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2018 Buick Regal Spied for the First Time

Our spy photographers caught the 2018 Buick Regal on film for the first time, and yes, it’s a bigger car than the current Regal. Other than the badge, the 2018 Buick Regal differs from the all-new Opel Insignia at the rear. More specifically, the Regal is a notchback with a proper trunk while the Opel is a fastback with a more utilitarian hatchback door.
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Slated to arrive at U.S. dealerships late this year for the 2018 model year, the Buick Regal is also due in Australia as the all-new Holden Commodore. Though the prototype featured in the gallery doesn’t show much, we can see a waterfall front grille hiding under the camouflage. The best thing about the 2018 Buick Regal, though, is how slender and tightly drawn it is compared to the current model.

Under the skin, you’ll find the P2XX, a longer variant of the GM E2XX vehicle architecture that’s found under the body shell of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Other than the Regal, the next-gen Buick LaCrosse is expected to be underpinned by the P2XX platform. The primary traits of the P2XX are weight reduction and more interior room.

On the powertrain front, nothing is official at the time of writing, but it’s fairly normal to expect two powerplants. The base engine will come in the form of the 2-liter LTG turbo-4 with 250 horsepower on tap. As for the range-topping alternative, that will be the naturally aspirated 3.6 LGX V6 found under the hood of the mid-range 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. In the latter application, the LGX develops 335 horsepower and 284 lb-ft (385 Nm) of torque.

Set to be offered in front- and all-wheel-drive flavors, the 2018 model year Buick Regal is expected to make its public outing at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 18. The 2017 Opel Insignia, on the other hand, is tipped to debut at the Paris Auto Show on October 1.

 
 
 
 
 

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