GM pulled the covers off of the next-generation Opel Insignia in Europe, and an upcoming iteration of this striking midsize sedan will serve as the basis for the 2018 Buick Regal. Save for a different grille and some minor trim tweaks, the Buick is expected to launch here largely unchanged in late 2017.

Sleeker look

Pictured in its Grand Sport guise and set for its debut next March at the Geneva Auto Show, the Opel Insignia is based on GM’s new Epsilon 2XX platform introduced on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. In addition to trimming up to 386 pounds from the curb weight, the new model has a slightly wider track and stretches the wheelbase 3.6 inches to enhance rear-seat comfort. 

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The new Insignia draws its coupe-like exterior styling from the Opel Monza Concept. Slightly longer and 1.1 inches lower than the car replaces, the Insignia boasts a 0.26 coefficient of drag and bookends its aerodynamically sculpted bodywork with elegant front and rear lighting including Opel’s corner-following IntelliLux LED matrix headlights.

More luxury inside 

Inside, the Insignia’s cabin offers a selection of rich trims, fully ventilated and ergonomically configured seats that offer a massage function and premium infotainment packages with OnStar along with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay plus a new Personal Assistant service.  

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Opel said the Insignia will be fitted with “a wide range of latest generation turbocharged engines,” and we expect at least one in the U.S. will be 2.0-liter gasoline-fueled 4-cylinder unit. It confirmed a new 8-speed automatic will be available but initially only on Insignia models fitted with a new all-wheel drive system that features torque vectoring. The AWD model will be a step up from the standard front-drive version. Also on the Insignia’s menu is a FlexRide chassis with Standard/Sport/Tour modes that alter the steering, throttle and suspension maps and works with a new Drive Mode Control that oversees the available adaptive chassis.  

Among the key safety/driver-assist features available on the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport are a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist with automated steering, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera. All seem likely to appear on the 2018 Buick Regal, which could make its first appearance as early as the New York Auto Show in April. Like its Opel cousin, the new Buick Regal also is expected to spawn a crossover-style sportwagon variant at some point.


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