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    New York Auto Show: 2014 Buick Regal



    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    March 26, 2013

    Alongside the 2014 LaCrosse, Buick is also showing the new 2014 Regal at the New York Auto Show this week.

    The 2014 Regal's exterior gets minor changes including a reworked front fascia, scalloped headlights, and a full-width chrome strip spanning between the new LED taillights. Regal GS models get a more agressive front and rear end treatments, and nineteen-inch alloy wheels as standard equipment.

    Inside, Buick got rid of the button-laden center stack and in its place is a eight-inch touchscreen housing Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system and and capacitive-touch controls for the Regal's climate control. The Regal and Regal Turbo models get a 4.2-inch color screen in the instrument cluster, while the Regal GS gets a eight-inch configurable gauge display.

    One of the Regal's powertrains has been revised for 2014. The base 2.4L eAssist mild-hybrid system carries over. The Turbo and GS get a revised 2.0L turbo-four producing 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. The Regal Turbo and GS will also get all-wheel drive as an option. The system will be able to send more than 90% of the engine's torque to the rear wheels.

    Like the 2014 LaCrosse, the 2014 Regal will have a list of optional safety equipment including forward collision alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, Following Distance Indicator, precollision warning (with collision mitigation braking), and adaptive cruise control.

    The new Regal arrives at Buick showrooms later this fall.

    Source: Buick

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.comor you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    2014 Buick Regal Infused with New Technology

    -Exterior design with signature wing-shape LED lighting; revised interior designed around next-gen IntelliLink infotainment and new advanced safety features

    -More efficient and more refined 2.0L turbo engine delivers 18 percent more power in Regal Turbo

    -New all-wheel-drive system incorporates electronic limited-slip differential to help optimize traction in all driving conditions

    NEW YORK – Buick revealed the new 2014 Regal today, designed to be a sportier and smarter evolution of the brand's dynamic midsize sedan. New purposeful technologies enhance safety and the driving experience with a more refined turbo engine – along with the introduction of all-wheel drive.

    The new Regal also introduces new radar- and camera-based safety features – including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Collision Mitigation Braking – for surround protection. In-vehicle connectivity is enhanced with next-generation IntelliLink, featuring simpler, more intuitive controls and natural speech recognition.

    Adaptive Cruise Control is also offered. It senses traffic in front of the Regal to adjust vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerating again.

    "The new 2014 Regal is more expressive, more connected and more technologically advanced," said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. "Nearly half of new Regal buyers are conquests who are new to Buick and they represent the youngest median age among the brand's lineup.

    "The new Regal gives those discerning buyers more of the technologically advanced features they want in a modern luxury sedan, all with the style and refinement they expect from Buick."

    New front and rear styling, with bold, signature wing-shape LED daytime running lamps and LED taillamps were designed to give Regal a more contemporary and premium presence. The interior features a redesigned central instrument panel and console along with a new fashion interior trim combination.

    The new 2.0L turbo engine delivers 18 percent more horsepower in the Regal Turbo, for a greater feeling of on-demand power The available Haldex all-wheel-drive system helps make the most of traction in all driving conditions and also enhances the cornering capability of the Regal GS when driven in the GS mode of the Interactive Drive Control System.

    A 2.4L engine with eAssist light electrification technology is also available on the 2014 Regal. Six-speed automatic transmissions are matched with both engines and a six-speed manual is available in the Regal GS. Electric power steering is now featured on all models.

    The new Regal makes its public debut at the New York International Auto Show, where it will be on display March 29-April 7. It goes on sale this fall.

    More expressive, inside and out

    New exterior styling evolves the Regal's appearance with cues that enhance a low, wide proportion and were made to convey a more upscale and contemporary presence. New headlamps with standard LED daytime running lamps and a revised grille show the new "face" of Regal, while at the rear Enclave-inspired LED wing-shape taillamps give the car a familial look. A new chrome accent bridges the taillamps to further enhance Regal's wide stance.

    The new headlamps are available in two versions, including halogen projector beams and xenon high-intensity discharge. The available LED daytime running lamps form a distinctive wing profile above the headlamps, designed to give the Regal an unmistakable signature on the road.

