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Old 03-26-2013, 01:47 PM   #1
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The unveiling of the 2014 LaCrosse on Monday was followed today by the release of the first pictures and details of Buick's second world premiere for the New York International Auto Show, the 2014 Regal in both regular and GS trims.
Perhaps the most interesting and at the same time, somewhat disappointing news for the Opel / Vauxhal Insignia's American counterpart, is the replacement of the outgoing Regal GS' 2.0-liter turbocharged unit that produces 270hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400Nm), with a new 2.0-liter force fed four-cylinder rated at 259hp and 295 lb-ft (400Nm).

On the bright side, the same 259hp engine is shared with the Regal Turbo, which in the 2013 model delivered 220hp. The 2.4L engine with eAssist light electrification technology that makes 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque continues for the 2014 model.

As before, six-speed automatic transmissions are matched with all engines, while the GS is offered with a six-speed manual as well. Electric power steering is now featured on all models. A new Haldex all-wheel-drive system that incorporates electronic limited-slip differential to help optimize traction in all driving conditions is optionally available on the Turbo and GS models with automatic transmission.

Buick's designers made some mild styling tweaks to the exterior of the sedan, including a revised grille, new headlights with LED daytime running lamps, restyled front and rear bumpers, and a new set of LED tail lamps together with a full-width chrome strip at the back.

Key interior changes concern the refreshed instrument panel and the redesigned center console with fewer buttons and a customizable 8-inch screen for the latest version of Buick's infotainment system.

For 2014, the Regal also introduces new radar- and camera-based safety features – including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Collision Mitigation Braking.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:18 PM   #2
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I have always liked this car. I would love to drive it just to get a new calibration on how good the current crop of GM cars actually are.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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I wish they'd offer a Grand National model with no chrome outside, only in black, black/chrome wheels, and a two tone black leather with grey suade inserts.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:41 PM   #4
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The grille and rear/taillights look like ass, but it's not a bad looking car otherwise.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:06 PM   #5
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I just wish car manufacturers would go back to 17"ish wheels/tires. 19"/20" tires are expensive and snows? HA!

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Old 03-26-2013, 03:10 PM   #6
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The big take-away here is AWD. The omission of it from the original GS disappointed a lot of people, myself included. Now I wish I was in the market again...
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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So the RS is basically a trim/option package now for the turbo with select-able dampening?
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:42 PM   #8
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Finally the AWD is available but only with the AT. MT is only available with FWD. Why? The Opel/Vauxhall Insignia has an available 6MT with AWD. Getting closer Buick.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:50 PM   #9
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Finally the AWD is available but only with the AT. MT is only available with FWD. Why? The Opel/Vauxhall Insignia has an available 6MT with AWD. Getting closer Buick.
Yeah, having to give up on a manual tranny just to get AWD is an issue IMO.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:08 PM   #10
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:49 PM   #11
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Who left the door open and let Scrappy in?....


I hear you. The R is nice, but there is something about the Buick styling I like, yet I don't think I'll ever own a sedan again. Now if they bring the Regal wagon over.....
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It's very tempting although I'm going to have a hard time justifying the purchase of any new/used car at this time . I may be able to "splurge" on a "new" used motorcycle though .

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Who left the door open and let Scrappy in?....


I hear you. The R is nice, but there is something about the Buick styling I like, yet I don't think I'll ever own a sedan again. Now if they bring the Regal wagon over.....
I have never owned a sedan so far. But, I'm strangely attracted to the Regal and Caddy ATS . The Insignia estate is not bad indeed although I have reservations on the taillight arrangement.
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The regal is a nice looking car, so is the LaCrosse to be honest. I think the Buick cars are doing very well lately.
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Who left the door open and let Scrappy in?....


I hear you. The R is nice, but there is something about the Buick styling I like, yet I don't think I'll ever own a sedan again. Now if they bring the Regal wagon over.....
Yeah no more sedans for me ever. Oh well.
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The regal is a nice looking car, so is the LaCrosse to be honest. I think the Buick cars are doing very well lately.
I'm still not ready to own a GM product. Not after the 90s...
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I'm still not ready to own a GM product. Not after the 90s...
Or the 80s... or
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I wish the thing could have lost some weight and will hate to see what the AWD systems adds to the car...However, IMO the AWD system should be standard on the GS and this is how it should have come to the market in the first place...I'll have to keep an eye on how these perform...I honestly may end up owning one...I want another Buick and miss my 1998 Regal GS. It was a great vehicle and I am sure this vehicle will be fun...it may not be an Insignia OPC...but its close enough for me.
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The whole down-rating power due to AWD is a fairly common thing. For instance, my father's LS has the same 4.6L V8 as the RWD model, but is rated ~20-30hp lower. Drivetrain losses? Detuning for sake of not busting parts? Not sure...but not uncommon at all.
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Getting closer with the addition of AWD. Now just have to offer a manual AWD and BOOM good car from GM.

Dropping 11hp.
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I wish they'd offer a Grand National model with no chrome outside, only in black, black/chrome wheels, and a two tone black leather with grey suade inserts.
Well, it's still down 60ft-lbs of torque from the 26 year old car. So making a GN package just for the colors is well, *derogatory statement*.

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I want another Buick and miss my 1998 Regal GS. It was a great vehicle and I am sure this vehicle will be fun...it may not be an Insignia OPC...but its close enough for me.
Nothing based on the W-body was fun; except useless wheelspin, bodyroll, and horrible exhaust drone.
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The GN will most likely be a separate RWD model based on the ATS.
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I totally dig this car, & the fact that it still can be had with a manual makes me >


Good deal ....now make it awd+manual !
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So in addition to the awful rear seat room, it's now down in power too?

I thought the GS felt slow enough with 270.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:59 AM   #24
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They put the Vauxhall VXR front end on it but added the vertical bars in the grille to keep it a Buick, which totally ruins it.


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Old 03-27-2013, 01:58 PM   #25
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So in addition to the awful rear seat room, it's now down in power too?

I thought the GS felt slow enough with 270.
The Audi A4 has been doing fine with only 211HP for the past 3~5 years. Most Audi drivers feels like it's good enough.
The key here is that the 2.0T in the Audi reaches peak torque (258 ft.lbs) very early at 1500 RPM.
The direct result is the driver *feels* like he/she has plenty of power on tap. That's all it takes to satisfy most people.
Similarly, most people won't notice that 11 ponies are missing from the top end of the RPM range.
They'll only notice the bottom end and my guess is that the new engine in the 2014 Regal GS is reaching peak torque even earlier that the engine it replaces (for reference, the current 2013 GS brings 295 ft.lbs at 2500 RPM).

EDIT: I beleive the 2014 Regal GS will be using the engine from the 2013 Malibu turbo.
Article from C&D over here: http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/...t-drive-review
Seems like peak torque of 260 ft.lbs is reached at 1700RPM and maintained all the way to 5200 RPM.

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