Here's Your 2018 Buick Regal, Minus the Badge

heres your 2018 buick regal minus the badge

General Motors’ European subsidiary Opel has pulled the wraps off its next-generation Insignia flagship, giving us a damn good preview of the next Buick Regal.

Lower, longer and wider in the grand American tradition, the 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport should premier at the Geneva Motor Show in March, shortly before GM reveals its stateside twin — the 2018 Regal — in New York. That model, we’re told, should arrive with greater powertrain and body style choice than before.

Will the redesign breathe new life into Buick’s overlooked midsizer?

The new Insignia/Regal twins will likely adopt a version of the E2XX platform, ditching the old Epsilon II in favor of more interior room. While the Regal’s measurements could vary slightly from its European sibling, the Insignia Grand Sport sees a 3.6-inch wheelbase increase, a 1.1-inch lower roofline, and a 0.4-inch growth in track width (front and rear). GM pared back the overhangs to mimic a rear-drive model.

We’re not fooled, but that’s definitely an abrupt rear end.

According to Opel, the new Insignia Grand Sport sheds 386 pounds compared to its predecessor. Of that total, 132 pounds were shaved from the body in white. This is in keeping with a lightweighting strategy seen on recent GM offerings, and should allow for the use of a smaller base engine.

The 2.4-liter four-cylinder found in the current entry-level Regal should go the way of the Dodo, replaced with either a 1.5-liter turbocharged four or a variant of GM’s 2.0-liter turbo. A source told TTAC in October that Buick will offer a V6 engine in uplevel trims.

Adjustable damping and a five-link rear suspension appears on the Insignia, while intelligent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring is available as an option. Expect those goodies to carry over to the U.S., as Buick has no plans to ditch the sporty GS model.

Rather than simply swap badges on a Euro-spec Insignia ( seen undisguised here), Buick plans to give the Regal version its own distinct styling. A brawnier, crossover-style variant is also on the way, and should take the TourX name, though a straight-up wagon for North America is as likely as election reform.

After debuting a new LaCrosse for 2017 and killing off the Verano, Buick could use some fresh blood in its car lineup. Regal sales stagnated soon after the current generation’s introduction for the 2011 model year.

For 2018, Regal production moves to Germany, vacating its former home in Oshawa, Ontario.

[Images: Opel]

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  • Johnster Johnster on Dec 08, 2016

    Well, I'm slightly disappointed that the roof-line is lower. It should be higher. More rear seat headroom, please. Let's hope the back seat has at least as much legroom as the cheaper Malibu. The station wagon body-style, the V-6, and even the all-wheel drive sound promising. It might provide some competition for the Subaru Outback and maybe even the Volvo V90 and Volvo V90 Cross Country.

  • Brettc Brettc on Dec 09, 2016

    That wagon is beautiful as-is, but I doubt we'll get it as-is. Nevertheless, I will be checking that thing out once it hits dealer lots as a potential Sportwagen replacement.

  • Snickel Fritz I just bought a '97 JX 4WD 4AT, and though it's not quite roadworthy yet I am already in awe of it's simplicity and apparent ruggedness. What I am equally in awe of, is the scarcity of not only parts but correct information regarding anything on this platform. I'm going to do my best to get this little donkey back on it's feet, but I wouldn't suggest this as a project vehicle for anyone who doesn't already have several... and a big impressive shop with a full suite of fabrication/machining/welding equipment, and friends with complimentary skillsets, and extra money, and... you get the idea. If you don't, I urge you to read up on the options for replacing anything on these rigs. I didn't read enough before buying, and I have zero of the above suggested prerequisites... so I'm an idiot, don't listen to me. Go buy all of 'em!
  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
  • ScarecrowRepair The 1907 Panic had several causes of increased demand for money:[list][*]The semi-annual shift of money between farms and cities (to buy for planting and selling harvests)[/*][*]Britain and Germany borrowing for their naval arms race[/*][*]San Francisco reconstruction borrowing after the 1906 earthquake and fire[/*][/list]Two things made it worse:[list][*]Idiotic bans on branch banking, which prevented urban, rural, and other state branches from shifting funds to match demands. This same problem made the Great Depression far worse. Canada, which allowed branch banking, had no bank failures; the US had 9000 failures.[/*][*]Idiotic reserve requirements left over from the Civil War which prevented banks from loaning money; they eventually started honoring IOUs illegally and started the recovery.[/*][/list]Been a while since I read up on it, so I may have some of the details wrong. But it was an amazing clusterfart which could have been avoided or at least tamed sooner if states and the feds hadn't been so ham handed.
  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.