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Buick Unveils 2018 Regal Sportback and TourX Wagon Models

While the Opel brand may no longer be under the GM corporate umbrella, The last remnants of this bygone era are still making an impact in GM’s broader plans. Case in point, the 2018 Opel Insignia. Known as the Buick Regal here in the U.S., the newest iteration of the Regal aims to bring new-found refinement while still retaining the attributes that made the last generation model a hit with buyers.

 

The previous generation Buick Regal was only available here in the U.S. as a sedan. For 2018 the Regal ditches this approach – sort of. Instead, the 2018 version will arrive as a liftback (similar to the A7) and also as a wagon dubbed the TourX which would give Buick a competitor against the Audi Allroad and the Volvo V60 Cross Country.

 

 

Like before, the 2018 Regal makes use of a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, but overall performance figures vary depending on the model chosen. In the front wheel drive Sportback its good for 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque with all of this muscle being channeled to the front wheels through a nine speed automatic transmission. The Sportback is also available in all-wheel drive, and that helps boost torque to 295 lb-ft, though the nine speed gets swapped for an eight speed in this application.  Meanwhile the TourX only comes with all-wheel drive and an eight speed transmission which in turn preserves its existing 250/295 power ratings.

 

 

Buick claims that versatility will be at the forefront here with the Sportback having more overall cargo space than both the Audi A5 Sportback and the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. The TourX on the other hand will offer more cargo space than the Volvo V60 Cross Country, BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon, as well as the Subaru Outback.

The interior of both versions will come packed to the brim with the latest technology that GM has to offer. This includes a standard seven-inch infotainment system with Android and Apple CarPlay capability, but buyers can opt for a bigger eight-inch setup which can be enhanced further with optional navigation software. Look for the cabin to also gain upgrades in overall fit and finish including softer touch plastics as well as more supportive seats.

In addition, both the Sportback and the TourX will also make history for Buick, and be the first Buick models to offer an “active hood” A common feature on some of its European rivals, the “active hood can sense the imminent impact of a pedestrian between 16-30 miles per hour, and use a pyrotechnic operated actuator to raise the rear of the hood by four inches. This lessens the overall impact, and could also help reduce injuries to the pedestrian according to Buick’s official release.

Buick did not release formal fuel economy figures nor a final pricing ladder for the duo, but look for that information to emerge closer to the Regal’s launch to dealer lots in late 2017. Stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for the latest on the 2018 Buick Regal, as well as our live coverage of the 2017 New York Auto Show.

GM Announces Sale of Opel/Vauxhall To PSA

Confirming long suspected rumors and speculation that such a deal was indeed in the works, GM officially revealed that it has sold both Opel and its British cousin Vauxhall to PSA (Peugeot-Citroen) ahead of the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

The €2.2 billion sale marks the end of an era for GM, with the automaker completly leaving the European market after a decades long presence. While both Vauxhall and Opel had considerable history in the British and German markets respectively, they also transformed into a colossal money pit for GM in recent years, with both brands not being able to make a profit in the last sixteen years.

This is despite the shuttering of Chevrolet’s European sales division two years ago, which was supposed to give new life to lagging Opel sales, but ultimately failed to achieve the turnaround GM wanted.

GM revealed that it will still be involved with Opel via its rights to purchase warrants of PSA shares, which could resolve some issues regarding the use of GM technologies in the current lineup of Opel/Vauxhall models.

As for PSA, the French auto giant believes that it can return Opel to profitability by 2020 thanks to slashes in research and development costs, as well as the sharing of platforms and technologies across their portfolio of brands.

PSA CEO Carlos Tavarres, the man who helped Peugeot and Citroen rise from the brink of collapse a few years ago, is confident that he could pull the same feat for struggling Opel and its British sibling Vauxhall.

“We are confident that the Opel/Vauxhall turnaround will significantly accelerate with our support, while still respecting the commitments made by GM to the Opel/Vauxhall employees.” stated Tavarres in an online statement.

The U.S. market will feel some of the ripple effect from this action, since many of Buick’s product offerings like the Cascada and Encore trace their roots to Opel based products. GM revealed that PSA will continue to honor existing supply agreements with Buick and Australia-based Holden, but it could throw a sizable monkey wrench into plans for their next gen replacements, especially those currently on the drawing board.

That said, the next generation Buick Regal could provide an opprotunity for PSA to expand its reach into the U.S. market where its main Peugeot and Citroen brands still have a poor reputation among buyers, versus the more favorable history associated with Buick.

