The Regal is one of the best-selling Buick models and since its official release back in 2009, the car managed to get quite a lot of people into it thanks to its good looks, efficient engines and low starting price. However, considering the car is already more than 6 years old, it is the right time for it to get a much needed update with the 2016 Buick Regal.
Reports that we are getting regarding new version suggest that this will be an improved version of the older generation. Early rumors suggest that the new model is going to share the same platform with previous version but most of the internal components are going to be upgraded. Changes are obviously needed and Buick is going in the right direction so it will be interesting to see what this new model will offer.
2016 Buick Regal Release Date
There will be a decent number of changes for the this car, the engines as well as the transmissions are going to be all-new and even though the car will share that sporty and comfortable feel of the current generation, it will be able to offer quite a bit more than that. It seems that the release of this car is likely going to happen during the next year and most likely at the 2016 New York Auto Show while the actual production model won’t hit the market before the summer of 2016 which is still quite far away. One thing which is not going to change drastically about the next generation Regal is going to be its price, so we do expect it to come on the market for under $28,000 which is still a great price considering the car is very comfortable, quite sporty and brings decent level of luxury.
Our biggest disappointment about it is that new version won’t move to a rear wheel drive chassis, so it will still be front wheel drive in the base form which is a bit of a shame for a luxury car with sport accents. The all-wheel drive system will improve the handling of the car but this will add at least 200 pounds of extra weight which is a lot considering the 2016 Buick Regal is quite light to start with.
In terms of engines, the new Regal is going to get all new powertrains. In fact, the new base engine is going to be shared with the Chinese version of the car. This new 1.6 liter turbocharged mill is going to offer at least 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque which should be more than enough considering the car won’t be that big. The naturally aspirated 2.4 liter on the other hand might be dropped and in its place we might see a new generation of hybrid engines which would use the same 1.6 liter engine coupled to an electric motor. This combination would be able to offer around 200 horsepower while using around 20 to 40% less fuel than the base engine depending on drive conditions.
The top of the range engine of this new Regal on the other hand is likely going to be a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine with as much as 280 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque which is a nice bump over 259 hp that currently available version offers. All of these are going to use a new 9 speed automatic which will not only be smoother but also faster than the current 6 speed unit.
On the interior, Buick is likely going to work as hard as possible in order to make their Regal as comfortable and as good looking as possible. In terms of equipment and comfort the car will be on par, if not better, with most other compact executive sedans while the design will be similar to the current generation of Buick cars. All those features like dual zone climate control, high quality ten speaker audio system, leather upholstery, heated power adjustable seats, Bluetooth connectivity and much more will be offered. There are high expectations from this new model and we think that it will be quite competitive on the mid-size market.
The outside of the 2016 Buick Regal will also change but to what extent we don’t know for now because GM didn’t release a single picture of their new generation model. We do expect it to retain some of the design language of the older model coupled with a lot of new features such as LED headlights and tail lights, bigger light alloy wheels as well as a more aggressive general look with a more angular approach to its design.