Buick becomes more European than ever. The car gets specially tuned chassis to go round the corners, which is something very unusual for American cars, which are designed to go only in straight line. The car also features a driver-selectable suspension system and a firm and has efficient four-cylinder engines, again very unusual.

"The 2011 Buick Regal is like nothing you've ever experienced from this brand," said Susan Docherty, general manager of Buick GMC. "The Regal is the next chapter in Buick's transformation and will expand the portfolio to include a sport sedan."

The new Buick Regal will be released in the second quarter of 2010. The direct competitors of Regal will be Acura TSX and Volvo S60. Buick GMC will bet on the longer wheelbase and greater trunk volume than those vehicles. Regal also features six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels and OnStar, which aren't available as standard either on TSX or S60.

The development of Regal is rooted in Germany, where the globally led engineering team created the award-winning Opel Insignia – the 2009 European Car of the Year. Insignia has more than 31 awards and it is best-selling midsize sedan in Europe. All design, technology and features of Insignia will be brought to the American market through new Buick Regal.

In China, Buick Regal went on sale in December 2008 and since then more than 64,000 have been sold. Buick GMC hope that the car will have the same or even greater success in USA.

The 2011 Buick Regal will be available in CXL trim only. The other two levels of equipment will be added for the 2012 model year. CXL package includes:

  • Standard 2.4L Ecotec direct injected engine rated at an estimated 182 horsepower (136 kW)
  • Available 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged and direct injected engine rated at an estimated 220 horsepower (164 kW) – available late-summer 2010
  • Both engines have a six-speed automatic transmission standard with driver-shifting control
  • Estimated 30 mpg on the highway with the 2.4L and 29 mpg highway with the 2.0L turbo engine
  • MacPherson strut front suspension and four-link independent rear suspension
  • All-new Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) available with the 2.0L turbo, offering driver-selectable suspension settings and automatic driver suspension setting adaptability
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel anti-lock braking system, brake assist and electronic parking brake
  • Standard StabiliTrak stability control system and full-function traction control
  • Standard dual-stage frontal air bags, side-curtain air bags and pedal-release system; rear-seat thorax air bags available
  • Available navigation system, Harmon Kardon sound system, internal flash drive (1GB), hard drive with 10GB for music and USB port
  • Standard 18-inch wheels (19-inch wheels standard with IDCS)
  • Standard 12-way power, leather and heated driver seat; leather and heated passenger front seat; Bluetooth capability; XM Satellite Radio and OnStar.

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2011 BUICK REGAL VS. ACURA TSX AND VOLVO S60*

2011 BUICK REGAL CXL ACURA TSX VOLVO S60
Standard engine horsepower (hp / kW): 182 / 136 (2.4L I4) 201 / 150 (2.4L I4) 208 / 155 (2.5L I5)
Standard six-speed automatic: Yes No No
Fuel economy with standard engine (city / hwy, estimated): 20 / 30 (2.4L I4) 21 / 30 (2.4L) 19 / 28 (2.5L I5)
Wheelbase (in / mm): 107.8 / 2738 106.5  / 2705 106.9 / 2715
Headroom – front (in / mm): 38.8 / 985 37.6 / 955 38.7 / 983
Headroom – rear (in / mm): 36.8 / 935 37.0 / 940 37.9 / 962
Legroom – front ( in / mm): 42.1 / 1069 42.4 / 1077 42.6 / 1082
Legroom – rear (in / mm): 37.3 / 947 34.3 / 871 33.3 / 846
Trunk volume (cu ft / L): 14.25 / 403 12.6 / 357 13.9 / 393
Rear seat thorax air bags: Available Not available Not available
Heated front leather seats: Standard Standard Available
Satellite radio Standard Standard Available
Bluetooth capability Standard Standard Available
Navigation system Available Available Available
OnStar Standard Not available Not available
Standard alloy wheel: 18-inch 17-inch 17-inch

*2009 models of the TSX and S60 cited.

Bold denotes category advantage.

