|2010 Buick Regal sedan|
With the death of Saturn's Aura model (and all of its models because the brand has been axed by the "new" General Motors, along with Pontiac) Buick is expected to get a Opel Insignia based 4-door sedan - the car will be named the Regal. A version of the Regal, already branded is currently on sale in the Chinese market. Like the new LaCrosse, the Regal will be based on the Epsilon II front-wheel-drive platform, though the Regal will be positioned just below the LaCrosse by forgoing some of the more premium elements of the sleek-looking LaCrosse.
The Regal will be about four inches shorter in wheelbase than the LaCrosse, and about seven inches shorter in overall length. Powertrain offerings will likely stick to the 180-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, with a possible optional engine upgrade to the 3.0-liter V-6 also found in the base version of the LaCrosse, leaving the upmarket models of the LaCrosse with a further step above the Regal in the form of the 3.6-liter V-6 with Direct Injection. No word yet on transmission choices, but I assume that the 5 and/or 6 speed automatic transmissions would be the obvious choices for this Buick.