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    New York 2018: 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet Follow in the Sedan's Footsteps

      Its all about the small changes


    Mercedes-Benz used the Geneva Motor Show to introduce an updated version of the C-Class sedan. Next week at the New York Auto Show, Mercedes will follow this up with the introduction of the 2019 C-Class coupe and cabriolet.

    The exterior is slightly re-worked with a new grille and LED head and taillights. C43 models feature more prominent diffuser and circular exhaust tips at the rear.  Inside, all C-Class coupes and cabriolets get a larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen as standard. A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is available as an option.

    The C 300's turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder sees a slight boost in horsepower from 241 to 255. On the other end, the C43's 3.0L twin-turbo V6 sees horsepower bumped from 362 to 385. 

    On the safety front, the C-Class coupe and cabriolet can be optioned with the Intelligent Drive suite of driver assistance technologies. This includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, land change assist, active steering assist, and automatic emergency braking.

    Like the 2019 C-Class sedan, the coupe and cabriolet will be available at Mercedes dealers later this year.

    Source: Mercedes-Benz
    Press Release is on Page 2


    The new C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet

    • The two-door C-Class models are now even sportier

    Mar 20, 2018 – Stuttgart: Just a few weeks after the world premiere of the newly updated C-Class sedan and wagon, the two-door version of the C-Class appears in top form with the redesigned coupe and cabriolet. Sportiness and driving pleasure have been enhanced with a sharper design, digital cockpit and new, more powerful engines. The new, efficient four-cylinder engine on the C 300 and C 300 4MATIC models and upgraded AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 in the Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC underscore the dynamic nature of this highly emotional and appealing C-Class model. The redesigned 2019 C- Class Coupe and Cabriolet will be celebrating their World Premiere at the New York International Auto Show in March 2018 and will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018.

    The secret of the C-Class's success is partly due to the wide model range, also including two sporty two-door versions: the coupe, launched at the end of 2015, and the cabriolet, launched in 2016, each address the heart and mind in equal measure.

    Shortly after the redesigned C-Class Sedan was introduced, the two-door models too are benefiting from extensive revisions. The most important enhancements at a glance:

    • New four-cylinder engine for sporty driving pleasure with high efficiency
    • Advancement of the sporty design in particular at the front and tail end, new light-alloy wheels, new colors
    • Standard LED High Performance headlamps with new design; optional LED Intelligent headlamps with ULTRA WIDE Highbeam
    • Enhanced interior with larger central media display equipped as standard (10.25 inches), optionally available digital instrument cluster (12.3 inches) and new multifunction steering wheel with Touch Control Buttons. Many opportunities for individualization, e.g. through new Natural Grain trim elements
    • Future-oriented driving assistance systems from Mercedes-Benz with S-Class functions and cooperative driver support

    Sport plus efficiency: new four-cylinder

    The following C-Class Coupe and models are available:

    Coupe

    C 300

    C 300
    4MATIC

    AMG C 43

    Cylinders/arrangement

    4/in-line

    4/in-line

    6/V

    Displacement (cc)

    1,991

    1,991

    2,996

    Output (hp)

    255

    255

    385

    at rpm

    5,800-6,100

    5,800-6,100

    6,100

    Max. torque (lb-ft)

    273

    273

    384

    at rpm

    1,800-4,000

    1,800-4,000

    2,500-5,000

    Acceleration 0-60 mph (s)

    5.9 est.

    5.9 est.

    4.5 est.

    Top speed (mph)
    (electronically limited)

    130

    130

    130

     

    Cabriolet

    C 300

    C 300
    4MATIC

    AMG C 43

    Cylinders/arrangement

    4/in-line

    4/in-line

    6/V

    Displacement (cc)

    1,991

    1,991

    2,996

    Output (hp)

    255

    255

    385

    at rpm

    5,800-6,100

    5,800-6,100

    6,100

    Max. torque (lb-ft)

    273

    273

    384

    at rpm

    1,800-4,000

    1,800-4,000

    2,500-5,000

    Acceleration
    0-60 mph (s)

    6.1 est.

    6.2 est.

    4.6 est.

    Top speed (mph)
    (electronically limited)

    130

    130

    130

    More powerful, more efficient engine

    The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will also benefit from a new 2.0-liter inline-4 turbo engine that produces 255 hp (vs. 241 previously), an increase in 14 hp, and 273 lb-ft of torque. The Coupe and Cabriolet are also equipped with a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission that affords a dynamic driving experience.