    Inside, the new Regal's interior blends sculptural beauty and refinement with technology, centered on Buick's next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system. A new instrument panel "center stack" houses a new, larger eight-inch color touch screen. There's also a new steering wheel that includes controls for the new safety and infotainment features.

    The instrument cluster is also new, with a high-resolution, 4.2-inch color display that delivers vehicle information, navigation, audio system functions, phone features and more. In Regal GS, an eight-inch configurable color instrument cluster screen is standard. It allows the driver to customize the displayed information with adjustments via steering wheel controls. This premium instrument display is framed with chrome accents and delivers chronograph-style graphics in two modes: Touring and Sport. It is also complemented with a pair of semicircle mechanical instruments for the tachometer and other vehicle functions, befitting of the GS's driver-oriented mission.

    While the Regal's new interior brings more amenities and enhanced personal technology, it does so with greater simplicity. The new center stack radio controls have only seven buttons vs. the previous 17. The large, eight-inch color touch screen is designed for easy operation with intuitive controls and smartphone-influenced swipe recognition for easier navigation. Dual-zone climate controls also feature capacitive-touch operation and are framed in chrome.

    "The advanced technologies in the 2014 Regal complement its flowing passenger environment, with integrated elegance," said Ven Lai, Buick creative designer for color and trim. "The cabin's rich, tailored elements are executed in warm tones and soft-touch materials that enhance the premium ambience in a thoroughly contemporary manner."

    Four interior color/trim combinations are available for 2014, including a new, high-fashion two-tone leather combination:

    -Light Neutral seating with Cocoa accents is offered with cloth or Soleil Keisel leather seats and Rhythm wood décor

    -Ebony, offered with cloth or Soleil Keisel leather seats and Echelon Warm décor

    -Saddle seating with cocoa accents, offered with two-tone Soleil Keisel leather seats and Rhythm wood décor

    -Ebony – exclusive to the GS – is offered with Soleil Keisel leather seats with contrast stitching and Diamond Black décor including a black headliner.

    "It's an inviting environment, with the warmth and expressive style that is attracting more customers to the brand," said Lai. "With new choices, such as the Cocoa/Saddle combination, we've increased the style quotient for Regal."

    Next-generation IntelliLink

    Buick's next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system is available on the 2014 Regal. It offers more features designed for intuitive, easy-to-use functionality with a higher level of wireless connectivity and customized options. All build on the safety and security of OnStar.

    In addition to easily identifiable icons covering everything from navigation to phone to music apps such as Pandora, next-generation IntelliLink is designed to accommodate new features and enhancements and be highly customizable. It also features natural language voice recognition, which allows customers to more safely place calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music and control other functions simply by telling the vehicle what to do.

    The IntelliLink system can store up to 60 favorites, including radio stations (AM/FM/XM), contacts, destinations, music and other media. This feature is convenient for those who travel to the same destination regularly and want to save locations such as hotels and restaurants.

    On its eight-inch screen, customers can "fling" through lists, swipe and drag just as they would on a tablet or smartphone. In fact, users with compatible smartphones can pair them with IntelliLink using Bluetooth or a USB connection. That gives customers the ability to play passengers' music or other media through the vehicle.

    Another feature allows customers whose Regals are equipped with available embedded navigation to enter destinations in a single step, without having to enter the state, city, street number and street name in successive efforts. City-by-city weather reports are also provided.

    OnStar can be accessed via the screen display as well as by the traditional Blue button.

    A new, nine-speaker Bose sound system is available and projects the music and radio selections made with IntelliLink. It includes strategically placed tweeters and a subwoofer that complement the Regal's acoustically optimized interior.

    Regal GS offers a driver-centric experience

    The Regal GS is designed to deliver a dynamic driving experience through sophisticated suspension technologies, premium amenities and a more expressive presence. Along with its standard turbocharged powertrain, the GS features the exclusive application of Buick's Interactive Drive Control system, which allows the driver to select different drive modes – including the GS mode and its track-oriented competitive setting.

