Next-Gen Buick Regal Spied, Appears to Be Longer Than Current Model
Buick is in the midst of reversing negative stigmatization of its products’ coolness by, per their own marketing, telling new and potential customers that its new vehicles look nothing like the old ones. With the 2017 LaCrosse adopting a visual style that borrows from its exciting Avenir concept, new aesthetic upgrades are likely in store for its current model lineup. With the new Encore likely borrowing a great deal from the new Opel Mokka X, it seems that another vehicle in Buick’s lineup will look to its European cousin for inspiration.
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Spy shots obtained by Automotive News reveal a vehicle presumed to be the next-generation Buick Regal testing on a public road somewhere in the United States (possibly Anytown, Somewheresville, or Whoknowsburg). Based on analysis of the camo-wrapped mule, the new Regal will not only adopt the same new face as the LaCrosse, but apparently a longer profile akin to the next-gen Opel Insignia.
The expectation is that the Regal will be built on the same global platform as the yet-to-debut Insignia and the new Chevy Malibu, which would suggest a wheelbase four inches longer than the current model. An Insignia seen testing last year was quite similar to the presumed Regal, apart from a sloping fastback profile that the Regal will apparently (and unfortunately) forego.
According to the report, the Regal and the Insignia are expected to debut in close proximity to one another, with sources speculating a mid-2017 launch as part of the 2018 model year.
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