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 |  May 28 2010, 11:32 AM

With the launch of the Buick Regal comes word that the U.S. may get more than just the sedan. According to a report by Car & Driver there’s a strong possibility that we could get either the hatch or wagon, or both.

Regal brand manager Jim Federico even admitted to C&D that Buick is currently testing “Touring” (wagon) models in the U.S. Federico commented that considering wagons are more popular in snowbelt states, a Regal wagon is likely to come with all-wheel drive. And considering the popularity that Volkswagen has see with its TDI diesel engines in the Jetta SportWagen, a diesel regal wagon with all-wheel drive would be a part of the mix – hypothetically of course. Such a car would, however, take until 2012 or 2013 to launch in North America.

In the mean time, Buick will offer the Regal with the 2.4-liter front-drive layout, 2.0-liter turbo front drive model and eventually the Regal GS with a 255-hp version of the 2.0-liter turbo and AWD. Six-speed manual versions of the cars will roll out eventually as well.

Even more exciting that the Regal GS is word that a Grand National may be in the works for Buick. Sure Buick could badge a Regal with the Grand National logo and run the 300-hp turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 – but we’d rather see the rumored twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 paired with the CTS Coupe chassis and badged as a bad-ass Buick.

Get more Buick Regal news at RegalForums.com

[Source: Car & Driver]

 |  Nov 16 2009, 12:02 PM

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Plans for a high-performance version of the newly-launched 2011 Buick Regal appear to be solidifying, with the horsepower output now rising to a lofty 335-hp! During the launch of the 2011 Regal last week, the folks at Car & Driver sat down with GM product boss Bob Lutz, who spoke about the possibility of a high performance “GS” version of the Regal, with all-wheel drive and 335-hp.

As the Regal is based on the German Opel Insignia, this hi-po Buick is easier to build than one might expect, as Opel already sells what it calls the Insignia OPC, with a 325-hp 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 – with all-wheel drive.

Lutz also commented that there’s a possibility the car could come with a six-speed manual transmission. He even said a wagon version was initially part of the product offering but that the recession and Chapter 11 filing by GM put the brakes on that.

C&D decided to weigh in on the matter, suggesting that Lutz combine the products to offer a WRX-like Regal GS Wagon, with a six-speed manual and AWD. We have to say, that sounds like a winner to us and would definitely change people’s perceptions of Buick – but would anyone buy the thing… other than us of course.

[Source: Car&Driver]