    In GS mode, the Regal increases steering efforts for more direct feedback to the driver. Increased damping levels ensure ultimate wheel control and reduced body roll for better agility. GS mode also is designed to alter the shift feel of the six-speed automatic transmission.

    The GS's HiPer Strut front suspension – standard on FWD and AWD models – enhances ride and handling by reducing torque steer; more linear and communicative steering through improved camber control; and improved impact isolation on bumps and rough surfaces. It is complemented by a four-wheel-disc brake system featuring front Brembo four-piston front calipers and larger rotors.

    A four-link independent rear suspension is designed to minimize unwanted toe and camber effects during spirited driving maneuvers, enhancing vehicle stability. Both front and rear dampers incorporate active Computer Damping Control, continuously changing damper characteristics' to make the most of vehicle ride control over varying road surfaces and profiles. More aggressive, performance-oriented damping characteristics can also be selected by the driver through the Interactive Driver Control system.

    Additionally, the Regal GS features a lowered ride height and 19-inch aluminum wheels to project a sporty, purposeful stance. Twenty-inch wheels with summer-rated performance tires are available.

    Unique front and rear fascias distinguish the GS. The front fascia incorporates prominent, vertical air intake slots. The rear fascia features a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Rocker panel extensions and a rear spoiler extension are also part of the package.

    More refined, efficient 2.0L turbocharged engine

    A new 2.0L turbo engine debuts as the standard powertrain in the 2014 Regal Turbo and Regal GS, advancing the legacy of an engine recognized as one of Ward's 10 Best Engines in 2012. Although it shares the same displacement as the previous turbo engines offered in the Regal, it is a next-generation architecture with friction-reduction technologies designed to enhance refinements on a variety of levels.

    Along with its estimated 259 horsepower (193 kW), the new 2.0L turbo's torque curve has been enhanced, delivering 90 percent (260 lb-ft / 353 Nm) of its peak torque from 1,700 rpm to 5,500 rpm and the full 295 lb-ft of peak torque (400 Nm) from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm. That torque band is supported by boost levels as high as 24 psi (1.65 bar) in the speed range, engineered to give the Regal an assuring, exhilarating feeling of immediate power on demand.

    The turbocharger features a twin-scroll design that uses exhaust tuning to generate balance between maximum power and excellent turbo response, enabling the engine to deliver a broad torque band. It also supports the responsiveness associated with larger-displacement, naturally aspirated performance engines. Boost is controlled electronically with a pressure-actuated wastegate and the airflow is controlled during transients with an electronic bypass valve. Those controls enable optimal performance, throttle response and efficiency.

    Additional engine features include:

    -Pistons with jet-spray cooling

    -Rotocast 356T aluminum cylinder head

    -Sodium-filled exhaust valves

    -Dual Overhead Camshaft with continuously variable valve timing

    -Direct injection with cam-driven high-pressure fuel pump

    -Two-stage variable-displacement oil pump

    -Air-to-air intercooling system.

    A number of features were added to the new 2.0L turbo to reduce noise and vibration, enhancing engine smoothness and contributing to Buick's signature quietness:

    -Balance shafts located in the oil pan

    -A forged-steel crankshaft

    -Inverted-tooth chains for the camshaft and balance shaft drives

    -Two-piece oil pan design, with an aluminum upper section to provide structural support and a stamped steel lower section to dampen overall noise

    -Cast iron bearing cap inserts in an aluminum bedplate

    -Integrated sound cover on the intake manifold

    -Structural engine covers

    The 2014 Regal is also available with the 2.4L with eAssist light electrification technology, using a lithium-ion battery system and electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking capability. Instead of providing all-electric propulsion, the system provides power assistance to the internal combustion engine. The eAssist system also allows the engine to shut down fuel delivery in certain deceleration situations, which saves additional fuel.

    All-wheel-drive system offers optimized handling

    The 2014 Regal is offered with a new, all-wheel-drive system designed to make the most of handling and stability in all driving conditions. It is an advanced, fully automatic and on-demand system that includes developments in wheel-slip management and an electronic limited-slip rear differential.

    Input from a variety of sensors – wheel speed, steering angle, etc. – automatically tailors the torque distribution between the front and rear wheels, for maximum traction. The eLSD enables adjustment to the torque split between the rear wheels to optimize vehicle stability and cornering capability.