    Mercedes-AMG: More performance for the C 43

    With a multitude of carefully coordinated measures the AMG developers have enhanced the vehicle dynamics even further. The AMG-enhanced 3.0-liter V6 engine now produces 385 hp (vs. 362 hp previously), an increase in 23 hp. The peak torque of 384 lb-ft is available in a wide engine speed range from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. The new C 43 Coupe accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds (estimated), and the Cabriolet in 4.6 seconds (estimated).

    4MATIC all-wheel drive: Traction even in difficult road conditions

    At market launch the C 300 is available with 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive for improved traction and driving stability, especially in adverse road conditions. The 4MATIC has an active all-wheel torque distribution of 45 % to the front and 55 % to the rear. As ever, the combination of the ESP® driving dynamics control system with the 4ETS electronic traction system makes regular differential locks superfluous. This saves weight and noticeably improves handling safety as well as ride comfort.

    The all-wheel drive is standard equipment for the Mercedes-AMG C 43, and features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear axle split of 31 to 69 percent.

    More dynamic design and LED High Performance headlamps as standard

    The newly redesigned C-Class combines emotion with intelligence. The vehicle's appearance is defined in particular by its front and tail end and the design of the headlamps and taillamps.

    The front design exudes sportiness at first glance. Powerful styling elements such as the new bumper and the standard-fit diamond radiator grille lend the two-door C-Class models an individual character. The standard-fit LED High Performance headlamps have a new design that lends an especially distinctive appearance. For the first time in this model series, LED Intelligent headlamps with ULTRA WIDE high beam are additionally available (see below for details).

    The rear appears broad and agile, thanks to dynamic details and a standard-fit two-pipe exhaust system. A particular highlight both day and night are the revised, more accentuated all-LED taillamps.

    The sporty design features are heightened with the AMG Line. For example, the AMG Line exterior includes the diamond radiator grille with chrome pins plus an AMG-specific front bumper with new geometry, sporty air intakes and its chromed trim element. The exterior with the Night Package sports an even more athletic look with its black design features. These include the black trim elements in the AMG front bumper and the AMG rear bumper plus exterior mirror housings painted in high-gloss black.

    The paint color spectrum has also been broadened. New colors are Mojave Silver Metallic and – exclusively for the coupe and cabriolet within the C-Class family: Graphite Grey.

    Digital cockpit

    The sporty interior with its individual integral-look seats is characterized by further-enhanced perceived quality and flowing shapes and the facelift takes it into the digital era.

    The center console is characterized by an elegant flowing trim element with new materials: Natural Grain Brown Walnut or Natural Grain Grey Oak.
    Magma Grey/Black are newly available as interior colors.

    The KEYLESS-GO starting function is standard. The start/stop button comes in a new turbine-look design. The vehicle key also features a new design.

    On the cabriolet, the soft top can be operated from the outside with the vehicle key and the "Open/Close" buttons.

    An eye on the future: fully digital instrument cluster available as an option

    The standard multimedia display above the center console has a 10.25-inch screen. The C-Class also features a new optional, fully-digital instrument cluster with the three visually distinguishable styles "Classic," "Sport" and "Progressive," which also transform the look of the central display when equipped with this option.

    The C-Class has touch-sensitive controls in the steering wheel that respond to swiping motions like the screen of a smartphone. They enable the driver to control the functions of the instrument cluster and of the entire infotainment system without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. The operation of DISTRONIC and cruise control with controls directly on the steering wheel is another new feature.

    The infotainment system can additionally be operated via the touchpad with controller (new: haptic feedback) in the center console or by means of voice control. Vehicle functions such as the seat heating can now also be voice controlled. The optional head-up display is now adjustable over an even wider range.

    Future-oriented assistance systems on a par with the S-Class

    The new C-Class features the latest Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems offering the driver cooperative support, and therefore provides a higher level of active safety than its predecessor. The C-Class is able to drive semi- autonomously in certain situations. To do this it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation: improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to approximately 1,640 feet (500 m) ahead. The vehicle's surroundings are scanned by radar across a distance of up to approximately 820 feet (250 m) to the front, 130 feet (40 m) to the sides and 260 feet (80 m) to the rear, while with the camera a range of up to 1,640 feet (500 m) is possible to the front, including 295 feet (90 m) in 3D.

    The C-Class also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions. For example, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the Driver Assistance Package is able to give the driver map-based support in numerous situations, and predictively adjust the speed e.g. when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts. Other new developments include intuitively understandable Active Lane Change Assist and Active Emergency Stop Assist as new functions of Active Steering Assist.

