• Apr 20, 2009
2010 Buick Regal 2.0T - Click above for high-res gallery

Admittedly, Pink Floyd and Buick traditionally go together like asparagus and ice cream, but that hasn't stopped our inner-monologues from playing "Wish You Were Here" after seeing Buick's new Regal 2.0T.

According to our compatriots over at Autoblog Simplified Chinese, the Opel Insignia-based model features the company's 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged engine, tuned to give 162 kW of power (217 horsepower) and 350 Nm of torque (258 pound-feet). That's sufficient gusto to get the General Motors sedan to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds and on to a healthy top whack of 232 kmh (144 mph).

Fuel economy? Well, that's a good question. Our counterparts in China cryptically point to a figure of 7.2-liters per 90 km (the standard metric is per 100 km), so we'll have to get back to you on that.

The new Regal 2.0T is expected to join Buick's Chinese lineup in the second half of 2009.



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[Source: Autoblog Simplified Chinese]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as I can tell, this is just a release of a new engine as I have already seen Chinese-market Buick Regals roaming the streets of Shanghai. One was parked in my office's outdoor parking lot yesterday.

      I've always been a fan of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia (at least from what I read in Car), but I agree with the previous poster about the Chinese-market Regal and LaCrosse: the two are aimed at different markets here. Most Americans would be shocked to see the number of Buicks on the streets here, most of which are the GL8 minivan (equivalent to the last-generation GM minivans in the US) or the Chinese-market LaCrosse (which, amusingly, looks far better than the North American version). These are usually driven by paid drivers, not by their owners/primary users. The new Chinese-market Regal, due to its smaller interior size, is more suited for driving rather than being driven.

      For what it's worth, I'm a car nut and I'm not even sure I'd want to drive in Shanghai. I think it would be fun - I like the fend-for-yourself attitude - but the chances of being able to keep your car clean and ding-free is pretty low.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lets see if I can do maths...7.2 litres per 90 km (/90*100)= 8 litres per 100km, and that, according to onlineconversion.com is equal to roughly 29.4 miles per gallong (US). Not bad, but not extraordinary either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Perry,

      If you don't understand, than you don't understand. What more else is there to say?

      Sal Collaziano
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice looking car, inside and out. Would be a nice car to drive... if I lived in China : (
      • 5 Years Ago
      why is this car not for sale here?


      GM we gave you billions, now give us the same care your giving the chinese
        • 5 Years Ago
        The car is coming here in about a year or two. three the latest.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because in china, quality is not that important anymore. C-NCAP will help you for all.

        • 5 Years Ago
        a year or two?

        It's the 2010 LaCrosse. It will be here by the Fall.

        We won't be seeing the 2.0T version, but the 3.0L DI V6 will still deliver good fuel economy.

        Plus, when the other versions of this car come out(Next-gen Malibu etc.) we will be sure to see other 4cyl options, though still possibly not the 2.0T.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Because in china, quality is not that important anymore"

        yes, does the whole world know we american build inner wall of a home with some kind of dry wall a three year old can punch a hole on the wall, that our homes are so solid built can't be tore to pieces after a wind? we american more care about quality either a car or a home than size? LOL.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, your hot-linked photo doesn't show up so I'm unsure what you are getting at.

        However, the Chinese Regal is absolutely a similar car to the 2010 LaCrosse. They(like the Opel Insignia) are built on the Epsilon II platform which will also be used on the next-gen Malibu. They are as similar as the Malibu, G6, and Aura(amongst others) which were all built on the previous Epsilon platform.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_Epsilon_platform#Epsilon_II

        http://www.autoblog.com/2008/12/29/pics-aplenty-chinese-spec-buick-regal-looks-darn-good/


        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Victor:

        Precisely. Thanks for clarifying the concept of styling and proportions for folks like montoym.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's 7.2 liters per 100 km @ 90km/h constant speed. This is the way in which the official gas milage is measured in China
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which in China, never happens...

        BTW, Shanghai but not shaghai.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...and pretty much everywhere else outside the US. The UK converts the speed to mpg, and the fuel economy to mpg -- and that's the big gallons, not "fun size" US gallons.

        For our US readers, 7.2 l/100km is 32.986111111111111111 mpg. And remember, that's at 56.25 mph.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It obviously is. Who wrote this article :s

        Europe has the same measurements:
        consumption at 90 kph/100km
      • 5 Years Ago
      That comes out to 25.7 miles per gallon... nice job there for a 217 hp engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather them just take the Insignia/Regal, slap the Malibu's grille on it, and have that be the new Malibu. Insignia OPC-Insignia VXR-Malibu SS anyone?

      *sigh*
      • 5 Years Ago
      jamie,

      I'd love to go to Shaghai with you.

      TNT
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yup. I can see me driving one of those. It's got style. It's got comfort. It's got power. It's got MPG.

      GM should drop all of its current programs and focus on the Cruze and Insignia derivatives for worldwide distribution. These are sure-fire winners!
      • 5 Years Ago
      My aunt is in Beijing for 2 weeks and she uploaded some pictures of downtown and...Buicks EVERYWHERE. I somestimes wonder if Buick isin't more important going forward to GM than even Chevy is lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the car but a Buick Regal doing 0-60 in 7.7 seems like kind of a step way back into the past. I understand that today's gas prices and CAFE regulations play a part in all this - but I do hope if this Regal somehow comes to America, there will be a 3.6 DI engine available as an option. That would be good for 0-60 in the high 5 second range or low 6 second range - where it belongs...

      Sal Collaziano
      http://www.buickforums.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perry:
        Because it's fun. No other reason needed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can never understand why 1000 horsepower and gigantic V12s mean so much to so many people when you can only go up to 75miles on the highway?

        I mean, is it so important that you can outrun the guy next to you to the traffic light up ahead? Wow...5.1 sec to 100klm/hr...give the man a medal. He got to the light 2 seconds ahead of me!!!

        My 200hp 4-cyl A4 is perfectly balanced and powered for 99.9% of my needs!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Montoym, the Buick Regal IS NOT the US Buick Lacrosse. It is not accurate to say one car "IS" another car because they have the same basic platform. The interior, exterior, length, width, engines, etc are all different between these two cars that you say are the same car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        montoym,

        I know all about the engines available for the LaCrosse - but this is about the Regal. I wouldn't be surprised if there was no DI V6... That's all.. No need to get snippy.

        Sal C.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you, JV2K.
        Thank you, Renshcp.

        All's well that ends well...

        In any event, it's nice to see Buick getting some positive attention. I'm confident that we're about to see a very classy Buick (as a brand) that people can aspire to...

        Sal C.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good thing you'll get your wish then.

        The base LaCrosse will come with the 3.0L DI V6 and the 3.6L DI V6 will be an option.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2009/04/08/buick-announces-starting-price-of-27-835-for-2010-lacrosse/

        Doesn't look like we'll see a 4cyl. version until the next-gen Malibu is released.

        You know, for advertising a Buick forum with your post, you sure seem to know quite little about them.
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