• May 28th 2010 at 1:31PM
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A fresh batch of rumors kicking around the web are claiming that General Motors is seriously mulling bringing hatchback and wagon versions of the all-new Buick Regal to the States. In the brand's ongoing quest to shed its status as a synonym for all things elderly, the Tri-Crest has raided the Opel parts bin, slipped a waterfall grille on the nose of the Insignia and called it a day. We were simply glad to hear that the car would be available with a turbo mill and a third pedal, but according to Car and Driver, things are about to get even more interesting.

It turns out the Insignia is available as a hatchback and a wagon in more civilized portions of the world. Jim Federico, the man who led the Regal to the fountain of youth, told C/D that the U.S. will be getting at least one of the other body styles within a few short years, and that there's a good chance that both of them will show up on dealer lots at some point in the near future. Chances are that's not exactly ground-breaking news by anyone's standards, but it gets better. Federico has said that since American wagon buyers are suddenly smitten with the likes of the Jetta TDI Sportwagen, the Regal long-roof will boast an oil-burning powerplant.

Needless to say, our eyes are dish-plate sized at the news. Could Buick possibly offer an all-wheel drive diesel wagon with a six-speed manual transmission? We want to believe, but our skeptical side is in full go-mode on this one.

  • The new 2011 Buick Regal four-cylinder sport sedan with an estimated 30 miles-per-gallon, will debut at an evening event in the Los Angeles area Thursday, November 12, 2009. The Regal's interior builds on the attention to detail found in the Buick Enclave and Buick LaCrosse. The Regal will go on sale in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2010.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Make a 5 door Regal and I will surely buy it
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wait! Make it equal/better than the OPC/VXR from abroad. Then I'll buy it. Ok I'm done.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Buick wagon could be great if the prices were in line with VW. There are also current Subaru wagon owners who'd rather have another proper wagon than go to the new CUV version of the Outback, and would be happy to swap a US made care with a car from a US manufacturer.

      I could even forgive GM for giving us a wagon with turbo and awd and charging more. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it! How bout a Buick Regal GS Shooting Break? Existing wheelbase and body of the wagon minus back doors and longer fronts?
      • 5 Years Ago
      diesel, sounds great! diesel+stick=even better
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about a Coupe?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Suddenly? Vws had zero issues selling all the tdis they've brought over the last decade, they're just unfettered now.

      And awesome, about time someone took advantage of american diesel fondness

      awesome news, gms really pouring a lot of effort into Buick, about time! It'll be nice for them to compete pretty evenly with Lincoln and surpass them in many ways, hell surpass Audi
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can promise I would buy a GS Wagon were it here. Do eeeet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A wagon diesel would be great, but so would a twin-turbo GNX coupe.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll take my turbo AWD wagon please!
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 to the turbo, AWD wagon.

        Heck, I'd buy a diesel, AWD, wagon. Just give it 200hp, 300 ft/lbs and call it the Buick GSD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        CBHorn, not so fast, that combo is unavailable (Insignia has 4x4 with over 200hp gasoline engines).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its a long way from my teenage '77 Regal thats for sure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not as far as you think. In the 70's and early 80's you could get a sporty Buick with a Manual. It wasn't until the 90's that they became Grandpa's car.

        I don't understand why we don't see more wagons and hatches. With Flexible manufacturing it is far less complex and costly to build different versions of the same model.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Buick Skyhawk, Apollo, Somerset, and Skylark all came with 3 pedals in the '70s and '80s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love a diesel Regal!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good for the markets where Buick is. It will taste the very best, reliable and pretty good models from Opel such global Chevrolet were a few years ago before sucks like Chevy USA with boring and cheap look cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I seriously considered buying a CTS wagon, but good look trying to find a base model with RWD. The dealers buy AWD versions, listing from the mid 40s well into the 50s.

      If Buick can bring out a Regal wagon and keep the price, with all of the goodies, south of $38K, I think they have a winner.

      I know men who want more cargo space than the typical sport sedan trunk. But, mini-vans scream mommymobile. SUVs gulp a lot of gas. CUVs often don't have the performance of cars.

      Therein lies the beauty of the station wagon. It can haul a lot of stuff, but it can have terrific acceleration and handling, far superior to SUVs and CUVs.

      I think this is a great idea.
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