Finally, the deal was preceded by several minor collaboration efforts that took place back in 2012 when GM bought a seven percent stake in PSA. Several Peugeot-Citroen models are already built by Opel and vice versa, with the upcoming Citroen C3 Picasso sharing its components with the Geneva bound Opel Crossland X.

Chevrolet Amps Up The Aggression with 2018 ZL1 LE

Are you looking for more track day performance from the Chevrolet Camaro, and not even the already potent ZL1 model can satiate your need for speed? Chevrolet has unveiled the solution to this unique problem with the all new 2018 ZL1 LE.

ZL1 LE

Building on the standard ZL1, the ZL1 LE was designed to be the ultimate track day Camaro, and also enhances the already popular LE package even further. Chevrolet engineers added an all new suspension that features lightweight components, and the company was quick to point out that owners can easily switch between track and street settings.

The ZL1 LE also features sticky Goodyear tires that were designed to heat up quickly, which translates into higher levels of grip. These tires are wrapped around forged aluminium alloy wheels that are an inch wider and are slightly smaller than the hoops fitted on the standard ZL1 . A key aspect of these rims is that they are actually lighter than the stock units despite their additional width.

ZL1 LE

The exterior styling of the ZL1 LE also sees a host of upgrades that aim to enhance the car’s already solid aerodynamic profile. The front fascia features lower bumper mounted dive planes, while the rear incorporates a massive rear wing.

Performance under the hood has not been altered in this transformation, and the car is still powered by the familiar 650 horsepower supercharged LT4 V8. A six speed manual transmission is the sole offering here though, and features a revised sixth gear ratio.

ZL1 LE

The ZL1 LE is also lighter than the standard coupe, but unlike the stripped out Z/28 model, the ZL1 LE retains a high level of standard equipment, and includes heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, dual zone climate control, and a Bose premium audio system.

The 2018 ZL1 LE is expected to go on sale later this year, with formal pricing information being released before the car begins its full rollout to dealers nation wide. In the meantime, Chevrolet has released a brief video of the ZL1 LE tearing it up in its natural habitat which can be seen below.

 

 

HSV Unveils LS9 Powered GTSR W1 Super Sedan

Confirming a whole host of rumors that have been swirling for months about a higher level of Commodore performance. Holden’s in house tuner HSV has unveiled an all new Commodore performance model to formally send off the current generation Commodore.

Dubbed the GTSR W1, This souped up Holden goes all in on its performance credentials, and is powered by the same fire breathing LS9 supercharged V8 that also saw duty in the last generation ZR1 Corvette. Good for 635 GTSR-W1-Rear-3-4-smhorsepower and 601 lb-ft of torque, this potent engine allows the GTSR W1 to make the sprint to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

In addition to its straight line performance, the W1 also has solid handling manners thanks to an all new race inspired SupaShock suspension system, 20-inch wheels shod in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R race tires, 6-piston AP Racing monoblock front calipers, and a specially tuned bi-modal exhaust system.

The interior of the GTSR W1 shares much of its basic layout with the standard GTSR, but amps GTSR-W1-Interior-smit up with acres of Alcantara trim as well as a set of front racing seats.

Other details have not been released as of yet, but it is believed that HSV will only be building 250 examples of the GTSR W1, with each one having a base price of about $130,000.

 

2018 Traverse

Chevrolet Showcases Reborn 2018 Traverse

Following a shadowy teaser image, Chevrolet has formally unveiled the 2018 Traverse at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in a welcome update that brings the Traverse into the modern age.

This is apparent when compared with the outgoing Traverse which was ancient, and was falling behind rivals in multiple categories. Despite this, sales have remained strong, and Chevrolet has sold over half a million units since it went on sale back in 2008. The brand did not want to ruin this successful track record, and chose a deliberate approach in regards to its exterior styling.

The front fascia is much more muscular than before, and actually poaches some cues from the full size Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs. The side profile is about what you expect from a full size CUV, but the redesigned tail lights do look slick though they look like they stole a few too many tricks out of the Ford Explorer’s design playbook. Our lone gripe centered on the recently announced Traverse RS trim which is supposed to be the sport infused version. While we applaud Chevy for the attempt, some of its performance inspired cues look tacked on, and don’t mesh well with the Traverse’s bigger lines.

