Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

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    Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal
    MotorTrend
    January 25, 2013
    by Alex Nishimoto

    The Buick Enclave, the model that started the tri-shield brand’s renaissance, was recently updated for 2013. Next on the list may be the Regal, which will get a face-lift similar to the refreshed Euro-market Opel Insignia seen in these spy shots.

    Based on the completeness of this test mule, development of the next-gen Opel Insignia is likely in its final stages. The headlights appear to be production-ready, with strips of chrome and LEDs lining the insides of the housings. In back, a camouflaged horizontal chrome strip bridges the gap between the taillights, and even appears to overlap them – similar to the Opel Cascada convertible released in Europe last year.

    Other updates you can expect with the refreshed Buick Regal include an improved interior, a larger screen (with Buick’s Intellilink infotainment system), and new engine options for Europe. When the Opel Insignia is revealed this March at the Geneva Motor Show, we should get a better idea of the refreshed Buick Regal’s final design.

    Full article and images available at link.

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    Definitely more in line with Buick's evolving exterior design cues, specifically, the headlights and tail lights. The model shown appears to be a base model Insignia... with projector beam headlights! I hope this means that all 2014 Regals will come standard with this headlight design. It is more fitting of a car like the Regal. Not to mention, the standard halogens available on some trim levels of the Regal are not very bright.

    I find it interesting that Opel and Vauxhall still appear to be using the black plastic antenna on the Insignia as opposed to the Regal's painted antenna. This has been a complaint by some on Insignia forums.
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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    The Regal needs more than different front and rear fascia and lights. A V6 would help a ton, as well as a the new 1.6T and 2.0T or larger. The centerstack needs less flat black plastic. Add a larger color DIC as well as some proper advertising and watch sales rise. E-Assist is already being phased out. Good move since they claim it to be the athlete of the Buick line up.

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    I wonder if there is ANY weight loss in the MCE or a chance of TURBO ONLY engine line up?

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    This car needs a new, distinct roofline that would also enlarge the rear seat room. It's pleasant looking now, but it just looks too anonymous. Too bad that's expensive to change.

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    Regal will change the next time around to be something very different.
    Headlights look good, but I hope they do something with the grill. They need to take on the Mondeo head on with some major style revisions.
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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    Quote Originally Posted by BigAls87Z28 View Post
    Regal will change the next time around to be something very different.
    Headlights look good, but I hope they do something with the grill. They need to take on the Mondeo head on with some major style revisions.
    Amen, brother.

    I would take a more sedate Malibu for a totally balls-out gorgeous Regal, if that's what you're saying.

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    Why don't I see the "hockey stick" in the profile? Is it just the white not making it pop?

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    Looks a little Acura-ish up front (without the hideous Acura grill of course).

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    Needs a total re-do. Too doughy looking.

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    Quote Originally Posted by BigAls87Z28 View Post
    Regal will change the next time around to be something very different.
    Headlights look good, but I hope they do something with the grill. They need to take on the Mondeo head on with some major style revisions.
    Very different in a good, sporty, Audi-esque way? Or very different in a bad, boaty, Lacrosse/Verano way?

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    What the Regal would look like after a refresh is meaningless. The Regal is not a commerical success, if you look at the sales numbers for the car it has not hit 2K units in any of the last four months and in two of those months it was marginally above 1K. Sadly the market has spoken and an MCE is not going to change the sales outlook. When a preimum 4 door sedan with a 32K ATP has sales numbers that are 3K units less than a two door sports coupe, the Camaro, it is a marketplace failure no matter how "good" the car is. Buick would be far better served by canceling the Regal and competing for midsize car buyers with a stretched version of the Verano. A 4 or 5 inch stretch aft of the B pillar would provide a spacious rear seat and still be shorter that the competition. Given that "L" versions are considered preimum for European cars it build on the Verano's "Preimum small car" marketing. Buick could treat the Verano as 3 model line, the Base model, the "L" model, and the Super (2.0 turbo) model. Dump the 2.4 engine for the 2.5 and add a turbo @215/220 hp as an option and the Verano does everything the Regal provides for them now. The advantages for Buick is both in sales numbers and reduced cost. Buick has to little product on the automotive side and spending money on a product that does not sell just makes it harder for Buick compete

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    Meh.......The only Regal "refresh" I'm interested in is a move to the Alpha platform.

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    The hockey stick accent line on the front door is still there,it's just real faint because of the color. It is the one feature I wish they would do away with.

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    Re: Spied! Euro-Market Opel Insignia Hints at Refreshed Buick Regal

    I also find it hard for the sales numbers to be any higher when GM and Buick don't spend some money advertising the vehicle to the public. One of the Buick forums I read speaks of Regal owners getting asked all the time about the car, but the public in general doesn't know it exists because of lack of advertising!

    Regardless, I still want the Regal over the Verano though. As for my wish list for improvements to the Regal, I still would like to see AWD become available and more of the features offered from the Insignia.
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