Buick Regal GS AWD 2014

Wednesday, December 18th 2013. | Buick

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Buick Regal GS AWD 2014, Like the handsome, Opel-sourced Regal has come back towards the fore of Buick’s renaissance, we wonder how apt the name is any longer. Is today’s Regal very “resembling, or fit for any monarch, particularly in becoming magnificent”? Nicely, likely not. However because the re-introduction towards the U. S. marketplace for the actual 2011 design year, the actual car has usually satisfied in your experiences, even winning a head-to-head comparo in GS guise. Currently 2014 is bringing a refresh, during which Buick has re-configured the actual 2. 0-liter turbo four in the guts from the Regals we enjoy most.

The bottom powertrain, a direct-injection, 182-hp 2. 4-liter four along with eAssist mild hybridization, carries more than for 2014. The large shakeup comes inside the turbo-four department. The actual current Regal Turbo and Regal GS use a similar 2. 0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, however in 2 totally different states of tune : 220 horsepower and 260 lb-ft inside the Turbo and 270/295 inside the GS. No more—the turbocharged four currently can are available one strength, regardless of that badge is on the actual booty of your respective Regal. Rated in 259 horsepower in 5300 rpm and 295 lb-ft in 3000 rpm, the actual new iteration bolsters Regal Turbos by 39 horses and 35 lb-ft, whilst the actual GS is neutered by 11 horsepower. The actual transmission rundown can be as follows : GM’s 6T40 six-speed auto is mandatory along with the bottom powertrain, whilst all Regal Turbos can utilize the 6T70 six-speed auto (forget about manual version). The actual latter ‘box could be fitted towards the GS, front-drive samples of that could be ordered having a six-speed manual.

In calling out front-drive designs as distinct entries, we currently can segue to what’s maybe the very best new item for 2014 : the actual Haldex all-wheel-drive method offered on designs using the 2. 0T and six-speed auto. The internal system shunts energy towards the front wheels naturally, however can transfer around ninety % from the torque towards the rear wheels in case required. Out back again, an electronic limited-slip diff can regulate the actual torque break up from still remaining to correct involving the rear wheels. Buick touts this like a device for each foul climate and enhanced performance, and, therefore devices usually perform, it doubtless can show to mitigate understeer in turn-in. The actual AWD method is currently additionally among the many parameters affected by selecting the actual GS’s Sport and GS traveling modes.

Buick Regal GS AWD 2014 Exterior

The Buick Regal GS has always been a very handsome car with premium shapes and panels that seem shrink-wrapped over the huge wheels. While clearly based on the Vauxhall Insignia VXR , the Buick nose actually looks much better than the European versions.

Unfortunately, the black chrome and grey grille will no longer be a GS exclusive as it replaces the chrome grille on the Regal Turbo.

The new headlights are the biggest change. They change the look quite a bit even with the lights off with a wider mounting position for the dark-tinted projector balls. The old lamps had the turn signal outboard of the projector, while the revised lamps have a turn signal element in the lower center corners.

The LED execution is vastly improved. The previous “wing” design (as Buick calls it) was not very bright and not nearly as cool as the latest BMW and Audi models. The new design puts the LED in a wider downward “L” shape directly above the regular lamp.

The GS now shares its headlight design with the Regal Turbo and eAssist but is the only one to come with standard bi-xenon HID bulbs. These new lights have a flash-to-pass strobe feature that sounds pretty useful in clearing the fast lane.

In back, the new trunk and chrome design corrects one of the only issues with the original Regal GS: a tail that seemed very narrow from some angles. The wider taillights look good with LED optics but are not as sophisticated as the latest taillights from BMW and Jaguar.

Buick Regal GS AWD 2014 Galery

Buick Regal GS AWD 2014 Interior

The interior of the GS feels worth the price upgrade alone over the Regal Turbo . This GS trades some gaudy fake wood veneers for a rich black that circles the cabin and panels. Perforated leather shows up on the new steering wheel and the overall finishes feel darker and more serious. Mercifully, the GS comes only in black.

The big news inside is a new center stack design, the addition of two levels of active safety systems, and enhanced IntelliLink connectivity and infotainment features. There’s a new center stack for climate and infotainment that looks sharp. The individual auto temperature controls are a nice luxury touch.

The latest generation of IntelliLink is very sophisticated and comes paired with OnStar for a wide range of connected services.

There is good news and there is bad news about the mechanical specs of the 2014 Regal GS. For good news, the six-speed manual continues on the front-drive GS and the new AWD system has an electronically locking differential setup.

The bad news is that peak power is down by 11 horsepower to a new total of 259. Torque stays the same at 295 pound-feet available from just 1700 rpm. This is down quite a bit versus the 325 horsepower turbo 2.8-liter V-6 from the Insignia VXR that sprints to 60 in 5.6 seconds. The previous GS came in at 6.2 seconds for the automatic front-drive model. Official times are not yet available but likely to stay the same for 2014.

Despite the loss in official power, the engine has come a long way since the gritty first iterations of this 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger first appeared a few years ago.

The new engine builds boost levels faster through new boost solenoid programming that replicates unlimited boost scenarios under even partial throttle loads. This design is like a manual anti-lag system and feels more progressive than the old engine’s on or off turbo power. Overall max boost pressure spikes to 24.5 psi at the torque peak from 3000 to 4000 rpm.

Newly-refined ECU programming and numerous mechanical tweaks to the engine promise the same performance as last year with a slight bump in fuel economy. EPA figures are not yet available but the GS may crack 30 mpg on the highway.

Buick Regal GS AWD 2014 Pricing

The GS’s 2014 prices have not yet been announced but are expected to rise less than $500 over current 2013 models. The current model is priced just below $36,000 before options (and discounts).

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