The 2014 Buick Regal, now arriving in dealerships, will feature both more power, available all-wheel-drive and an expanded suite of safety features, according to General Motors.
It’s been just three years since Buick introduced the current Regal platform – borrowed from its German Opel subsidiary. So, some of these updates come quicker than one might expect. That’s particularly true of the Haldex-style all-wheel-drive system. But with AWD becoming increasingly common, especially in the luxury segment, it’s now a disadvantage for any automaker with upscale aspirations not to offer it in this competitive segment.
The other big change is that Buick will no longer offer two different flavors, if you will, of its popular 2.0-liter turbo. The power ratings will now be the same for both the Regal GS and Regal Turbo models — 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque – which GM boasts is more punch than any of its key competitors, including the Acura TSX, Audi A4, Lexus IS 250 or Mercedes-Benz CLA 250.