The big powertrain news for 2014 is the inclusion of an all-wheel-drive system for an extra $2,175. Marking one of the few uses of all-wheel drive on a Buick car, the new Regal AWD has an electronic, limited-slip differential and a HiPer Strut front suspension, which is the same front arrangement used on the hot, front-drive Regal GS.
Speaking of the Regal GS, it's not so hot for 2014. It sports the same 259-horsepower engine as the standard Regal, but offsets that with a wealth of standard, optional or flat-out exclusive equipment like active dampers, Brembo brakes and a Bose stereo. Prices (all including the $925 fee) start at $37,830. Like the standard car, the GS will be available with all-wheel drive for the first time, bringing it a bit more in line with its cousins across the pond - Opel Insignia OPC and Vauxhall Insignia VXR. Prices for the GS AWD start at $40,195.
Different as they may be, the Regal and Regal GS offer the same pair of option packages. The Driver Confidence I package costs $1,090 and adds a number of safety features, like forward collision alert, blind spot monitoring, lane change alert, lane departure warning and cross traffic alert. The Driver Confidence II pack adds adaptive cruise control and collision preparation for $2,295, but must be added on top of the first option group.
New sedan arrives with fresh styling, new technology and improved performance
DETROIT – The 2014 Buick Regal goes on sale later this year with a suggested retail price of $30,615, including a $925 destination charge.
Standard equipment includes next-generation IntelliLink connectivity with an eight-inch color touch display, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear vision camera, leather-appointed seating surfaces, heated front seats and a new 2.0L I-4 Turbo delivering better power, refinement and fuel economy.
Regal is available with two powertrains. A new standard 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder is SAE-rated at 259 horsepower and delivers 18 percent more power over the 2013MY Regal Turbo. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, it delivers EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, a 17 percent improvement in city fuel economy over the 2013 Regal Turbo.
A 2.4L 4-cylinder with eAssist is available starting at $32,485 and delivers 36 mpg hwy.
Also new for 2014 is an advanced all-wheel-drive system that incorporates electronic limited-slip differential to help make the most of traction in all driving conditions and comes standard with HiPer Strut front suspension. Regal AWD is available starting at $32,790.
A new Regal GS also goes on sale later this year with a suggested retail price of $37,830, including a $925 destination charge. In addition to standard Regal content, GS includes high- intensity discharge head lamps; sport seats with leather seating surfaces; eight-inch full color reconfigurable driver information cluster and display; navigation; Bose premium audio; HiPer Strut front suspension; Computer Damping Control; Interactive Drive Control with Sport and GS modes; Brembo four-piston front brake calipers; and 19-inch aluminum wheels with all-season tires. Also available are 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with summer rated tires.
Regal GS also features a new 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder rated at 259 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of peak torque from 2,500 rpm to 4,000 rpm. The 2.0L Turbo is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and earns an EPA rating of 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, an 11 percent improvement over 2013 Regal GS highway. A six-speed manual is available on FWD GS models at no additional cost.
The Regal GS AWD starts at $40,195 and alters characteristics to support performance-oriented driving when the Sport or GS driving modes are selected.
"Regal represents a more sporty expression of Buick today," said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. "The 2014 model's advanced technology, powertrain improvements and dynamic handling characteristics deliver the attributes consumers seek in today's premium sport sedans."
Every 2014 Buick offers a full suite of active safety technologies, and two available package groups comprise the offerings for Regal and Regal GS.
The Driver Confidence I package includes Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Following Distance Indicator for $1,090.
The Driver Confidence II package includes full-speed Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Preparation. It is a $2,295 option that must be paired with Driver Convenience I.
Additional equipment, including rear park assist, passive entry and passive start, a heated steering wheel,120v outlet, remote start, high-intensity discharge lamps, and rear seat thorax airbags are standard equipment in various Regal equipment groups.
Every 2014 Regal comes standard with two years or 24,000 miles of regular maintenance and five years of OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob services. Regular maintenance includes oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections. OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob services allow owners to lock and unlock the vehicle's doors or activate remote start (on certain models) using a smartphone app.
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