    The new C-Class comes with extended Active Brake Assist as standard. Depending on the situation, this can help to mitigate the consequences of rear- end collisions with slow-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or prevent them altogether.

    LED Intelligent headlamps: Optimum visibility in all conditions

    LED Intelligent headlamps are new and available on request in the coupe and cabriolet. These allow electronically controlled adjustment of the headlamps to suit the current traffic situation.

    In high-beam mode, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus enables continuous long- range illumination of the road ahead. When no other road user is detected, the road ahead is straight and the vehicle speed is above 25 mph, ULTRA WIDE high beam is switched on automatically. When there are oncoming vehicles or vehicles ahead, the high beam is automatically switched off. The ULTRA WIDE high beams are always active only if high beam mode has been manually switched on.

    The multimedia systems: Tailor-made information and music offerings

    The C-Class comes as standard featuring Apple CarPlayTM and Android Auto smartphone integration, two USB ports, an SD card reader, Bluetooth connection and media interface.

    The latest-generation COMAND Navigation available as optional equipment offers fast 3D hard-disc navigation with topographical map display, photo- realistic 3D buildings and 3D map rotations. Comprehensive information is displayed on the navigation map: in addition to real-time traffic density information it can e.g. include Car-to-X warning messages, the weather, filling stations including current fuel prices and free parking spaces.

    With the Concierge service (included for one year in conjunction with COMAND, and available as a subscription service thereafter), Mercedes me connect customers have a host of individual services at their disposal: from making restaurant reservations and obtaining tips about tourist routes, to gathering information on cultural or sporting events and sending navigation destinations directly to the vehicle.

    The C-Class uses NFC technology

    Mobile devices corresponding to the Qi standard can be charged conveniently while on the move with the optional wireless charging system. The charging surface in the quick stowage tray at the front of the center console is also suitable for large smartphones.

    Both C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models are produced at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant. The redesigned 2019 C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will be celebrating their World Premiere at the New York International Auto Show in March 2018 and will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018.



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    19 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    Everyone likes LED lights, more power and bigger screens, so nice little improvements. 

    More power is the only thing I like in your list there.

    LED lights?

    Cool, I guess. Neat feature. Like chrome trim was back in the day. But it aint something that makes or breaks a deal for me.

    Bigger screens?

    The only bigger screen I want is bigger windows so I could see where the phoque Im driving...because I actually...um...drive. I like to look out the damned window when I.....um....drive.  Im not into TV screens on my console. I prefer buttons. No...I dont talk to my car to turn on the heat. I talk to my wife to turn HER heat on if you know what I mean...

    So...the more power part is the only thing I like.  The only thing I get excited for. That and when I get my wife excited...SHE still turns me on!  

     

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    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    What a BLAND auto, no Passion at all! :nono:

    A RWD 2dr convertible has 'no passion'??   BS.   Cadillac needs something like this...something fun instead of more boring, bland transverse engine FWD CUV lease appliances....

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    3 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    A RWD 2dr convertible has 'no passion'??   BS.   Cadillac needs something like this...something fun instead of more boring, bland transverse engine FWD CUV lease appliances....

    Or at the very least, some CUVs and SUVs that have sporty intentions...

    BMW and Mercedes offers those too...even though I dont like ANY CUV or SUV short of a Wrangler, I do recognize trends in the market place...

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    3 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    Or at the very least, some CUVs and SUVs that have sporty intentions...

    BMW and Mercedes offers those too...even though I dont like ANY CUV or SUV short of a Wrangler, I do recognize trends in the market place...

    And BMW and M-Bs SUVs are RWD/AWD SUVs, not generic FWD/AWD transverse engine CUV appliances...(not talking about the entry level shit like the X1 and GLA, but the good stuff).  GM doesn't even have a RWD/AWD SUV unibody platform; so Cadillac gets stuck with the FWD/AWD transverse engine CUV appliances..

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    19 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    A RWD 2dr convertible has 'no passion'??   BS.   Cadillac needs something like this...something fun instead of more boring, bland transverse engine FWD CUV lease appliances....

    It is all yours, never got the convertible thing, does nothing for me. I have to laugh at the waste of seats in the rear as you can see they are useless when any real person drives and then they pull them up to make the rear headrests look like big space from the front headrests and yet they are then so close to the dash which means only small people can drive the car.

    As far as the look goes, BLAND, Dash just looks cheap and as I said your welcome to the Convertible thing, and all the skin cancer that goes with it. Just never saw or got the convertible thing even when riding in them, no big deal to me, but I do acknowledge that to others they love that open air driving.

