The Buick Regal. The newest vehicle in the Tri Shield brand’s stable, at least until the Verano makes it to dealer showrooms later this year. Whether you consider it badge engineering or not, there’s no denying that the Epsilon II-based sedan has some kind of potential, having sold 18,455 through May 2011. Just what kind of potential it has, however, is still up in the air.
The Regal is bigger and heavier than the vehicles Buick thinks it competes with (Acura TSX), not to mention the underpowered nature of the standard 2.4 liter ECOTEC engine. To alleviate that, the Regal Turbo has more power and the high-performance Regal GS is on its way, albeit without all wheel drive and the ultra-powerful 2.8 liter turbo V6. Instead, the fastest vehicle in the Buick lineup will be powered by a 2.0 liter turbo four and be pulled by the front wheels — definitely not what many enthusiasts expected. And how let’s not forget about the Regal eAssist mild hybrid that will be available for the 2012 model year or the fact that the Regal is almost the exact same size as the Lexus ES350? So shouldn’t it compete with the Lexus while allowing the LaCrosse to target another vehicle?
In any event, how would you change, modify, re-position, or otherwise tweak the Regal? Sound off in the comments below!