Along with the Buick LaCross released earlier this year, the new Regal, announced today, basically a badge-engineered Opel Insignia, is expected to capture the lion’s share of China’s medium-grade auto market.
As a model specially designed for the Chinese market, the Regal has been well received by Chinese customers as a best-seller of the joint venture. It has been a model of Shanghai GM to rival Accord, Passat and often topped the sales list in the medium-grade car market in China.
The Buick Regal’s new version, derived from or the European Opel Insignia, shares the Epsilon II platform with LaCrosse, but has slightly higher market orientation than the latter. GM simply popped out the Opel grille, got rid of the lightning logo and retrofitted Buick badge.
The new Regal comes with a choice of two power-trains: a 164-hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine and 211-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, both with a six-speed manual transmission. The naturally aspirated four-banger has a leisurely 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds, while the turbo motor scoots to 60 in 7.8 seconds.