Lou Ann Hammond, Tue, 04 Jun 2019 09:19:58 PDT
Spirited driving meets sleek, sporty design and functionality are where you'll find the 2019 Buick Regal GS - a car for commutes that are anything but ordinary. As the brand's most dramatic expression of design and dynamics, this all-new model balances these key characteristics to provide customers excellent driving performance every day and in every season.
The 2019 Regal GS advances the nameplate with 51 more horsepower than the model it replaces, more refined transmission and AWD technology, all-new, heated/cooled and massaging performance seats and the added functionality and style of a five-door Sportback design. Starting at $39,990 with destination charges, the Regal GS offers luxury features at a price more attainable than competitors from Audi and BMW.
"This is a sport sedan designed for everyday driving, but one that makes every drive special," said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick, and GMC. "The new Regal GS is in the sweet spot of the market: more refined and luxurious than the mainstream, more value for the price with style and premium features on par with higher-end competitors, and with standard features like AWD with active twin clutch and a rear Sportback design that will surprise customers with its usefulness."
Regal GS Highlights:
* New 3.6L V-6 with 310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque featuring direct injection, cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology
* Standard nine-speed automatic transmission and intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) with active twin clutch for improved vehicle control, and five-link rear suspension
* GS-specific, AGR-certified, performance seats that are heated, cooled and massaging with adjustable seat and seat-back bolsters as well as thigh support
* Second-generation Continuous Damping Control (CDC) capable of 500 adjustments per second and Interactive Drive Control with GS and Sport modes
* Unique sport front and rear fascias, side skirts, and rear spoiler
* Standard 19-inch wheels
* Performance brakes with Brembo front calipers
* Sport-tuned exhaust system
* Sport flat-bottom steering wheel and metal pedals
* Available head-up display
Buick's most advanced new propulsion components come standard on the new Regal GS. With 310 horsepower, its refined 3.6-liter V-6 provides more power than an Acura TLX A-Spec or a Lexus IS350 F-Sport but offers seamless auto stop/start technology and can cruise on four cylinders. A sport-tuned dual exhaust system complements the V-6 engine.
Regal GS' intelligent AWD system with an active twin clutch can precisely transfer torque between the rear wheels for more refined and efficient performance, and the GS receives one of the first applications of the nine-speed automatic transmission in the Buick lineup that's mated to AWD. This advanced new transmission is on five different Buick models.
Every Regal GS also features Buick's Interactive Drive Control, allowing the driver to tailor the car's dynamics based on different drive experiences through a standard setting or Sport and GS modes selected via the center console. Interactive Drive Control utilizes Buick's second-generation Continuous Damping Control (CDC), adjusts suspension damping up to 500 times per second.
Versus a standard 2019 Regal Sportback, the GS also has standard Brembo brakes for more confident stopping power.
The new V-6 and nine-speed transmission, intelligent AWD, and CDC all work to deliver excellent driving performance.
Outside, Buick's signature sculptural beauty presents the car's sporting nature in an understated way with aggressive front and rear fascias, standard 19-inch wheels, a rear decklid spoiler, and GS badging front and rear. Full LED headlamps are an option.
Inside, the Regal features unique perforated GS-specific performance seats with integrated headrests and adjustable lumbar and thigh support bolsters. The seats are heated and ventilated and come standard with a massage function. The interior also features a standard heated flat-bottom sport steering wheel and GS-specific pedals and sill plates.
The 2019 Regal GS offers a cohesive and connected infotainment experience with an 8-inch diagonal touchscreen and 8-inch diagonal reconfigurable instrument cluster as standard equipment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility both come standard. A full-color head-up display is available with an optional Driver Confidence II package that also includes several safety features including Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.
The Regal GS is the highest performance expression of the 2019 Buick Regal GS. The car I drove started at $39,070, and the final price out the door was $44,210.