the photos, the publication is reporting that the Chinese version of the Regal GS will be saddled with a 255 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four; basically the same engine as today’s Regal GS. That said, the car will apparently gain GM’s 3.6-liter V-6 in North America. The report alleges that the North American car will have 340 horsepower from the V-6, but it’s important to note that no other application of GM’s naturally aspirated 3.6-liter achieves 340 horsepower, so we’re taking that one with a grain of salt.

Despite the difference in powertrains, one can expect the North American Regal GS to look pretty similar to the car in the photos here.

Buick has not officially confirmed that another Regal GS will happen, much less stated when we can expect to see it on the market. Our guess is that the brand will reveal it later this year with an on-sale date of early 2018.



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  1. germeezy1
    This will be the only application of the LGX V6 / 9A in a FWD based car unfortunately. This car is actually in my opinion more of a TLX/ MKZ competitor than it is a Fusion competitor.
    China gets all the nice stuff...
    Something better than the 3.6 needs to be in there. I swear I say this in every thread, but GM needs a bigger than the 3.6 option in pretty much every application of the 3.6. A 400 HP something or other, maybe the 3.0TT from the CT6. You could put it in the C1xx, Alphas, Colorado/Canyon, Lacrosse Super, any number of other places where they could push trim levels upward. More power, more profits.
    The performance numbers for the fusion sport aren't impressive at all for the level of power. Also, the suspension still sucks. For the GS if GM nails the driving dynamics then I think it will be worthy of the GS badge. Who is the Regal GS's direct competitor's? Some models have a lot of power but no sport tuned suspension. Others will probably be a lot more expensive like the infiniti redline.

    Agreed on the Fusion Sport: it turned out porky! The n/a GM six is apparently reasonably compact and light. But, based on preliminary numbers, an AWD V6 GS might still approach 3900-ish pounds. At that weight, It might be stable and responsive, but it isn't going to be much quicker than the lighter Malibu with the turbo and the nine-speed. In fact, that car, which I believe is lighter than the Regal as it is not protected for AWD, is a tune and a suspension package away from being a decent sports sedan.
    That looks terrible.

    Is this a standard GM issue sticker and tape package or is it the read deal the GS? Either way....Yuk!!!. I truly prefer the previous Regal; that car looks way better than this mess. The stick on rocker extentions make a dated design look even more dated.

    I'm sorry,but for me this car even it this "sportier" guise is still a big fat bland pass.
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