Building on the momentum from yesterday’s reveal of the new LaCrosse, Buick has unveiled the updated 2014 Buick Regal sedan. This latest iteration of the midsize model sees an increased focus on both performance and technology.
Gearheads will be pleased to note the presence of a brand-new all-wheel drive system and the introduction of a completely redesigned 2.0 L turbocharged engine as standard. The new all-wheel drive system is designed to maximize grip and stability across changing road conditions and comes with the ability to send up to 90 per cent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels for maximum performance. This new power plant will boost the standard car’s output from 220 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque to 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, allowing for a smoother delivery of the car’s power as well as providing a boost to the car’s sport appeal. The standard model will run its power through a transverse mounted 6-speed automatic transmission while the top-of-the-line GS model will come with a 6-speed manual option.
In accordance with the recent design overhaul across the entire Buick range, the Regal has received cosmetic upgrades designed to give the sedan a more refined, upscale and modern look. The car receives sculpted wing-shaped taillights reminiscent of those found on the new Enclave. Buick has also debuted redesigned headlights, LED running lights, new chrome accents, and revised fascia designed to emphasize the new model’s low and wide stature and lend more of an “upscale and contemporary presence” to the new Regal.
The GS model receives more aggressive changes to create what Buick has labeled a “driver-centric” experience. This includes a lowered ride height, adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes and a new track mode that enables more aggressive driving. The exterior of the GS model also has been subjected to more careful revision to include eye-catching vertical air intakes, trapezoidal exhaust outlets and a rear spoiler.
As part of the increased focus on upscale feel and modern looks, Buick has completely redesigned the interior of the 2014 Regal, paying special attention to the center stack console and the dashboard configuration, which have been stripped down and greatly simplified in comparison with the previous model. The Regal and Regal Turbo models receive a new 4.2-inch color infotainment display, while the GS model also gets a configurable 8-inch gauge display.
As a nod to Buick’s recent top safety pick awards, the Regal comes with a host of optional extras focused on the safety of the driver and their passengers. These include forward collision alert, lane change alert, a refined adaptive cruise control system, collision mitigation braking and a rear cross-traffic alert.
The car is expected to go on sale at dealerships across America this fall.