Buick allegedly had plans to bring back the Regal Grand National and high-performance GNX sedan as a 2018 model after his long sleep for almost 30 years. Perhaps there is too much nonsense out there, or even speculation about GM’s plans in recent years. However, our sources believe that General Motors will actually revive this legendary car.
According to some leaked information, the 2018 Buick Regal Grand National will come in the form of four-door sedans and two-door coupe, as well as will be built on GM’s Alpha platform which today is used by the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, 2014 Cadillac CTS and ATS sedans. In fact, General Motors has reportedly filed his patent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Of course, this provides fresh air for Buick fan out there.
This strategy taken by General Motors to increase its sales in the future, considering the current Buick Regal models use GM’s Epsilon II platform with a front engine layout. And as we know, since 2011 Buick Regal is a rebadged version of the Opel Insignia or better known as the Vauxhall Insignia in the UK market, which seem less desirable by the market.
2018 Buick Regal Grand National/GNX Design and Specs
In terms of design, the 2018 Buick Grand National is expected to adopt a very impressive and different design compared to the current Regal model, thanks to GM’s Alpha platform with rear-wheel drive layout. It may be slightly inspired by the three other GM models that use the same platform, including the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro, third-generation Cadillac CTS and ATS. However, of course, the original Buick breath will still be there, although the car will use GM’s new architecture.
As for the engine options, the next-generation car will be offered in three different engine options when it hit the North American market and will most likely be borrowed from the current Cadillac ATS. The first option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine capable of producing at least 272 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 3,000-5,500 rpm. If consumers are not satisfied, they can thrusting money at the second option that comes with a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 engine and is claimed to spew out 321 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 274 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm.
Remember, the last engine option will only be available for the high-performance 2018 Regal GNX sedan. Buick reportedly will offer a newly-developed 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which is allegedly able to crank out more than 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, three transmission options are available, including a six-speed automatic, six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic Hydra-Matic gearbox.
2018 Buick Regal Grand National Release Date and Price
Talking about release date, the 2018 Buick Regal Grand National will most likely be released in the US market in late 2017, followed by a GNX variant shortly afterwards. The price tag for the base model is expected to start around $29,000, while the high-performance GNX model may be priced around $42,500. This new model will reportedly be built at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Michigan, since it uses the same Alpha platform like the Camaro, CTS and ATS.