Having finally reached showrooms after an extended pre-launch runup, the all-new 2011 Buick Regal was the subject of some intriguing inside speculation during a recent web chat with the division's Product Marketing Director, Roger McCormack. Although not ready to confirm any decisions beyond the current sedan body style, McCormack did admit that "we are looking at all options -- a coupe, convertible, a wagon, a retractable hardtop and more. We don't know right now which direction we'll go. We think the Buick brand can stretch in a lot of directions."
The only other infobit McCormack officially addressed about this mid-side front drive four-door was that production of the first North American units of Buick's newest offering will commence during the first quarter of 2011 at the Oshawa Assembly Center in Ontario, Canada. At the moment, the sole 2011 Buick Regal model on sale is the CXL with a 182-horsepower/2.4-liter naturally-aspirated Ecotec four-cylinder. However, sometime in late summer it will be joined by a more performance-oriented CXL Turbo variant that adds $2,500 to the CXL's $26,995 base sticker but is fitted with a 220-horse/2.0-ilter turbocharged Ecotec four in an enthusiast-oriented package that will also offer Buick's Interactive Drive Control System as an option. For model year 2012 -- think early calendar year 2011---an even more affordable Regal CX will make its debut.
Also waiting in the wings -- albeit with no firm arrival date -- is the Buick Regal GS. This range-topping hard-core variant will be based on the concept car revealed at this year's Detroit Auto Show. While no detailed information regarding this spiritual successor to the earlier Regal Gran Sport models has been revealed, the feature set on the Motown one-off included a 255-horse 2.0-liter turbo engine, all-wheel drive, Brembo brakes and 20-inch alloy wheels.