Opel, Vauxhall and Holden took to the internet two days ago to reveal the 2018 Insignia Grand Sport and 2018 Commodore. The debut is an important one, as it gives Australians a fully-imported Commodore replacement following the end of local manufacturing, and Opel and Vauxhall aim to lead the shrinking sedan segment in Europe.
But, it’s an important one for us in North America, too, because the 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport will indeed be our 2018 Buick Regal. So, we handed it off to our digital artist, RM Design, and asked to Buick-ify the Opel Insignia Grand Sport. This is what we came back with.
The design will largely be a carbon copy of Opel with no major changes planned for Buick, save for the eradication of the five-door liftback. Instead, Buick is planning a traditional trunk for North America. The front end sees nearly all of the changes with a darkened, waterfall grille and the new colorized emblem.
The only piece we really played around with was the winged portion of the grille. Buick could absolutely take the Opel’s winged element, or stick with what we’ve done here, which is a subtle, dark chrome piece.
Overall, we think the design translates very well for a 2018 Buick Regal, with its handsome, low-slung stance and sleek lines. We’ll likely see a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for base models with an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. A 3.6-liter V6 is also very much at play.
So, readers, this is more than likely it. How does Buick’s new midsize sedan look? Talk to us down below. And if you’re looking for even more information on the 2018 Regal, check out our guide to everything we know.