The interior is where the bulk of the changes are most apparent. The outgoing model was very roomy, but it was a sea of cheap plastics, and questionable ergonomic choices. The 2018 model aims to rectify that by adding more soft touch plastics, while also adding even2018 traverse interior more bins and cubbies to enhance overall storage space. The wheelbase is massive and this not only keeps the third row from being positioned right on top of the rear axle, but also helps enhance rear cargo space as well. Access to the third row is still not as easy as it is in some minivan offerings, but the second row does slide forward even with a bulky child seat in place.

The 2018 Traverse also receives a welcome tech upgrade, and now features 7- and 8-inch MyLink infotainment systems that can hook up to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which helps enhance the Traverse’s connectivity. A suite of safety features is also standard and includes a surround view camera system, forward collision alert, front pedestrian alert, and lane keep assist.

In addition to the fore-mentioned RS version, the 2018 Traverse also debuts an all new High Country model. This range topping variant features full LED headlights, a standard twin-clutch all-wheel drive system, leather and suede seating surfaces, as well as a power 2018 Traverse fold down seatsfolding third row seat. Chevrolet will be offering all-wheel drive across virtually all of the model lineup with the front wheel drive RS being the lone exception. Chevrolet claims that the take rate on all-wheel drive will remain at 40% which is an impressive figure.

Chevrolet did not reveal formal performance figures for the 2018 Traverse, but did state that the 306 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 will once again see duty under the hood, and deliver 25 mpg and a 5,000 lb towing capacity when equipped to a FWD variant. Like before, the RS model stands out, and utilizes the same 2.0 liter 252 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine that has spread to select members of the GM lineup. Both engines are paired to a nine speed automatic transmission and also come equipped with standard start/stop technology.

Chevrolet plans to roll out the 2018 Traverse this fall with formal pricing expected to be released closer to its official launch.

In other news, the brand also revealed that it is considering a CUV entry that would fall between the Traverse and the 2018 Equinox in terms of size and price. It is currently unknown if this means that the TrailBlazer nameplate is indeed returning on this mystery model, but it would give Chevrolet a more cohesive CUV lineup, and also allow it to take an even bigger chunk of the CUV sales pie.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Terrain

GMC Unveils All New 2018 Terrain [Live Images]

Unleashed just before its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI. GMC has taken the veil off of the 2018 Terrain which aims to shakeup the CUV segment while also solidifying GMC’s ambitions at taking a bigger slice of this profitable market segment.

The exterior styling of the new Terrain will be the biggest change that many buyers will notice when they see it up close. Wheras the old Terrain was blockier and looked downright awkward from some angles, the 2018 Terrain adds more sculpted lines2018 Terrain and cues to the design, while also incorporating several prominent traits from the bigger Acadia CUV. GMC designers also opted for better aerodynamics which is apparent with the new headlight design, and the tweaked grille. The end result is a vehicle that not only looks slick, but should be quieter and much more fuel efficient than before.

“It is a striking design with functional beauty” stated Helen Emsley executive director, Global GMC Design. “There’s confidence and optimism in its stance, with exceptional attention to detail that speaks to GMC’s rise as a premium brand.”

As expected, Denali models up the wow factor, and will incorporate its trademark chrome grille, as well as body color fascias and lower trim, chrome roof rails, 2018-gmc-terrain-denali-004chrome door handles, outside mirror caps, and body side molding. As a bonus, Denali versions will also add LED headlights and 19-inch ultra bright machined aluminium wheels.

Performance choices for the 2018 GMC Terrain largely follow in the tire tracks set by its mainstream oriented sibling, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. A 1.5 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine is standard on the base Terrain, while the 2.0 liter 252 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder is standard on higher grade Terrains. GMC is outfitting both engines with two distinct nine speed automatics that were designed to cater to each engine and helps improve performance and shift behavior.

For buyers looking for more efficiency, GMC will also shoehorn the 1.6 liter turbodiesel that initially made its debut in the Chevrolet Equinox,which would be the first time that the Terrain lineup has ever offered a diesel option for consumers.

A key feature is GMC’s all new Electronic Precision Shift which enhances overall storage space by replacing the conventional shifter setup with an all new system that uses intuitive push buttons and pull triggers for electronically controlled gear2018-gmc-terrain-slt-011 selection. The Terrain also comes equipped with GMC’s Traction Select system which allows buyers to select from four different driving modes that allow them to tailor the Terrain to whatever road conditions are present.

The interior follows the theme set by the exterior, and is designed to make a statement both in terms of functionality as well as its heightened refinement. The old model was filled with cheap plastics, and did not do a very good job distinguishing itself from its Chevrolet sibling. This new cabin aims to exorcise these demons, and does so thanks to splashes of real aluminium trim, better soft touch materials, as well as standard active noise cancellation technology.

