Preview: 2014 Buick Regal – Wheels.ca

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Buick Regal

Preview: 2014 Buick

Posted on October 10th,

CINCINNATI, OHIO—With Oldsmobile gone and Cadillac no longer floaty land-yachts, Buick was in line to inherit the “old car” reputation.

Well, the Regal is a good example of how is fighting hard to stave off stigma.

Manufactured in Oshawa 2011, the fifth-generation Regal is on the German Opel Insignia It receives a mid-cycle update for with subtle exterior that include a restyled with a seamless bumper, a grille and new headlights, and a new rear and taillights for both the Regal and GS.

But the real changes are beneath the where you’ll find a version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged

The new engine produces 259 horsepower and 295 of torque and is the standard engine in all Regals, unless you opt for the eAssist which gets the same naturally aspirated four as the eAssist.

The new engine produces 39 more than the current but that actually equates to an deficit in the GS model, which had engine tuning in 2013. The GS has unique engine tuning, and its peak torque 500 revs at 2,500 r.p.m.

However, even bigger powertrain for 2014, news that help aim the Regal’s crosshairs at its midsized competitors from

A Haldex all-wheel-drive system, an optional electronic limited-slip differential, is now available on all Regals the eAssist.

The base front-drive starts at $33,095; opting for driven wheels bumps to $35,375. The GS AWD model tops out at Considering the car’s European that’s quite affordable to midsize sedans from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

A six-speed automatic is and a manual is available on the front-drive GS as a option.

Unfortunately, that if you want all-wheel-drive, you’ll to settle for an automatic. And, to add to injury, paddle shifters are not on any trim level. You can shift the transmission manually by sliding the shifter to the left and pushing up or

Buick’s product planners say too few Americans opt for manual-shift Regals to another variation to the line-up. doesn’t explain the lack of shifters, though, especially the main reason Buick AWD is for its association with performance-oriented

Buick claims a slight in fuel consumption for the turbocharged the lowest coming from the manual model at 8.4 L/100 km

That’s only one-tenth of a better than the current model, but don’t forget an 18-per-cent increase in power. The eAssist, which is a no-cost when selecting the Premium 1 level, is the fuel-economy leader, at 7.0 km combined.

There’s a new interior, too, and suggests there are 10 fewer for the sound system (now seven), although for the life of me I see how they got that number.

there are fewer buttons on the stack, as well as a larger, touchscreen. There are two instrument one using a 4.2-inch colour between round gauges, and a display that uses a 8-inch screen and half-moon

Heated leather seats are across the trim levels, as is AC, keyless entry, a backup and the latest-generation Intellilink connectivity.

I both the standard Regal and the GS, and the really exemplified just how Buick has come to Euro-car and performance.

Pushing the dash-mounted GS mode (there’s also Sport and modes) firms up suspension and response, sharpens throttle and alters transmission shift In the AWD version, it also redistributes between the front and rear for spirited driving.

Steering is and there’s barely any body through turns. Four-wheel suspension compliance is easily on par non-AMG, M- or S-class German The only caveat is the lack of shifters, which would enhance the sporty driving

Brembo front calipers help slow the GS down speed with vigour, very communicative brake feel.

The standard Regal, which has no modes, holds its own with yet still well-controlled, suspension and steering effort.

Granted the American name plate do little to woo … European car but beneath its skin lies a sedan, and there’s little that it is a stellar performer.

for the freelance writer was provided by the Email: wheels@thestar.ca.

Price: to $42,925

Engine: 2.0 L turbocharged I4; 2.4 L

Power/torque: 259 hp/295 lb.-ft.

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