    If the vehicle's front wheels lose traction, the AWD system is capable of sending more than 90 percent of the engine's torque to the rear wheels. Fine balancing of the drive torque between the axles raises the threshold at which StabiliTrak's throttle and braking interventions are triggered, enabling closer driver interaction.

    While engineered to offer sure-footed handling in low-grip conditions, Regal's new AWD system also alters its characteristics to support performance-oriented driving when the Sport or GS driving modes are selected on Regal GS. The AWD system also comes with the HiPer Strut front suspension standard, offering more linear and communicative steering through improved camber control and improved impact isolation on bumps and rough surfaces.

    Regal's AWD system also contributes to a quieter and smoother ride with minimal torque transferred to the rear wheels when all-wheel drive traction isn't required.

    Advanced safety features

    For 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Regal was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2014 Regal builds on the safety commitment with new features that use carefully developed visual and audible alerts to help drivers quickly identify and react to potential crash situations. Radar- and camera-based features are offered in two Driver Confidence packages:

    -Driver Confidence 1 package includes camera-based Forward Collisions Alert, Lane

    -Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Following Distance Indicator.

    -Driver Confidence 2 package adds Collision Preparation (with Collision Mitigation Braking) and full-speed-range Adaptive Cruise Control that conveniently works in stop-and-go traffic.

    The Collision Mitigation Braking feature can intervene in certain crash-imminent situations, automatically triggering emergency braking if the driver fails to respond to a previous alert. With Lane Change Alert, the driver is alerted to vehicles in the blind sport during a lane-change or merging maneuver.

    Regal's standard safety features also include six standard air bags – with optional rear-seat thorax air bags bringing the total to eight – along with a rear-vision camera, StabiliTrak, traction control and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and Intelligent Brake Assist. Front and Rear Park Assist is standard on GS.

    2014 BUICK REGAL PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

    Overview

    Models: 2014 Buick Regal Luxury Sport Sedan with eAssist, Regal Turbo and Regal GS

    Body style / driveline: four-door, five-passenger front engine transaxle. front-wheel-drive midsize vehicle

    Construction: steel body frame integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders, hood, roof, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel, thermal plastic olefin (TPO) bumper fascias

    EPA vehicle class: Midsize

    Manufacturing location: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

    Key competitors: Acura TSX, Volkswagen CC, Volvo S60, Lexus IS 250, Audi A4

    Engines

    2.4L DOHC I-4 2.0L DOHC I-4 Turbo

    Application: Regal eAssist Regal Turbo and Regal GS

    Displacement (cu in / cc): 145 / 2384 122 / 1998

    Bore and stroke (in / mm): 3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 98 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86

    Block material: precision sand cast aluminum cast aluminum

    Cylinder head material: SPM cast aluminum cast aluminum

    Valvetrain: DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

    Ignition system: individual coil-on-plug individual coil-on-plug

    Fuel delivery: direct injection and electronic throttle control direct high-pressure fuel injection

    Compression ratio: 11.2:1 9.5:1

    Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 182 / 136 @ 6700 rpm* 259 / 193 @ 5300 (est.)

    Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm) 172 / 232.2 @ 4900 rpm* 295 / 400 @ 1700 (est.)

    Recommended fuel: regular unleaded premium recommended, but not required

    Max engine speed: 7000 rpm 7000 rpm

    Emissions controls: close-coupled, catalytic converter; continuously variable valve timing; positive crankcase ventilation evaporative system; supplemental air injection system, partial zero emissions vehicle capable (eAssist) close-coupled catalytic converter; continuously variable valve timing; 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; wide-range O2 sensor

    Fuel economy (city / hwy): TBD TBD

    Transmissions

    Hydra-Matic 6T40 Hydra-Matic 6T70 GM F40-6

    Type: six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive six-speed manual

    Application: std w/ 2.4L eAssist std. Regal Turbo / GS opt. Regal GS with FWD

    Gear ratios (:1):

