Leaked images: China-bound 2018 Buick Regal is an Opel Insignia Grand Sport

Article by Christian A., on February 16, 2017

General Motors is getting ready to unveil its new Buick Regal sedan at the Shanghai Auto Show 2017 in April. But before GM had the chance to do so, leaked images of the new sedan have surfaced.

Actually, we already have a good idea of how would the China-bound 2018 Buick Regal would look like as early as December 2016. At the time, General Motors introduced the Opel Insignia Grand Sport, which will have its official debut this March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. This new large family car marks the second generation of the Insignia after nearly a decade. The Insignia Grand Sport features a new design made distinct by elegant lines as well as best-in-class aerodynamics. It is also underpinned by a new platform and loaded with new systems and technologies. Of course, it was openly known that the second-gen Insignia would be the basis for the new Holden Commodore and the new Buick Regal, and would be homologated for the requirements in the countries where they would be marketed. This means we could expect some differences in the exterior, interior and the mechanicals of these models.

As the leaked images reveal, it seems that the China-bound 2018 Buick Regal looks very similar to the Opel Insignia Grand Sport. The most glaring difference is found on the front end – the China-bound Buick Regal features the brand’s waterfall grille and the large winged Buick logo on the center. Of course, the badges are different on the 2018 Buick Regal.

The China-bound 2018 Buick Regal will have three powerplant choices. Among the available engines is a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that generates 163 hp of output as well as a 2.0-liter turbo unit that develops 254 hp of output. A hybrid version of the 2018 Buick Regal will also be available, as headlined by 123-hp 1.8-liter engine and a small electric motor.

As for the 2018 Buick Regal intended for sales in North America (United States and Canada), the overall styling should be similar to the China-bound model. There might be a number of differences in terms of exterior and interior styling, as well as the technologies, equipment and features. The engine choices might also be different, along with the rated power levels.

Overall, the appearance of the 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport/ 2018 Holden Commodore/ 2018 Buick Regal is defined as more elegant and more sophisticated. On the exterior, the grille (different on each version) is flanked by slim-line headlights employing IntelliLux LED matrix lighting technology. The rear end comes with a double LED wing signature with the wide rear lamps and the third brake light using LED units.

Derived from the 2013 Monza Concept, the Insignia Grand Sport/ Commodore/ Regal is just as long as the first-gen Insignia. Thanks to a 92-mm (3.6-inch) longer wheelbase, the Insignia Grand Sport offers more legroom for the rear passengers.

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