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2011 Buick Regal

Four-wheel anti-lock brakes with an electronic parking brake will be standard, along with dual front, side and curtain airbags. Rear side airbags will be an option. Stability and traction control also will be standard, along with OnStar.

For equipment, the 2011 Buick Regal will have standard 18-inch wheels, climate control, power windows/locks/mirrors, and an AM/FM/CD/XM/MP3 audio system, along with leather seats, heated power front seats, and Bluetooth. Options will include a navigation system, a Harmon Kardon premium sound system, and a 10GB music storage system with a USB port and a 1GB flash drive.

2011 Buick Regal: A smaller, hipper Buick?

In adding the Regal to the Buick lineup, GM appears to be positioning Buick as a slightly hipper, trendier luxury line -- sort of a beginner's Cadillac. The folks at Buick have often pitched their goal as being the American version of Lexus, too, so we're eager to see how upscale GM can take this package: had the global economy not fallen in the tank last year, this model would've likely appeared as a replacement for the Saturn Aura. As it is though, fans of the Buick Regal -- which remains one of Buick's most recognizable names -- are in for a bit of luck.

The Regal won't be the smallest Buick for long. In the next 18 months, GM also will bring to Buick a version of the new Chevrolet Cruze sedan, with more compelling Buick styling cues. Four-cylinder engines will be the stock and trade of the new small Buick, but since it will share some bits and pieces with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, there's no end to the speculation about a hybrid version in the distant future.

GM's sent out new videos and photos for the Regal before it makes a real-world debut next month. See all the latest pics at our 2011 Buick Regal page, and stay with High Gear Media as we report from the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.


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  1. Any word whether we'll be getting the wagon version? I think, even if in limited numbers, that would be the smartest thing GM could do with this car. I'm so excited that we're getting it, (and it's a buick, and i'm 23). I drove the Insignia wagon (in Europe with 115hp through the Swiss Alps) and despite the lack of power, I loved this car. The fit and finish is just excellent. Please bring the wagon over GM!
     
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  2. Hate to say it, but this one is MUCH sexier than the slightly block-like LaCrossse.
     
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  3. thanks for the update. sounds interesting. i thing an "american version of Lexus" may be a bit aspirational. however, i am hoping the quality and styling are strong as, a bit repetitive here, very much hoping for GM to come back!!
     
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  4. I see interior design for Acura and Buick converging. For the sake of brand identity and saving ourselves from blandness and utter boredom, can this be a good thing?
     
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  5. Word is that the Regal is smaller than, and has a shorter wheelbase than, the LaCrosse and Malibu, with which it shares its chassis. It is almost the same size as the Chevrolet Cobalt and the Cobalt's upcoming replacement, the Chevrolet Cruze.
    Word is that the Regal has a very cramped rear seat. Sounds disappointing.
     
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  6. This is definitely not your grandpas buick!
     
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  7. I hate to say it, but Buick will never become "America's Lexus" by selling a $21K car. If GM wants an American division to have a car on the Epsilon II platform, give it to Chevrolet. This decision makes no sense, given the focused four-brand strategy that GM just presented. Buick has no business selling a $21K car, given the demographics they target and the Lexus-like image they supposedly want to represent.
     
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  8. I've said for years that I'd never buy a Buick because if I did I'd finally turn into my father. But, this is one attractive car, and I think I could get over the Buick thing real fast.
     
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  9. It's the new Saab 9-5.
     
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  10. I saw this at the st. louis auto show yesterday. I am very impressed with the restrained but yet striking appearance. It's much better looking than any of its contemporary Buick brothers.
     
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  11. Just a quick question to you loyal GM owners.
    Are GM's 4 cylinder engines much improved from those in the past? I know people who bought Cavaliers and Grand Ams with Quad 4. They were rolling disasters. Too bad because I liked the designs and overall layout of the cars. Because of the problems they experienced I was totally put off buying a GM car with a small engine.
     
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