    First 4.58 4.48 3.92

    Second 2.96 2.87 2.04

    Third 1.91 1.84 1.32

    Fourth 1.45 1.41 0.95

    Fifth 1.00 1.00 0.76

    Sixth 0.75 0.74 0.62

    Reverse 2.94 2.88 3.75

    Final Drive 2.64 2.77 3.76

    Electric Drive System (Regal With eAssist)

    Type: belt-driven, liquid-cooled motor/generator unit and lithium-ion battery system; air-cooled power electronics and battery pack

    Maximum electric generating power: 15 kW @ 1570-3180 rpm

    Maximum electric motor torque (cranking): 110 lb.-ft. / 150 Nm

    Maximum electric motor torque (electric assist): 79 lb.-ft. / 107 Nm @ 1,000 rpm

    Maximum electric motor power (electric assist): 15 hp / 11.2 kW @ 1,000-2,200 rpm

    Lithium-ion battery: 115V, 0.5-kWh, 15 kW peak power

    Chassis / Suspension

    Front: independent, MacPherson strut-type with dual-path mountings, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings; continuous damping control; HiPer Strut suspension standard on GS and AWD models. Interactive Drive Control System standard on GS

    Rear: four-link independent rear; hollow stabilizer bar; continuous damping control (FWD models); Interactive Drive Control System standard on GS. H-arm suspension standard on AWD models

    Traction control: all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention

    Steering type: electric rack-and-pinion power-assisted (dual-pinion design) with eAssist and Regal Turbo with FWD; belt-driven electric power steering standard on GS and AWD models

    Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock: 2.68 (18- and 19-inch wheels)

    Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m): 37.4 / 11.4

    Steering ratio: 15.2:1

    Brakes

    Type: four-wheel disc w/ABS and electronic stability control

    Brake rotor diameter – front (in / mm): 2.4L: 11.7 / 296 vented; single-piston, cast iron caliper

    2.0L (Turbo): 12.6 / 321 vented; single-piston, cast iron caliper

    2.0L (GS): 13.6 / 345 vented; four-piston, aluminum Brembo caliper

    Brake rotor diameter – rear (in / mm): 2.4L: 11.5 / 292 solid; single-piston, aluminum caliper

    2.0L (Turbo and GS): 12.4 / 315 vented; single-piston, aluminum caliper

    Wheels / Tires

    Wheel size and type: 17-inch machined alloy (eAssist)

    18-inch 13-spoke painted alloy (std. on Turbo)

    18-inch chrome alloy (avail. on Turbo)

    19-inch alloy, 5-Twin Spoke (std. on GS)

    20-inch polished alloy, 5-Twin Spoke (avail. on GS)

    Tires: Michelin Energy Saver P235/50R17 low rolling-resistance all season (std. on eAssist)

    Michelin Pilot MXM4 Primacy P235/50R18 (std. on Sedan and Turbo)

    Goodyear Eagle RSA P245/40R19 (std. on GS)

    Pirelli P-Zero P255/35-ZR20 summer rated (avail. on GS)

    Dimensions

    Exterior

    Wheelbase (in / mm) : 107.8 / 2738

    Overall length (in / mm): 190.2 / 4831

    Overall width (in / mm): 73.1 / 1857

    Overall height (in / mm): 58.4 / 1483

    Front track (in / mm): 62.4 / 1585

    Rear track (in / mm): 62.5 / 1588

    Interior

    Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 3

    Headroom (in / mm): 38.8 / 986 (front)

    36.8 / 935 (rear)

    Legroom (in / mm): 42.1 / 1069 (front)

    37.3 / 947 (rear)

    Shoulder room (in / mm): 56.7 / 1440 (front)

    54.4 / 1382 (rear)

    Hip room (in / mm): 55.4 / 1407 (front)

    52.3 / 1328 (rear)

    Capacities

    EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L) : 96.8 / 2741

    EPA interior volume (cu ft / L): 111.1 / 3146

    Cargo volume (cu ft / L): 11.1 / 314 (2.4L eAssist – estimated)

    14.2 / 402 (2.0L – estimated)

    Fuel tank (gal / L): 15.8 / 59 (2.4L eAssist)

    18 / 70 (2.0L)

    Engine oil (qt / L): 2.4L: 5.0 / 4.7

    2.0L: 6.3 / 6.0

    Curb weight (lb / kg): 3600 / 1633 (2.4L)

    3671 / 1665 (2.0L Turbo)

    3710 / 1683 (2.0L GS)

    *SAE certified.