Denali models add a heated steering wheel, navigation, a Bose 7 speaker audio system, and a hands free programmable power liftgate. An expanded center console features pass through storage underneath as well as all new side cupholders. Versatility was enhanced thanks to an all new fold flat front passenger seat and a reworked flat folding rear seat which aim to provide more cargo space and also allow the Terrain to better match rivals in this segment.

A 7-inch infotainment system is standard on the Terrain, but buyers can add an optional 8-inch screen that features compatibility for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as Onstar’s 4G LTE WiFi hotspot technology. The new system also 2018 Terraincomes equipped with the all new myGMC mobile app that allows buyers to manage various aspects of the Terrain remotely which adds extra levels of convenience and luxury to the ownership experience.

Lastly, GMC engineers also added higher levels of safety and technology to the Terrain’s bag of tricks and included the Acadia’s Safety Alert Seat , Forward Collision Alert, Surround Vision, Lane Keep Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This should please families that place safety and convenience at the top of their list when considering a CUV for their driveway.

Stay tuned for live photos of the 2018 Terrain later today, as well as the rest of our live coverage from the 2017 North American International Auto Show.

 

Chevrolet Teases 2018 Traverse Ahead of NAIAS

With the current generation Chevrolet Traverse starting to show its age, the bowtie brand has revealed a shadowy teaser image of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse ahead of its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The current Traverse is roughly the size of the last generation GMC Acadia, but it looks like the 2018 iteration will be bigger than the current generation Acadia which debuted on a smaller wheelbase. Chevrolet claims that the bigger size will help the crossover offer best in class legroom for third row passengers as well as “maximum cargo space” though Chevrolet chose to wait until NAIAS to release formal figures.

Look for this big footprint to also allow the Traverse to haul eight passengers which should please families looking for maximum room and capability out of their CUV purchase. Performance hardware is currently unknown at this point, but expect the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse to come equipped with a base turbocharged four cylinder and a tweaked version of its familiar 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6. We suspect that the Traverse will not join the Equinox in embracing a diesel option due to the low take rate, as well as its bigger size.

Chevrolet will be formally unveiling the CUV online in a few weeks, before rolling it under the lights of Cobo Center. It will then make its way to dealer lots a few months later, with full pricing and other specifications being released closer to its formal launch.

Buick Teases Velite PHEV Concept Ahead Of Chinese Debut

General Motors has released the first teaser image of the Velite PHEV concept car which will make its debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show, and signal what is expected out of Buick’s upcoming Buick Blue sub-brand.

GM for its part has remained quiet on specific details of the concept, but did reveal that the Velite’s PHEV system will consist of a direct injection gasoline engine that is paired with the company’s latest “modular intelligent electric drive system, as well as a modular lithium-ion battery pack.

The exterior styling of the concept also largely remains shrouded in mystery  but the front end does promise to showcase a bold face that is highlighted by slick headlights that merge at the Buick tri-shield which is also illuminated. The hood also has a relatively elegant design, and appears to thankfully be free of the tacky portholes that have come to define Buick’s offerings (for better or for worse.)

“Additional products featuring HEV, PHEV, and extended range electric vehicle powertrains are on the way from Buick to provide diverse intelligent solutions for green mobility” the announcement went on to reveal hinting that GM has a big green push in store for Buick that would not only be prevalent in China, but also trickle down into the U.S. market where the brand’s lack of green offerings is a noticeable weakness when compared to rivals such as Lexus and Hyundai

It is currently unknown if the powertrain and chassis architectures will lean towards the Cadillac CT6 PHEV or if they will share their heritage with the Chevrolet Volt. However, GM has released statements in the past which state that the company sees the Volt as a range extended EV versus an outright PHEV which could give the CT6 theory an edge in overall feasibility.

Look for additional details to be revealed closer to the car’s formal unveiling on November 18th, with more images possibly appearing before the big unveiling in China.

GMC Unveils 2500 HD All Terrain X

The off-road pickup truck segment has seen a spike in growth recently with Ram unveiling the 2500 Power Wagon, the recently launched V6 powered Ford F-150 Raptor, and the iconic Jeep Wrangler. General Motors looks to take a slice of this potent sales pie for itself, and has unveiled the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 HD All Terrain X.

