The Buick Regal GS was first introduced to the world in 1973 – sharing the same chassis and “Colonnade” style, hardtop roofline like the two-door Century and opera windows modeled after the Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Century and Cutlass Supreme.
The GS enjoyed a long history as one of the forerunners of the personal luxury coupe in America until it was replaced in 2005 by the LaCrosse.
After having undergone several names, sizes and body styles over the past four decades, we’ve been told that the Buick Regal GS is being upgraded to a larger more luxurious version of its predecessor for 2018.
The new Buick GS will be offered in two different trim levels, the Regal Sportback and the Regal TourX. Some in the industry say the Sportback version of the GS will have more aggressive styling than the last because of the front bumper design; larger wheels, subtle aero kit, and squared-shaped rear exhaust tips.
It’s also been rumored that a high-performance model will soon be added to the line-up. Sources say that from spy photos, the sport version features a larger grille than the Sportback and TourX and could also include either LED accent or fog lights.
Even though it looks very similar to the TourX, the sport trim has a raised bumper in the back. One other thing that might signal that this is a high-performance vehicle is the car’s Cadillac logo-bearing front brake calipers.
It’s also very likely that the sporty Buick Regal may take after the Regal’s corporate European cousin, the NG-Series Holden Commodore. That could mean that a V6 engine delivering 308 horsepower, married to a 9-speed automatic might be in the works. It could also offer all-wheel drive like the Commodore, but at this point, it’s just speculation.
As for the Regal GS Sportback, it’s possible that Buick may add a little more power, but we’ll have to wait until next year to see.
What those of us here at Anthony Buick do know is that the Sportback will be the only trim level to become a GS variant here in the U.S.