In the left corner, we have the Buick Regal — the Tri Shield brand’s copy of the Opel Insignia — Opel’s flagship (sport) sedan. The Regal rides on the short wheelbase variant of GM’s Epsilon architecture, is driven by the front wheels, and offers Interactive Drive Control in some trim levels.
In the right corner is the Cadillac ATS — a compact rear-wheel drive thoroughbred that has been engineered to run with and beat the king of the compact performance-lux segment — the BMW 3 series. Riding on its own platform dubbed Alpha, the ATS offers GM’s coveted Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), a choice of two four-cylinder engines (one of which is boosted) as well as one six-cylinder mill, while the Regal provides a range of four-cylinder-only offerings, including a 2.4L mated to GM’s mild-hybrid eAssist system as well as two different configurations of the turbo-charged 2.0 LHU — one configured for a more moderate output (Regal Turbo) and one with a high output (Regal GS).
|MEASUREMENT / VEHICLE||BUICK REGAL||CADILLAC ATS|
|PLATFORM||GM EPSILON||GM ALPHA|
|LAYOUT||FF (FRONT-ENGINE, FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE)||FR (FRONT-ENGINE, REAR-WHEEL DRIVE)|
|POWERTRAIN||4-CYLINDER RANGE: 2.4L EASSIST MILD HYBRID, 2.0T (HIGH & LOW OUTPUT)||2.5L 4-CYLINDER 2.0L TURBO 4-CYLINDER 3.6L 6-CYLINDER|
|SUSPENSION SPECIALTY||IDCS – INTERACTIVE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEM||MRC – MAGNETIC RIDE CONTROL|
One is luxury midsizer with sporting intentions, while the other is a luxury compact developed from the ground up to run with the world’s best. Which form of sport luxury sedan would you pick, and why? Vote in the poll below and then tell us why you made your pick in the comments.