    MEH, I take an MB CUV over this every day!

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    We know, you can only appreciate vehicles that can seat NBA players or NFL linebackers.  You can't seem to comprehend that not everyone wants or needs a 6000lb SUV.

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    12 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    We know, you can only appreciate vehicles that can seat NBA players or NFL linebackers.  You can't seem to comprehend that not everyone wants or needs a 6000lb SUV.

    I dont  need or want a 6000 lbs SUV.

    I do however want a 6000 lbs sedan or coupe. I dont need that either. But I want one. 

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    But Ill take a small convertible if anybody offered me one. 

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    *SIGH*

    Cadillac does NOT offer a car like this Benz though, so my choices are limited if I wanted to spend  a good chunk of my money on a small convertible and I wanted a luxury oriented convertible. Sure there is the Camaro convertible, but I want to buy something from a luxury brand....

    Yup...Benz it is! 

    So yeah...I  too call bullshyte MR. DFELT on the C Class convertible lacking passion!

    PS: It dont matter if the dash "looks" cheap...

    The 3 pointed Star up front is what counts...THAT is THE point!

     

     

     

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    I hate the rear end of the c-class; THAT at least is unquestionably bland, plus I get a strong toyota solara vibe off it. The rest of the car is fine, tho I wish MB would go back to distinguishing the noses on all their model lines from each other.

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    15 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    I hate the rear end of the c-class; THAT at least is unquestionably bland, plus I get a strong toyota solara vibe off it. The rest of the car is fine, tho I wish MB would go back to distinguishing the noses on all their model lines from each other.

    They were going for a consistent rear end with their other 4 seat 2drs--E-class, S-class, AMG GT all have similar rounded tails with horizontal lights, for better or for worse... 

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    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

    It is all yours, never got the convertible thing, does nothing for me. I have to laugh at the waste of seats in the rear as you can see they are useless when any real person drives and then they pull them up to make the rear headrests look like big space from the front headrests and yet they are then so close to the dash which means only small people can drive the car.

    As far as the look goes, BLAND, Dash just looks cheap and as I said your welcome to the Convertible thing, and all the skin cancer that goes with it. Just never saw or got the convertible thing even when riding in them, no big deal to me, but I do acknowledge that to others they love that open air driving.

    MEH, I take an MB CUV over this every day!

    It's ironic that you defend the size of the 4 door ATS and how absurdly small the back seat is yet you get on a 2 door convertible for its back seat space.. go on.. :retard:

    LOL serously?!?! your defense for not wanting a convertible is mo-fckn SKIN CANCER?!? GTFO. 

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    15 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    It's ironic that you defend the size of the 4 door ATS and how absurdly small the back seat is yet you get on a 2 door convertible for its back seat space.. go on.. :retard:

    LOL serously?!?! your defense for not wanting a convertible is mo-fckn SKIN CANCER?!? GTFO. 

    Yeah, his obsession w/ full size SUVs and slagging on cars about rear seat room gets so one-note and tiresome...

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    13 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Yeah, his obsession w/ full size SUVs and slagging on cars about rear seat room gets so one-note and tiresome...

    His posts are as predictable as they get. Every car thread gets the same comments, every SUV thread gets the same comments, and everything needs to be EV. Rinse and repeat. 

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    I really like this Benz... probably the best looking option in the respective segments, though those segments are rather thin.  I would put the Infiniti Q60 as a very close second place for coupes.   If Genesis ever does a G70 Coupe, it would also be an interesting entry. 

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    The Infiniti Q60 has got to be the most prettiest car in its class. Its got lines that only Italian car designers could only achieve. And that is definitely a good thing.  

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    1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

    It's ironic that you defend the size of the 4 door ATS and how absurdly small the back seat is yet you get on a 2 door convertible for its back seat space.. go on.. :retard:

    LOL serously?!?! your defense for not wanting a convertible is mo-fckn SKIN CANCER?!? GTFO. 

    Being a skin cancer survivor and having my face redone makes one think twice about being in the sun and especially in a convertible, but like I said even before I had cancer I never got the convertible thing. The rear seats, why bother, just make is storage room and give the front seats that much more room to be adjustable.

    1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Yeah, his obsession w/ full size SUVs and slagging on cars about rear seat room gets so one-note and tiresome...

    Same as your obsession about cars.

    Both of you do the same Shampoo, Rinse, Repeat!

    1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I really like this Benz... probably the best looking option in the respective segments, though those segments are rather thin.  I would put the Infiniti Q60 as a very close second place for coupes.   If Genesis ever does a G70 Coupe, it would also be an interesting entry. 

