Motoring reported Wednesday and published spy photos of the car, which will continue to serve as Australia’s Holden Commodore and Europe’s Opel Insignia. Per the photos, the updates will bring in a tweaked front fascia with new headlights and taillights for the Buick Regal. No camouflage was present at the rear on one of the prototypes, but the taillights look darker than the current car’s.
Aside from the minor styling changes, we could also see changes to the interior, infotainment system and changes to equipment packages offered.
Both the Regal Sportback and Regal TourX body styles were spied testing on the old continent, and according to the report, the updated cars should make their way to showrooms in 2020 as 2021 models.
GM developed the new Regal alongside the Insignia and Commodore platforms, which all use the automaker’s E2XX platform. The mid-size car moved to ditch a standard trunk and incorporate a liftback design in an attempt to capture crossover buyers. The current-generation Regal also marks the first time Buick offers a wagon variant since the 1990s.
Each of the cars have a complex upbringing. The Buick Regal and Holden Commodore are both sedans built under GM, by a former German subsidiary (Opel) which French automaker PSA Group now owns. GM reportedly will have PSA build the current Buick Regal until 2023, but it’s unclear what will become of the nameplate in the U.S. after the date. The market continues to favor utility vehicles over sedans.
Holden has said it’s confident it will bring a new Commodore to market after the current generation runs its course, which would indicate the U.S. will see another Regal to reduce development costs.
Spy shots: Motoring