Say goodbye to the Buick Regal sedan as we've known it. The American sedan will undergo not just a redesign but will also take a fairly radical departure from the Regal we've known for numerous generations. General Motors is taking some big chances by introducing two new body styles to the Regal, one in the form of a five-door hatchback and the other a station wagon, the likes of which Buick hasn't done in two decades.
The new Regal models will actually come from Europe's GM division, Opel, and will be based on the Opel’s Insignia Grand
If you thought the last Regal looked a bit old, there's a reason why. The thing has been around since the nameplate resurrection back in 2011, so the car looks long-in-the-tooth and needed replacement badly. Rather than bringing another standard 3-box sedan back for the sixth-generation Regal, the timing to make a change is ripe. Here are some details about the new vehicles:
- The new design is more modern and aggressive with clean lines and well-placed angles along the body and front and rear fascias.
- The hatchback will be front-wheel drive standard with optional all all-wheel drive like the current 2017 model. Buick may even introduce a higher-performance GS model with a different engine and interior and exterior tweaks.
- The wagon may be called the "Regal TourX" since GM has actually filed for a trademark with that name. Look for the wagon to possibly get more clearance and standard all-wheel drive like the Subaru Outback. The move makes sense with the popularity of crossovers.
- Power will likely come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with GM's 9-speed automatic transmission. Output should be 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque like the Chevy Malibu. The naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder will get nixed.
- Buick might also bring a 1.5-liter turbo four for lower trim models, and the GS could get a 300-hp 2.0-liter four that's been massaged for more oomph.
The new cars may see manufacturing at Opel’s Ruesselsheim factory in Germany and imported to the America. The current Regal is actually built at GM's Ontario, Canada plant. It's likely that the next Regal models will be the last versions built by Opel since GM will sell both Opel and Vauxhall to French carmaker PSA Group for $2.3 billion.