Buick will be looking to offer a comprehensive updates to its sedans in America to be more competitive in the market and attract more customers. According to a report by GM Authority the manufacturer sees potential in the updated 2017 Buick Regal, which had earlier lost some of its sales to the Buick Verano that was launched in 2011.
The 2017 Buick Regal will be based on General Motors’ new E2XX platform that’s also used on the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. It is expected that the Regal will be bigger in dimensions than the current model, and will feature proportions similar to the Chevrolet Malibu which currently is 193.8 inches (4.92 m) long with a wheelbase of 111.4 inches (2.82 m). The previous generation of the Regal that was based on the Epsilon II platform was 190.2 inches (4.83 m) long featuring a wheelbase of 107.8 inches (4.92 m).
The E2XX platform is also lighter with its new architecture playing a critical role in reducing the sedan’s kerb weight. It is expected that the 2017 Regal could be lighter by 300 to 500 pounds (136 kg to 226.79 kg) that’s set to improve the sedan’s handling characteristics and fuel economy.
A new standard 1.5 litre I4 turbo engine loaned by the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is likely to replace the current 2.0 litre I4 LTG engine. The range topping GS Trim is expected to be carried on to the new generation as well; however details on the engine specifications are still unknown.
The 2017 Regal is set to feature the latest generation technology and infotainment systems from the manufacturer, with the sedan expected to go on sale in 2016, the report adds.
[Source – GMAuthority]