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    I like the new steering wheel, and i admit the new stack will be more functional, but to be honest, I really liked the Regal's current center stack and mess of buttons. It's not too confusing....plus the knob on the console. I really like the look of the GS current center stack maze of buttons.

    AWD is something a lot of folks expect and the turbo option going to 260hp will make big sales jump I think. I am sure the lack of AWD manual GS will generate tons of bitching. TO be honest, I think that is a valid complaint. I would offer a manual turbo FWD non GS and make the GS manual option AWD only.

    I think the eAssist either needs the 2.5 and a defeat switch, or just make the 2.5 the new standard mill. 2.4 plus eAssist, meh.

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    So the Turbo and the GS will now use the same engine? And they will both be available with AWD also? What will seperate these two models I wonder? And the AWD system having a RWD bias could be a good hint that the next genoration Regal will be based on the Alpha platform and in turn return to a proper RWD model!

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    So the Turbo and the GS will now use the same engine? And they will both be available with AWD also? What will seperate these two models I wonder? And the AWD system having a RWD bias could be a good hint that the next genoration Regal will be based on the Alpha platform and in turn return to a proper RWD model!

    The GS will still have the Hi-Per strut suspension and Brembo brakes.

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    So it gets the new 2.0 turbo, modern tech/entertainment, and AWD availability, sounds good, hopefully pricing doesn't jump.



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    rear end is an improvement.

    one of my peeves, the Regal had at least a pittance of German aura to it inside. Now it it seems to be getting the flowing mush look inside more like the LaCrosse.

    Not saying the LaCrosse is bad, but both cars have gone in an interior direction that is less youthful.....more chrome and more akin to Lexus a few years ago. Mushy and soft.

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    Nice looking updated ride. I really like the center stack better than the old one. I like Drew dig the fangs on the GS. I actually like the two tone brown interior better than all black.

    WHY WHY WHY in regards to the 2.4 e-Assist system??? This must be to satisfy some moronic Gov requirement for a hybrid as it is pathetic.

    If they really wanted to give the Hybrid a jolt, then they should have rolled out the VOLT system on this car. That would have gotten peoples attention.

    Course better yet would have been to roll out a Volt powertrain CUV for Buick.

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    Boring, looks like a Crysler 200. Still less powerful than a Sonata and not as fuel efficient. If the Regal were priced like a Malibu it would be a good buy, but it costs too much, that is why it doesn't sell.

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    After living with a Sonata for half a week it isnt in the same league as the Regal. The Sonata is a tinny buzz bomb by comparison. Compare the Regal to the VW CC. That is the target market, not some value leader family sedan that leases for $99 down $99 a month. Sonata does nothing class leading except provide the most passenger cubic inches for your dollar.

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    Boring, looks like a Crysler 200. Still less powerful than a Sonata and not as fuel efficient. If the Regal were priced like a Malibu it would be a good buy, but it costs too much, that is why it doesn't sell.

    Plus is will never sell to you as it is not a MB. ;)
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    I love the Haldex system but I hope they keep the price in check.

    Some how I suspect we may see some other engine option here for the GS once it is available. The Regal is in the squeezed middle and once they Lacrosse moves up it will give the Regal more room in 2 years. I just suspect the Lacrosse will make way for a Alpha RWD.

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    Nice updates on this one. I like the new rear end and interior. Front is different, I like it, but it seems just a change, not an improvement.

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    I wish I could see a cashmere interior with woodgrain. Wonder if this will get ambient lighting as well (as far as I know, the current doesn't have it). LOVE the update, inside and out.