Following on the heels of the recently launched Canyon and Sierra 1500 All Terrain X, the beefy 2500 variant aims to go toe to toe with the Ram Power Wagon, and on paper it appears to have the goods to do just that. The exterior styling continues the all black motif 2500 HD All Terrain Xthat has defined GMC’s off-road models and includes the blacked out front grille surround, 18-inch aluminium wheels, as well as its black hued four-inch side steps. The truck also features a black sports bar that further emphasizes its rugged intentions.

The interior of this bruiser is also a clever mix of elegance and functionality and comes equipped with a heated steering wheel, adjustable pedals, rear view camera, and blacked out leather seats with front seat heat. Speaking of the seats, we are happy that GMC chose a more tasteful design for the thrones versus the decidedly more garish looking tire tread style cues that defines the Power Wagon’s seats. Rounding out this is GM’s eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features the latest iteration of IntelliLink.

Performance for the 2500 HD All Terrain X is shared with the standard 2500 4×4 model, and comes equipped with two different engine choices. The base engine is a 6.0 liter V8, but look for the majority of buyers to go with the 6.6 liter Duramax turbodiesel engine which 2500 HD All Terrain X fender shotbrings 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque to the festivities. The All Terrain package also includes meaty Goodyear Duratec off road tires, GM’s off road focused Z71 suspension, an Eaton locking differential, and package exclusive underbody shielding. This should allow the X to keep up with the Power Wagon on rugged backwoods trails, and please buyers looking for an alternative to the Ram.

GMC has not released formal pricing or launch details for the 2500 HD All Terrain X, but look for the truck to possibly make its debut either at the LA Auto Show or the North American International Auto Show in January.

Chevrolet Welcomes Fall With 2018 Equinox

With the first days of Fall now upon us, Chevrolet has chosen to celebrate the occasion by unveiling the 2018 Equinox.

Visually the Equinox benefits from a major redesign that adds newfound levels of freshness to the design. Wheras the current model featured a more restrained look that 2018 Chevrolet Equinoxwas starting to show its age, this new suit of clothes allows the Equinox to fall in line with its brand mates, and the new design language that Chevrolet is currently using.

The front fascia for example features a two piece radiator grille that is framed by bold chrome trim. Elongated headlights add more 2018 Chevrolet Equinoxboldness to the package, and its side profile benefits from new sculpting. Overall its a look that is much more upscale, and should stand out more versus its bland predecessor.

The interior of the 2018 Equinox has also seen a major overhaul and incorporates many technologies that have made their debut in  other Chevy products including the latest iteration of the MyLink infotainment system as well as better plastics.

It will be interesting to see if base models will ditch the mesh style coverings for the seats, and embrace a more traditional material. Having spent considerable time in the 2012 model that does hauling duty here at the office, it’s very annoying when rogue buttons and snaps snag on the holes.

Meanwhile Chevy engineers have removed 400 lbs of excess weight from the platform, while also shaving four inches of length, which allows the 2018 version to measure in at 183 inches long with width and height ringing in at 75 and 65 inches respectively. This downsizing effort also means that there will no longer be any naturally aspirated engines avalible. Instead, buyers will choose from three diffrent turbocharged four cylinder engines with the Malibu’s 170 horsepower 1.5 liter turbocharged four cylinder serving as the base engine. Most buyers however will gravitate towards the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder which is good for 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Lastly buyers can also choose to add a 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine to their Equinox purchase. Chevrolet has never offered a diesel engine before on the Equinox, and the brand freely admitted that the addition of this model was an effort to lure disgruntled TDI owners away from Volkswagen stores. Good for 136 horsepower, the new engine boasts an impressive 40 mpg on the freeway, and aims to be the green Equinox choice.

The diesel engine and the base 1.5 liter engine send their muscle through a six speed automatic transmission with the 2.0 liter featuring a nine speed automatic transmission. Like before front wheel drive is standard fare but can be swapped out for all wheel drive.

Safety was also at the forefront when engineers were developing this latest Equinox. This includes optional equipment such as a surround view camera, forward collision alert, lane keeping assist, and low speed automatic 2018 Chevrolet Equinoxbraking. In addition the 2018 Equinox also features GM’s rear seat reminder technology that sounds audible and visual warnings if a child is left in the back seat. First appearing in the GMC Acadia, the system is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce overheating deaths caused by children being left in hot cars.

Look for the 2018 Equinox to go on sale during the first part of next year with the model covering the auto show circuit prior to its launch. Pricing information will be released closer to its on sale date, but Chevrolet says that the new Equinox will reach 115 global markets by the end of 2017.