Buick revealed the 2018 Regal GS on Wednesday, after showing the Sportback and TourX in April. The redesigned Regal GS will have 310 hp -- 51 more than the outgoing model -- and 282 pounds-feet of torque with direct injection, cylinder deactivation and engine stop-start.
Its engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that soon will be offered on five Buick models. The standard Sportback includes a nine-speed transmission only with front-wheel drive, switching to an eight-speed for awd.
The front and rear fascia, side skirts and rear spoiler are unique to the GS, which comes with 19-inch wheels and Brembo front brake calipers. Inside are heated, cooled and massaging front seats, a sport flat-bottom steering wheel and metal pedals.
Attracting Verano drivers
Aldred said the Regal's lower starting price is meant to attract customers who previously bought the Verano sedan, which was discontinued last fall. He expects transaction prices for the Regal to also be lower than the outgoing model.
The GS should account for about 10 percent of Regal sales, Aldred said, the same as for the 2017 version, while the 2.0-liter Sportback will be the biggest seller.
"We really don't know what the popularity of the TourX will be," he said.