Almost a year after being leaked in the local media, and after the debut of the GS variant in the Asian country last April, the refreshed standard version of the 2021 Buick Regal has been launched in China. General Motors has just revealed all the details and official images of the updated Buick midsize sedan for the Chinese market – the only one where it is marketed today – with starting sales immediately.
Notably, none of the refreshed 2021 Buick Regal variants will make it to the North American market – where GM discontinued the nameplate as the Tri-Shield brand is moving toward a crossover-only lineup. Unlike in the United States, the Buick Regal pursues its career in China because it is manufactured locally and demand for sedans remains significant in that particular market.
As such, the updated 2021 Buick Regal goes on sale in the Chinese market with four versions and two trim levels – Elite and Luxury. The main changes are concentrated on its new, more dynamic and fluid front-end design as well as an updated powertrain configuration and state-of-the-art technological equipment.
The refreshed Buick Regal maintains two powertrain options. The base engine is the same turbocharged 1.5L LFV I-4 rated at 166 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.0L LSY I-4 engine that makes 233 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque serves as the range-topping option. Both are mated to GM’s 9-speed automatic transmission with Electronic Precision Shift technology.
For its part, the interior design of the refreshed 2021 Buick Regal boasts a new multifunction steering wheel, a reshaped center console with the same button gear selection mechanism found in the Chinese-market Enclave and the all-new Envision, as well as new color combinations. In addition, Buick’s latest infotainment system now supports wireless mobile projection, while an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is also included.
The refreshed 2021 Buick Regal is now on sale in China in that country’s exclusive notchback sedan configuration only. The standard version of the Regal offers a lot of standard features to strengthen Buick’s wide range of sedans in the Asian country, which covers all the main segments with the Excelle (B+), Excelle GT (C), Verano (C+), Regal (D) and LaCrosse (E). The suggested prices of the four versions are:
- 2021 Regal Elite 1.5T: 188,800 CNY (about $27,625 USD at the current exchange rate)
- 2021 Regal Luxury 1.5T: 196,800 CNY ($28,795 USD)
- 2021 Regal Elite 2.0T: 206,800 CNY ($30,260 USD)
- 2021 Regal Luxury 2.0T: 216,800 CNY ($31,720 USD)