    But why bother with the back seats?

    You could give so much more room to the front two people with more adjustable seat options if you just made that unusable seat area storage area. I never got that even in the tight pony cars.

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    3 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    But why bother with the back seats?

    You could give so much more room to the front two people with more adjustable seat options if you just made that unusable seat area storage area. I never got that even in the tight pony cars.

    Has to do with EPA classifications and such. That's why some cars like the FR-S/86 have back seats, but they're basically unusable. 

    Plus, MB already has 2-seater convertibles. You can still put kids in the back seat of a C-Class Cabrio

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    10 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Both of you do the same Shampoo, Rinse, Repeat!

    That's not true at all. We enjoy more than 1 style of vehicle. 

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    1 hour ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    I really like this Benz... probably the best looking option in the respective segments, though those segments are rather thin.  I would put the Infiniti Q60 as a very close second place for coupes.   If Genesis ever does a G70 Coupe, it would also be an interesting entry. 

    A Genesis coupe would be interesting.  I saw a Q60 up close and personal in a parking lot the other day, they really are sharp in person.  It was a medium/dark blue...lots of interesting contours.

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    7 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    A Genesis coupe would be interesting.  I saw a Q60 up close and personal in a parking lot the other day, they really are sharp in person.  It was a medium/dark blue...lots of interesting contours.

    Yes... this. Dark Blue is the color I'd pick also. 

    It's been a long time since a Japanese car has caught my eye.  It was probably the original Infiniti G-coupe too. 

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    I have a buddy in Denver that had a G37 coupe in a silver blue, was a sharp car..of all things, the manual transmission failed and had to be replaced under warranty..

    The Q60 I saw looked like this..

    Edit: this color is Iridium Blue.  They also have a light silver blue called Hagane Blue. 

     

    Infiniti_Q601_by_Dennis_Malcolm_Byron-1200x700.jpg

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    1 minute ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    I have a buddy in Denver that had a G37 coupe in a silver blue, was a sharp car..of all things, the manual transmission failed and had to be replaced under warranty..

    The Q60 I saw looked like this..

     

     

    Infiniti_Q601_by_Dennis_Malcolm_Byron-1200x700.jpg

    :wub::wub::wub::wub::wub::wub::wub:

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    Speaking of Infiniti... Their Q50 Hybrid seems like one hell of a bargain on the used market. Makes me want one really bad. I really like the updated(whenever the current gen came out) styling and it seems like it'd be a fantastic daily driver. 

    One example: Q50 Hybrid

    The miles and price vary some but you could get in one for less than 25k with what I would still consider lower miles, <40k. 