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    • By William Maley
      To say the Buick Enclave was well past its sell-by-date would be an understatement. But to be fair, the Enclave was one of Buick's best-sellers. The 2018 Enclave that debuted tonight in New York has some big shoes to fill.
      The basic shape of the 2018 Enclave is the same as the outgoing model. What has changed are the front and rear ends. Buick's designers took the front off the Avista concept and put it onto the Enclave. The distinct grille with the Buick emblem floating and slim headlights are here. Around back is a restyled tailgate with a large chrome bar and narrow taillights.
      Buick borrowed the dash from LaCrosse for the Enclave's interior with flowing curves, high-quality materials, and an 8-inch screen featuring the latest version of the Intelllink infotainment system. In terms of seating, Enclave can seat up to seven people. Buick says overall space has increased by 10 percent and with the 3rd-row up, offers up 23.6 cubic feet of space.
      Power still comes from a 3.6L V6 offering up 302 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic and the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
      Buick also used this event to launch the Avenir subbrand with the Enclave being the first model. Avenir models feature special badging, 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, contrast stitching and piping on the seats, dual moonroofs, navigation, and the rearview mirror/camera that has debuted on the Cadillac CT6 and XT5.
      The 2018 Buick Enclave hits dealers this fall.
      Source: Buick
      Press Release is on Page 2


