After a nearly 30-year hiatus, General Motors reportedly will revive the Buick Regal Grand National in the North American market. Indeed, there is too much speculation and conversation at GM enthusiast’s forum about the revival of the legendary Grand National. Even the automaker will be ready to offer the 2018 Regal Grand National in a high-performance GNX coupe variant. So this news is certainly quite interesting for Buick fans who await the presence of the Regal Grand National.
According to our sources, the next-gen 2018 Buick Grand National will be sold as a four-door sedan and two-door coupe in the US market. The regular models may be available as a four-door sedan, while the high-performance Grand National GNX will be offered as a two-door coupe. The new Grand National will be entirely dependent on GM’s Alpha platform, which is now also underpins the Chevrolet Camaro, Cadillac CTS and ATS sedans. Moreover, Buick has also filed a patent for the new Grand National to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s. General Motors took this new strategy in order to increase sales of its Regal lineup in the North American market.
Will Rely on GM Alpha’s New Platform
As you know that the current Regal model is riding on the GM Epsilon II platform with a front-wheel drive configuration. However, since 2011, the Buick Regal has been using the same platform as the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia in the UK market or in other words it’s just a rebadged version. And yes this Insignia range seems less favored in the European market at that time.
Well talking about the design, the 2018 Buick Grand National is expected to come with a more handsome design and very much different than the previous generation model. Although the car will completely rely on GM Alpha’s new architecture, the upcoming Grand National will likely take on the same design cues as the sixth-gen Chevy Camaro, third-gen Cadillac CTS and ATS sedans. All these three GM models have also been using GM Alpha platform.
2018 Buick Grand National GNX Specs
Under its hood, the 2018 Buick Grand National will be available in three engine specs options for the US market and one of them will be taken from the current ATS sedan models. The entry-level model will most likely be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can deliver 272 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000-5,500 rpm. If you’re not satisfied with a 2.0L turbo-four, you can of course drop the option on a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 engine that’s good for 321 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm and 274 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm.
While the 2018 Buick Grand National GNX will be powered by a newly-developed 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine capable of delivering over 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This new model will be available with rear-wheel drive system and will be paired to either a six-speed automatic, six-speed manual, as well as eight-speed Hydra-Matic automatic gearbox.
2018 Buick Grand National Release Date and Price
Unfortunately, GM has not yet revealed the official release date schedule for the 2018 Buick Grand National. But the new model is expected to arrive at US dealerships floor later this year, followed by a high-performance 2018 Grand National GNX sometime early next year. As for the pricing details, the next-generation Grand National is expected to go on sale with a starting price of less than $30,000 for the entry-level model. While the high-performance GNX variant will obviously be more expensive than the base model and will probably be priced around $43,000. Look for the official pricing details when the car has been officially released in the North American market.
The 2018 Buick Grand National will go into the production line at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, Michigan, USA, since this new model will use GM’s new Alpha platform as the Chevy Camaro, Cadillac CTS and ATS.