It's no secret that the Buick Regal is an Americanized version of the Opel Insignia, and Buick even uses this fact to try and persuade the public that the car is a European sport sedan rather than just a way to try and make some profit from the black-ink-challenged Opel unit. The Opel Insignia is headed for a mid-cycle facelift very soon, and camoflaged test cars have been snagged by spy photographers.

While the models in the photographs are a European-spec hatchback and a wagon, there's clearly a new grille in the works, and the headlights and tail lamps will be changed, plus some other minor nips/tucks. The Insignia will debut the changes first, and we'd expect the Regal to pick them up soon after.


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      AlphaGnome
      • 2 Years Ago
      Personally, I don't think the exterior is where this car needs updated. The exterior is beautifully understated. That said, three things are keeping this car from being pretty much perfect: 1. Interior could just a bit of an update. The gauge cluster is gorgeous, but the center stack is a dull cluster of buttons. Tone down the buttons with a redesign or bring some color into it. The cabin could benefit from a few more choices.. The black interior is too black and the beige interior would be look 10X better if they'd just use black in place of the dark brown. 2. Give the steering some life! Even in Sport mode, the steering feel was rather dull. Not saying it should pull my arms off, but a little feel is required in a sport sedan. 3. Put it on a diet! The Regal handles its' weight well, but just imagine how much better this car could be if it shed a modest 150 pounds. It goes without say, all the benefits associated with this.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AlphaGnome
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        JasonERF
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AlphaGnome
        You nailed it. I got my folks in a CTS recently and it has a similarly complicated center stack. It's actually comical. One thing you forgot was the disappointment of the GS model. North America is denied the TRUE screaming version of this car. Such a shame!
        Michael Kowalski
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AlphaGnome
        1. I agree with ya on this one. I would like some color in my GS interior. The materials quality is good though. 2. If sport mode in the regular regal is the same as the sport in the GS, then that setting is just weak overall, and it's entirely useless/redundant on the GS due to the GS setting. Make sport setting the same as GS in the non-GS regal and make sport setting in the GS something else, maybe an eco mode or something. 3. I don't think 150 lbs would be enough. More like 300-400. Would put it right in the 3400-3500 range. Quicker, more agile, better fuel economy, etc. Getting it down to 3100lbs would be better, but I just can't see how that would be possible without a platform redesign.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Insignia OPC would make for a nice new Grand National.
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mild refresh, still looks nice from what I can tell.
      Dasupersprint
      • 2 Years Ago
      They could facelift the price, too. In Europe it's priced as an Opel, but here it's priced as a ''premium'' Buick. It competes with the Mondeo, so it should be in the Ford Fusion price range logically.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dasupersprint
        Precisely. You're better off with the next-gen Fusion, since it's a rebadged Mondeo and a better car than the Insignia.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's an idea. Go on a diet. GMs are overweight.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        Spot on
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
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        Kent
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        I get sick and tired of hearing that GM cars are overweight. I like heavy cars. I figure that if I'm in a collision with another car, the other car will get the worse of it. I was in a collision between a Bonneville and an RX-7. Guess which one was put back together and which one was totalled because of a seized engine, due to a cracked crankcase?
      timber
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Insignia isn't really a sports sedan. It is just a (good) regular family sedan and Mondeo or Passat competitor.
      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      i agree with those that said the interior is where the $$ should have gone and it all should have gone in one place - that horrid center stack design and layout
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @leo
        Remember, the Regal was supposed to be the next Saturn Aura, not a Regal, and by the time they closed down Saturn the car was too far along in its development to make any serious changes internal or external, GM likely knows the cars interior is a bit down in quality compared to those of other Buicks and this refresh will likely bring along with it an interior enhancement to make it fit in more with the Buick customers expectations and it's price tag in general.
      Rohin Ghai
      • 2 Years Ago
      So this is CTS competition right? I wouldn't put it with the A4, C class or 3 series bunch.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rohin Ghai
        more likely to the tsx, maybe s40 and the g25 too
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Camaroman101
          Did you guys see the comparison in Motor Trend last month? Ouch...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rohin Ghai
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      Jerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs to lose weight, fix the MT system so it shifts better than a John Deere, and the interior needs some major TLC. Improvements in reliability would be nice too. Buick was better than or tied with Lexus for lowest PPV in several quality surveys just a few years ago before the Epsilon platform LaCrosse and Regal showed up. Not even close now.
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like it has tail lights similar to the new malibu.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        They're not production tail lights - they're simply generic clusters used on prototypes.
      • 2 Years Ago
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