    Another: Another Q50 Hybrid

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      The back seats don’t get the same “race car” treatment as the front, but they do offer ample head and legroom for most passengers. Cargo space is quite impressive with 31.5 cubic feet with the seats up and 60.7 when folded. The Kia Stinger I drove back in January pales in comparison with 23.3 and 40.9 cubic feet.
      The Regal GS features an eight-inch touchscreen with the new Buick Infotainment 3 system. As I mentioned in my Silverado/Sierra 1500 review, the new system is worlds better than Intellilink. The interface has been cleaned up with simpler graphics and fonts that are much easier to read. Also seeing noticeable improvements is the overall performance. The system is much faster when bringing up different functions or crunching a route on the optional navigation system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and OnStar 4G LTE round off the system. 
      With the effort Buick has put in, you might have the feeling that the Regal GS has something special under the hood. That isn’t the case. Under the hood of the GS is GM’s venerable 3.6L V6 with 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet. While the V6 packs 40 more horsepower than the 2.0L turbo-four from the last-generation model, it is also down 13 pound-feet. This absence becomes apparent when you decide to sprint away from a stoplight or exiting a corner as you need to work the engine to get that rush of power. A numb throttle response doesn’t help. If you resist from attack mode, the V6 reveals a quiet and refined nature. But again, you will need to work the engine when merging or making a pass.
      Before someone shouts “put a turbo on it”, Buick cannot do that as there isn’t enough space in the engine bay due to the design of the platform. We’ve known about this issue since 2016 when Holden was gearing up to launch the Commodore - its version of the OpelVauxhall Insignia.
      The nine-speed automatic transmission goes about its business with unobtrusive shifts when going about your daily errands, but offers up snappy shifts when you decide to get aggressive. A glaring omission on this sports sedan is the lack of paddle shifters. 
      Fuel economy for the 2019 Regal GS is 19 City/27 Highway/22 Combined. I saw an average of 20 during the week. This can likely to be attributed to the test vehicle having under 1,000 miles on the odometer. 
      On paper, the Regal GS’ handling credentials seem top-notch with Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system and a GKN all-wheel drive system featuring a twin-clutch torque-vectoring rear differential. The latter allows a varying amount of power sent to each rear wheel to improve cornering. In the real world, the GS is more Grand Tourer than Gran Sport. While the sedan shows little body roll, its reflexes are slightly muted due to a nearly 3,800 pound curb weight. The steering provides a decent amount of weight when turning, but don’t expect a lot of road feel. What about that AWD system? For the most part, you really won’t notice working unless you decide to push the limits or practice your winter driving skills in a snowy and empty parking lot. 
      Thanks to the CDC system, the Regal GS’ ride is surprisingly smooth. With the vehicle in Tour, the suspension glides over bumps and imperfections. The ride begins to get choppy if you One area that I’m glad Buick is still focusing on is noise isolation. Road and wind noise is almost non-existent. 
      The 2019 Buick Regal GS is a case of expectations being put too high. Despite what the exterior and sports seats of the interior may hint at, this isn’t a sports sedan like a Kia Stinger GT or something from a German luxury brand. But my feelings began to change when I thought of the GS as being more of a grand tourer. It has the ingredients such as a refined powertrain, a suspension that can be altered to provide either a comfortable or sporty ride; and minimizing the amount of outside noise.
      There lies the overall problem with Regal GS as Buick doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. Does it want to be a sport sedan or a luxury sedan with grand tourer tendencies? This confusion will likely cause many people to look at something else which is a big shame.
      How I Would Configure a 2019 Buick Regal GS.
      My particular configuration would be similar to the vehicle tested here with the Driver Confidence Package #2, Sights and Sounds, and Appearance packages. The only change would be adding the White Frost Tricoat color, which adds an additional $1,095 to the price. All together, it comes out to $44,210.
      Alternatives to the 2019 Buick Regal GS:
      Kia Stinger: The big elephant in the room when talking about the Regal GS. For a similar amount of cash, you can step into the base GT model with its 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6 and rear-wheel drive setup (AWD adds $2,200). I came away very impressed with the styling, performance on tap from the V6, and handling prowess. Downsides include the interior design being a bit too minimalist and the ride being a bit rough. Volkswagen Arteon: The other dark horse to the Regal GS. There is no doubt that the Arteon is quite handsome with flowing lines and sleek fastback shape. Having sat in one at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, I found it to be very roomy and upscale in terms of the interior materials. I hope to get some time behind the wheel in the near future to see how it measures up in handling. Disclaimer: Buick Provided the Regal GS, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Buick
      Model: Regal
      Trim: GS
      Engine: 3.6L V6
      Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 310 @ 6,800 
      Torque @ RPM: 282 @ 5,200
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/27/22
      Curb Weight: 3,796 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Rüsselsheim Germany
      Base Price: $39,070
      As Tested Price: $43,115 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Driver Confidence Package #2: $1,690.00
      Sights and Sounds Package: $945.00
      Appearance Package: $485.00

