A New Buick Regal? That’s the Word on the Street
The next Buick Regal has been spotted, and anticipation in the automotive world has never been higher. European versions of the 2018 Regal sedan and wagon have been spotted under the name Opel Insignia, but word on the street is this sleek, sultry-looking vehicle is, in fact, the next Regal — and we couldn’t be happier!
The General Motor’s Opel Insignia Connection
In European countries, GM offers its midsize Opel Insignia in sedan, wagon, and hatchback body styles. Americans better know the GM Opel Insignia as the Buick Regal, so naturally, any news of the Regal’s European counterpart provides a glimpse into its future stateside.
The next-generation Insignia was spotted in Los Angeles at the end of last year. The undisguised photos have given reviewers and automotive writers the chance to speculate about the new Regal, which should arrive later this year in the form of a 2018 model.
The Next-gen Regal is Hot!
If the new Insignia is any indication (and it is!), the next-generation Buick Regal boasts an athletic stance with crisp, clean lines. More than that, it will also be offered in a wagon body style, which arguably looks even more impressive than the sedan.
Trademark filings have indicated the name “Regal TourX” is a likely title for the U.S. version of the Regal wagon, although this will be revealed in due time. The name may be indicative of a crossover-inspired body variant. Given what we know about the Insignia, the 2018 Regal will have a longer wheelbase and a lower roofline to reduce drag, boosting its performance as well as its aesthetics.
According to photographs, the sedan will likely come standard with front-wheel drive as well as a high-performance option with chassis upgrades and more power. If Buick follows Regal tradition, the more athletic version of the sedan should become the 2018 Regal GS.
A More Premium Image
The most exciting aspect of the new Buick Regal is in its styling. A longer roof on the wagon body style cultivates what reviewers are calling an “Eurocentric premium image,” which falls in line with premium-quality European automobiles such as Audi, BMW, and Volvo. This could catapult Buick’s reputation in the U.S. as the luxury vehicle to own next year.
In fact, according to General Motors, the new Insignia is over 380 pounds lighter than its predecessor, even though it’s grown in width, length, and interior volume. This weight loss is good news for the new Buick Regal’s fuel economy, which will undoubtedly surpass the former generation’s capabilities.
The Opel Insignia spotted in Los Angeles in December 2016 looked close to production-ready, meaning it should be making its debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show this month. That means the Regal itself won’t be too far behind, and it could be officially announced in summer 2017.
Only time will tell us the specifics about the 2018 Buick Regal, and you can bet we’ll be watching the automotive world over the next few weeks for any news. Would you drive the new Regal sedan or wagon?