2011 Buick Regal Preliminary Specifications

Overview

Models: 2011 Buick Regal Premium Sport Sedan
Body style / driveline: four-door, 5-passenger front engine transaxle. Front-wheel-drive midsize vehicle
Construction: steel body frame integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders, hood, roof, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel, thermal plastic olefin (TPO) bumper fascias
EPA vehicle class: Midsize
Manufacturing location: Russelsheim, Germany
Key competitors: Acura TSX, Volvo S60, Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat

Engines

2.4L DOHC I-4 2.0L DOHC I-4 Turbo
Displacement (cu in / cc): 145.4 / 2384 122 / 1998
Bore and stroke (in / mm): 3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 98 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86
Block material: precision sand cast aluminum cast aluminum
Cylinder head material: SPM cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing intake and exhaust overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing for intake and exhaust
Ignition System: individual coil-on-plug individual coil-on-plug
Fuel delivery: high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control direct injection with variable high-pressure rail and electronic throttle control
Compression ratio: 11.2:1 9.2:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 182 / 136 @ 6700 rpm (est) 220 / 164 @ 5300 (est)
Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm) 172 / 233 @ 4900 rpm (est) 258 / 349 @ 2000 (est)
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded premium recommended but not required
Max engine speed: 7000 rpm 6350 rpm
Emissions controls: close-coupled, catalytic converter; variable valve timing; positive crankcase ventilation evaporative system close-coupled catalytic converter; variable valve timing; 58x ignition system; returnless fuel rail; wide-range O2 sensor
Estimated fuel economy (city / hwy) 20 / 30 18 / 29

Transmissions

Hydra-Matic 6T45 Aisin AF40
Type: six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive six-speed transverse, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive
Application: 2.4L 2.0L turbo
Gear ratios (:1):

First 4.58 4.14
Second 2.96 2.37
Third 1.91 1.55
Fourth 1.44 1.15
Fifth 1.00 0.86
Sixth 0.74 0.68
Reverse 2.94 3.39
Final Drive 3.23 3.33

Chassis/Suspension

Front: independent, MacPherson strut-type with dual-path mountings, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings; continuous damping control (Interactive Drive Control System) available on models equipped with 2.0L turbo
Rear: four-link independent rear; hollow stabilizer bar; continuous damping control (IDCS available on models equipped with 2.0L turbo
Traction control: all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
Steering type: hydraulic, specifically calibrated rack-and-pinion power steering;  variable-effort with 2.0L turbo
Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock: 2.68 (18- and 19-inch wheels)
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (feet / meters): 37.4 / 11.4 (18- and 19-inch wheels)
Steering ratio: 15.2:1

Brakes

Type: four-wheel disc w/ABS (w/ESC)
Brake rotor diameter – front (in / mm): 2.4L: 11.7 / 296 vented; single-piston, cast iron caliper

2.0L: 12.6 / 321 vented; single-piston, cast iron caliper

Brake rotor diameter – rear (in / mm): 2.4L: 11.5 / 292 solid; single-piston, aluminum caliper

2.0L: 12.4 / 315 vented; single-piston, aluminum caliper

Wheels / Tires

Wheel size and type: 18-inch aluminum (std on all models)

19-inch aluminum (opt with 2.0L turbo

Tires: Michelin Pilot MXM4 P235/50R18

Goodyear Eagle RSA P245/40R19

Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm) : 107.8 / 2738
Overall length (in / mm): 190.2 / 4831
Overall width (in / mm): 73.1 / 1811
Overall height (in / mm): 58.4 / 1483
Front track (in / mm): 62.4 / 1585
Rear track (in / mm): 62.5 / 1587

Interior

Seating capacity (front / rear): 2 / 3
Headroom (in / mm): 38.8 / 985 (front)

36.8 / 935 (rear)

Legroom (in / mm): 42.1 / 1069 (front)

37.3 / 947 (rear)

Shoulder room (in / mm): 56.7 / 1440 (front)

54.4 / 1382 (rear)

Hip room (in / mm): 55.4 / 1407 (front)

52.3 / 1328 (rear)

EPA Passenger Volume (cu ft / L) : 96.81 / 2741
EPA Interior Volume (cu ft / L): 111.1 / 3146
Cargo Volume (cu ft / L): 14.25 / 403

Capacities

Fuel tank (gal / L): 18.5 / 70
Engine oil (qt / L): 2.4L: 5.0 / 4.7

2.0L: 6.3 / 6.0

Curb weight (lbs / kg): 3600 /1633 (2.4L)