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    • By William Maley
      Expectation can be a very dangerous thing. You come into something thinking it will blow your mind and more often than not, it comes up short. That’s how I felt during the first few days into a loan of a 2019 Buick Regal GS. What was being presented didn’t match up with my experience. But over the week I had the vehicle, it began to grow on. That isn’t to say some issues need to be addressed.
      At first glance, you might think Buick decided to stick with a sedan shape. But the sloping rear hatch gives away its true identity as a Sportback. This helps give the impression that the Regal is sporty, helped further by short overhangs. By adding small touches such as large front air intakes, GS-specific 19-inch wheels. Brembo front brake calipers finished in Red, and a small lip spoiler, the GS transforms the Regal into looking like a red-blooded sports sedan. 
      The interior sadly doesn’t match up with what is being presented on the outside. While there was some effort to make the GS stand out with faux carbon-fiber trim, special sport seats, and GS badging, it doesn’t quite match with what is being presented outside. Not helping are some cheap plastics littered throughout the Regal GS’ interior. If this was a standard Regal, I may have given it a slight pass. But considering this GS carries a price of almost $43k, it becomes a big issue. The interior does redeem it somewhat with a logical and simple layout. No one had any complaints about whether the controls were confusing or hard to reach.
      Let’s talk about the front seats, The Regal GS comes fitted with racing-style front seat with aggressive side bolstering and faux holes towards the top where the belts for a harness would go into. This design seems more at home in a hardcore Corvette than a Buick. Before you start thinking that the seat design only allows a small group of people to fit, Buick has fitted adjustable bolstering to allow a wide set of body types to sit comfortably. With this and other power adjustments, I was able to find a position that suited me. Over a long drive, the seats were able to provide the right amount of support and comfort.
      The back seats don’t get the same “race car” treatment as the front, but they do offer ample head and legroom for most passengers. Cargo space is quite impressive with 31.5 cubic feet with the seats up and 60.7 when folded. The Kia Stinger I drove back in January pales in comparison with 23.3 and 40.9 cubic feet.
      The Regal GS features an eight-inch touchscreen with the new Buick Infotainment 3 system. As I mentioned in my Silverado/Sierra 1500 review, the new system is worlds better than Intellilink. The interface has been cleaned up with simpler graphics and fonts that are much easier to read. Also seeing noticeable improvements is the overall performance. The system is much faster when bringing up different functions or crunching a route on the optional navigation system. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and OnStar 4G LTE round off the system. 
      With the effort Buick has put in, you might have the feeling that the Regal GS has something special under the hood. That isn’t the case. Under the hood of the GS is GM’s venerable 3.6L V6 with 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet. While the V6 packs 40 more horsepower than the 2.0L turbo-four from the last-generation model, it is also down 13 pound-feet. This absence becomes apparent when you decide to sprint away from a stoplight or exiting a corner as you need to work the engine to get that rush of power. A numb throttle response doesn’t help. If you resist from attack mode, the V6 reveals a quiet and refined nature. But again, you will need to work the engine when merging or making a pass.
      Before someone shouts “put a turbo on it”, Buick cannot do that as there isn’t enough space in the engine bay due to the design of the platform. We’ve known about this issue since 2016 when Holden was gearing up to launch the Commodore - its version of the OpelVauxhall Insignia.
      The nine-speed automatic transmission goes about its business with unobtrusive shifts when going about your daily errands, but offers up snappy shifts when you decide to get aggressive. A glaring omission on this sports sedan is the lack of paddle shifters. 
      Fuel economy for the 2019 Regal GS is 19 City/27 Highway/22 Combined. I saw an average of 20 during the week. This can likely to be attributed to the test vehicle having under 1,000 miles on the odometer. 
      On paper, the Regal GS’ handling credentials seem top-notch with Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system and a GKN all-wheel drive system featuring a twin-clutch torque-vectoring rear differential. The latter allows a varying amount of power sent to each rear wheel to improve cornering. In the real world, the GS is more Grand Tourer than Gran Sport. While the sedan shows little body roll, its reflexes are slightly muted due to a nearly 3,800 pound curb weight. The steering provides a decent amount of weight when turning, but don’t expect a lot of road feel. What about that AWD system? For the most part, you really won’t notice working unless you decide to push the limits or practice your winter driving skills in a snowy and empty parking lot. 
      Thanks to the CDC system, the Regal GS’ ride is surprisingly smooth. With the vehicle in Tour, the suspension glides over bumps and imperfections. The ride begins to get choppy if you One area that I’m glad Buick is still focusing on is noise isolation. Road and wind noise is almost non-existent. 
      The 2019 Buick Regal GS is a case of expectations being put too high. Despite what the exterior and sports seats of the interior may hint at, this isn’t a sports sedan like a Kia Stinger GT or something from a German luxury brand. But my feelings began to change when I thought of the GS as being more of a grand tourer. It has the ingredients such as a refined powertrain, a suspension that can be altered to provide either a comfortable or sporty ride; and minimizing the amount of outside noise.
      There lies the overall problem with Regal GS as Buick doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. Does it want to be a sport sedan or a luxury sedan with grand tourer tendencies? This confusion will likely cause many people to look at something else which is a big shame.
      How I Would Configure a 2019 Buick Regal GS.
      My particular configuration would be similar to the vehicle tested here with the Driver Confidence Package #2, Sights and Sounds, and Appearance packages. The only change would be adding the White Frost Tricoat color, which adds an additional $1,095 to the price. All together, it comes out to $44,210.
      Alternatives to the 2019 Buick Regal GS:
      Kia Stinger: The big elephant in the room when talking about the Regal GS. For a similar amount of cash, you can step into the base GT model with its 365 horsepower twin-turbo V6 and rear-wheel drive setup (AWD adds $2,200). I came away very impressed with the styling, performance on tap from the V6, and handling prowess. Downsides include the interior design being a bit too minimalist and the ride being a bit rough. Volkswagen Arteon: The other dark horse to the Regal GS. There is no doubt that the Arteon is quite handsome with flowing lines and sleek fastback shape. Having sat in one at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, I found it to be very roomy and upscale in terms of the interior materials. I hope to get some time behind the wheel in the near future to see how it measures up in handling. Disclaimer: Buick Provided the Regal GS, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Buick
      Model: Regal
      Trim: GS
      Engine: 3.6L V6
      Driveline: Nine-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 310 @ 6,800 
      Torque @ RPM: 282 @ 5,200
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/27/22
      Curb Weight: 3,796 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Rüsselsheim Germany
      Base Price: $39,070
      As Tested Price: $43,115 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Driver Confidence Package #2: $1,690.00
      Sights and Sounds Package: $945.00
      Appearance Package: $485.00
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Quarterly:
      Ford Motor Company - Not Reported
      General Motors Co. - Not Reported
      Tesla - Not Reported
      FCA US LLC - Not Reported
      Monthly:
      Audi of America -  Up 0.8% for the month, Down 5% for the year
      BMW of North America -  Down 1.7% for the month, Down 1.2% for the year
      Genesis Motor America - Not Reported
      Honda Motor Co. -  Up 1.9% for the month, Down 0.9% for the year
      Hyundai Motor America -  Up 12.13% for the month, Up 3.10% for the year
      Infiniti USA - Down 11.2% for the month, Down 12.5% for the year
      Jaguar Land Rover North America - Up 5% for the month, Up 5% for the year
      Kia Motors America - Up 0.6% for the month, Up 3.3% for the year
      Mazda North American Operations - Down 3.5%  for the month, Down 13.9% for the year
      Mercedes-Benz USA - 19.5% for the month, Down 4.0% for the year
      Mitsubishi Motors North America -  Down 13.4% for the month, Up 3.2% for the year
      Nissan Group - Down 9.1% for the month, Down 8.3% for the year
      Porsche Cars North America Inc. -  Up 23.3% for the month, Up 5.3% for the year
      Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 7.9% for the month, Up 5.6% for the year
      Toyota Motor North America - Up 0.2% for the month, Down 2.6% for the year
      Volkswagen of America -  Up 2.2% for the month, Up 6.1% for the year
      Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 2.0% for the month, Up 4.7% for the year

