A Closer Look-2011 Buick Regal
By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
Arriving in showrooms later this year is the
Manufactured in Germany (and in Canada, as of next year), the all-newBuick Regal has a much sportier demeanor than any Regal before it.While it retains the popular front-engine, front-wheel-drive powertrainarrangement, the new model features a wide track and aggressivestance-both characteristics that improve handling.
The 2011 Buick Regal will initially be available only in one trimlevel: the upgraded "CXL" model. However, it will be offered with achoice between two engines. The standard powerplant is adirect-injected 2.4-liter 4-cylinder rated at 182 horsepower and 172lb.-ft. of torque. Designed to run on regular unleaded fuel, the engineis mated to a standard 6-speed "Hydra-Matic 6T45" automatictransmission with an electronically controlled overdrive and EPAfuel-economy ratings of 20 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
The second is a high-performance "GS" model fitted with an upgraded255-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Putting thepower to the ground with just the front wheels often proves difficultwith this much horsepower, so Buick will fit the upcoming Regal GS withall-wheel drive (a Haldex-based torque vectoring system shared with theSaab Turbo-X). In addition to more power and all-wheel drive, the RegalGS will feature larger wheels and tires, a sport-tuned suspension, newseats, and cosmetic upgrades to differentiate it from standard models.It will also be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission.
When it arrives in the second quarter of 2010, the Buick Regal will becompeting in an increasingly crowded segment that includes the
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