2015 Buick Regal GS AWD

By Mauricio Lezcano / carsntravel.com

For 2015 the Buick Regal adds new technologies, offering customers greater connectivity that complements lifestyles that are more connected than ever. They include OnStar with 4G LTE with and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as IntelliLink with Text Messaging Alerts and Siri Eyes Free.

Additionally, 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 are available. 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 2015 Regal’s interior blends sculptural beauty and refinement with technology, centered on Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system. The instrument panel center stack houses the system’s eight-inch color touch screen. It is designed for easy operation with intuitive controls and smartphone influenced swipe recognition for easier navigation.

A high-resolution, 4.2-inch color display is the focal point of the instrument cluster, delivering 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.

The standard 2.0L engine’s 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. For the Regal GS, peak torque is reached at 2,500 rpm and is maintained through 4,000 rpm. Those broad torque bands are supported by boost levels as high as 24 psi (1.65 bar) in the speed range, engineered to give the Regal GS assuring, exhilarating feelings of immediate power on demand.

A six-speed automatic transmission is matched with the engine. GS customers have the choice of a six-speed manual, as well, at no additional cost making it one of the few vehicles in the segment to offer a turbocharged engine with manual transmission.

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 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.

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.

For 2015 the Buick Regal GS brings a stylish alternative to the entry premium midsize sedan segment. It musters visual appeal, soothing quiet and smoothness, along with the features build on the vehicle wide enhancements, makes this European bred midsize sedan a smarter choice for customers seeking technology infused performance matched with the brand’s signature luxury and refinement.

The 2015 Buick Regal GS AWD achieves an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. The manufacturers suggested price as tested with the Driver’s Confidence Packages 1 and 2, Power Sunroof plus destination charge was $43,820.00. Key competitors Acura TSX, Volkswagen CC, Volvo S60, Lexus IS250, Infiniti Q50 and AudiA4. mlezcano@carsntravel.com


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Emilio Lezcano

Journalist - Editor - Photographer
Professional Race Car Driver

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