      Brands (Quarterly):
      Alfa Romeo - Not Reported
      Buick -  Not Reported
      Cadillac -  Not Reported
      Chevrolet - Not Reported
      Chrysler - Not Reported
      Dodge - Not Reported
      Ford - Not Reported
      Fiat - Not Reported
      GMC - Not Reported
      Jeep - Not Reported
      Lincoln - Not Reported
      Ram Trucks - Not Reported
      Tesla - Not Reported

      Brands (Monthly):
      Acura - Down 3.7% - 12,759 MTD / 86,526 YTD
      Audi - Down 0.3% - 19,409 MTD / 101,440 YTD
      BMW - Up 4.7% - 24,842 MTD / 199,865 YTD
      Genesis - Not reported
      Honda - Up 2.5% - 128,537 MTD / 831,765 YTD
      Hyundai - Up 12.3% - 57,340 MTD / 390,668 YTD
      Infiniti - Down 11.2% - 8,660 MTD / 71,718 YTD
      Jaguar - Up 7% - 2,020 MTD
      Kia - Up 0.6% - 53,405 MTD / 358,249 YTD
      Land Rover -  Up 4% - 6,456 MTD
      Lexus - Down 1.5% - 25,025 MTD  / 160,760 YTD
      Mazda - Down 3.5% - 23,292 MTD / 161,847 YTD
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 22.9% - 24,612 MTD / 172,008 YTD
      Mercedes-Benz Vans - Down 1.5% 2,878 MTD / 18,903 YTD
      MINI - Down 34.2% - 2,827 MTD / 20,410 YTD
      Mitsubishi - Down 13.4% - 8,613 MTD / 79,710 YTD
      Nissan - Down 8.9% - 90,220 MTD / 744,198 YTD
      Porsche - Up 23.3% - 4,956 MTD / 35,213 YTD
      Smart - Down 45.6% - 56 MTD / 552 YTD
      Subaru - Up 7.9% - 64,106 MTD / 403,631 YTD
      Toyota - Up 0.4% - 184,179 MTD / 1,200,552 YTD
      Volkswagen - Up 2.2% - 31,188 MTD / 215,796 YTD
      Volvo - Up 2.0% - 8,795 MTD / 58,915 YTD

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