Preview: 2011 Buick Regal Page 2

November 11, 2009

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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