Buick revives the Regal name for 2011 in a mid-size sedan born and built in Germany. (As the lineup expands and the manufacturing plant is readied it will be built in North America.) Shorter than the LaCrosse, this latest Regal is an all-new car to Buick. It’s based on the same structure as the Opel Insignia that won major awards in Europe last year.
The 2011 Buick Regal is initially offered only in mid-line CXL trim with leather upholstery. The new Regal is powered by a 182-hp four-cylinder with six-speed automatic, or a 220-hp turbocharged, direct-injected 2-liter with a six-speed manual transmission. The turbocharged engine delivers a huge boost in torque for more relaxed yet more powerful propulsion. Fully independent suspension has been tuned for ride comfort but this Buick won’t shy away from the winding road alternative, and the steering and brakes are up to it.
Best thought of as a four-passenger car that could carry a child seat rear-center, the Regal’s interior is mix of sporty and luxury much like an Acura TSX. The degree to which you favor the efficient sporty look or warmer luxury feel may well dictate which cabin color scheme you choose.
The Regal CXL RL1 has leather upholstery, dual-temp climate control, heated front seats, power driver seat, power windows/locks/heated mirrors, tilt/telescope steering wheel with redundant controls, AM/FM/XM/CD/USB audio, Bluetooth, split-fold rear seat, trip computer, keyless entry, and OnStar w/turn-by-turn navigation (6 months service included at purchase, by subscription thereafter).
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