      First-Ever Enclave Avenir Offers Progressive, Family-Oriented Luxury
      Enclave ushers in the arrival of Buick’s new luxury sub-brand NEW YORK — Debuting with the 2018 Buick Enclave, the new Avenir sub-brand represents the highest expression of Buick luxury. Avenir offers unique styling cues and an extensive set of standard features and premium materials throughout the vehicle. New and versatile functionality, interior spaciousness, and intuitive technologies build on the Enclave’s established popularity.
      Smart innovation and style come standard on the 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir. Buick-first Evonik Acrylite exterior lighting illuminates the road ahead with the power of more than 100 LEDs across the vehicle. A Rear Camera Mirror provides a clearer, broader view of what’s behind. And in-vehicle ionization leaves the air cleaner and fresher. It’s all packaged within an elegant design that combines concept car inspiration with improved interior luxury amenities and roominess for up to seven passengers.
      “The Enclave has been a successful formula for the Buick brand, with sales results that have defied traditional product cycles, and 90 percent of customers purchasing in the top two trim levels,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC. “It’s a beacon for the modern, attainable luxury Buick stands for and is a natural place to launch Avenir.”
      Enclave Avenir highlights
      Avenir model comes standard with extensive active safety, connectivity and luxury features for a simple and convenient buying experience. It has an all-new body structure for safety, strength and mass efficiency, plus 17 radar, camera and ultrasonic sensors when fully equipped. It accommodates seven passengers comfortably and offers more cargo volume behind the first row than the Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Infiniti QX60. Standard hands-free power-programmable liftgate with a Buick tri-shield logo illuminates the ground below the hidden sensor and power-folding third row. Avenir-exclusive 3-dimensional mesh grille, badging, pearl nickel 20-inch aluminum wheels and luxurious interior materials are standard. Buick-first Rear Camera Mirror is standard on Avenir. Buick-first Evonik Acrylite lighting technology provides a distinctive light signature. Tow capacity of up to 5,000 pounds is more than enough to tow a typical 21-foot sport boat. A standard 3.6L V-6 engine with stop/start technology, Buick-estimated 302 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Standard five-link rear suspension and available continuously variable real-time damping (CDC) offer a refined, isolated ride. Available intelligent AWD with active twin-clutch rear differential and Buick-first switchable AWD help improve control and efficiency. Avenir: Buick’s highest expression of exclusive style, inclusive luxury
      All Avenir models will feature an exclusive 3-dimensional mesh grille paired with chrome wings inspired by Buick concept cars. Additional Enclave Avenir notable styling cues include 20-inch, six-spoke wheels with a pearl nickel finish; five premium exterior colors; an Avenir Chestnut and Ebony interior with piping on the seats and contrasting stitching; embroidered first-row headrests; Avenir floor-mats; a wood-accented steering wheel; and bold Avenir-scripted sill plates on all four doors.
      A wide array of advanced technologies and interior features emphasizing premium comfort and inclusive luxury comes standard in the Enclave Avenir, including heated and ventilated front seats; heated second-row seats; navigation; wireless charging; a dual moonroof; an 8-inch diagonal reconfigurable cluster display; a 360-degree surround vision camera system for easier parking; and a rear camera mirror that can function as a traditional mirror or as a camera, eliminating obstructions such as heads and headrests while expanding the rear field of vision by an estimated 300 percent.
      Available adaptive cruise control and full speed Forward Automatic Braking offer customers even more safety feature options, and a premium suspension with continuously variable real-time damping (CDC) provides a smooth, comfortable ride, with enhanced body control and handling in Sport mode.
      “This is a vehicle intended for Buick customers who demand the best and the latest our brand has to offer,” said Aldred.
      Elegant design and functionality define the all-new Buick Enclave
      The Enclave’s new design architecture enables a balanced, athletic appearance. New proportions give it a sleeker look with aerodynamic benefits for efficiency. The roofline is lower, the windshield is sharper and the wheelbase is extended, giving the vehicle a more dramatic stance. Its sculpted body creates a windswept appearance. Its interior is inviting and harmonious.
      Extensive use of LEDs is integrated into Buick’s first application of Evonik Acrylite technology and bi-functional LED projector headlamps and LED tail lamps. The technology’s compound curvature application creates a smooth, uniform and recognizable appearance that will make the Enclave stand out on the road. IntelliBeam headlamps also allow drivers to experience better road illumination and improved visibility without having to manually switch the high beams on and off.
      A significantly enhanced suite of available advanced safety technologies is engineered to help drivers monitor their surroundings and feel confident when behind the wheel. Standard safety equipment on all 2018 Enclaves includes a rear vision camera, rear park assist and seven air bags, including a front center side airbag. Among the available crash-avoidance technologies are rear cross traffic alert, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, safety alert seat and surround vision.
      Having leveraged the first-generation Enclave as a benchmark for quietness, the 2018 Enclave cabin is engineered to further minimize unwanted interior noise through its honed exterior shapes, sealing and sound-deadening acoustics and strategic use of materials throughout. QuietTuning and active noise cancellation enhancements help to reduce, block and absorb noise, keeping it from entering the cabin. A 10-speaker Bose Premium sound system with new components, new tuning and a redesigned bass enclosure further enhances the sound experience.
      Another lifestyle-enhancing feature in the Enclave interior is an air ionizer that eliminates odors and provides higher air quality. It works by producing negatively charged particles that attract air-borne contaminants and break down their structure, cleaning the cabin air. The ionizer can help address external and internal odors and reduce bacteria, viruses, dust, debris and pollen, while also helping improve driver alertness. It requires no maintenance or filter replacement.
      Enclave’s interior has flexible cargo solutions for large and small items. The vehicle has 10 percent more cubic feet of overall interior space when including the hidden underfloor storage, and 23.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Other space enhancements include a 10-inch-deep dry underfloor storage with 3.1 cubic feet of space.
      Second- and third-row seating fold flat to create a wide, nearly-flat load floor. A power-folding third row makes reconfiguring more convenient, while second-row SmartSlide Seats provide easy access to the third row. On the passenger side, the SmartSlide seat provides pitch slide functionality to allow access even with an empty forward-facing child seat installed (using the LATCH system).
      Additional standard equipment on every 2018 Enclave includes keyless entry and push-button start, a hands-free power-programmable liftgate with a Buick tri-shield logo illuminating the ground below the hidden sensor, tri-zone automatic climate control, universal home remote and more.
      Every Enclave also comes equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (AT&T data plan purchase required after limited data trial period) and five years of the OnStar Basic Plan[1] at no additional cost. Among other benefits like an industry-leading myBuick app, this connectivity plan features OnStar Smart Driver, an opt-in service designed to help Buick owners maximize their vehicle’s overall performance and become better drivers.
      A frameless 8-inch diagonal infotainment system with Teen Driver, Rear Seat Reminder[2], and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard. Every Enclave features Rear Seat Reminder2, an industry-first feature designed to remind drivers to check the back seat as they exit their vehicles under certain circumstances.
      The Enclave will continue to be manufactured in Lansing, Michigan, and goes on sale in the fall of 2017. Pricing and other details will be announced later this year.

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