Facelifted Buick Regal Surfaces In China With Minor Styling Updates

Several pictures of the facelifted Buick Regal have surfaced in China.

Noticed by Autoweek.nl, the images reveal the sedan has been given a light refreshing that mostly focuses on the front and rear fascias.

Starting up front, the Regal has been equipped with a revised grille that features a mesh insert and a thinner chrome bar. It is flanked by restyled headlights which have a small protrusion at the outside edges.

Also Read: 2020 Opel Insignia Shows Off Its New Corsa-Inspired Grille

Further below, we can see a new bumper with a sportier design. It features a larger central air intake as well as new side intakes that incorporate LED lighting units.

The styling changes are less noticeable out back, but there’s a lightly modified bumper and a new dual exhaust system with rectangular tips. The taillights have also been updated, but just barely.

Unsurprisingly, the changes are similar to the ones seen on the facelifted Opel / Vauxhall Insignia. Spy photographers have caught the model on numerous occasions and it will also benefit from new lighting units and a modified front bumper.

There’s no word on performance specs, but the current Regal is offered with two different engines in China. The entry-level option is a turbocharged 1.5-liter that produces 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 186 lb-ft (252 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder which develops 257 hp (192 kW / 261 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.

  • Six_Tymes

    hmm, previous ones were better I think

    • Joe

      The Regal regularly sells over 10000 units a month in China, less than the Excelle GT and GL8 and on par with the Envision, and is one of the biggest selling midsized sedans there that isn’t a VW. No way that GM would leave that and hand those sales to someone else.

  • Joe
  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Really needed some new wheels to go with the new facias. MOst of GM’s alloy wheel designs are very dated. Take a look at what VW are doing GM.

    • FordMopar

      Oh yea, thicker spokes suck. Needs nicer thinner, multi-spokes where you can see the brakes and rotors and etc.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    That color screams 1960’s! Not a fan!


    • Joe

      Shockingly, different parts of the world have different tastes (see most models being available in purple in Japan for much of the past decade, or their early 2000s fascination with pale rose/pink champagne colours).
      I do think this shade of brown looks alright on the Regal though… better than the monotonous whites and silvers most of the planet seem to love so much.

  • Able

    Hey America, look: orange-coloured rear turn signals!

  • Paul

    I liked the previous versions better. These look like they tried to mimic Toyota.

  • Bash

    Could be the best opel yet.

  • Merc1

    OMG just kill Buick off already or at least make it a China exclusive. NO ONE wants a Buick here.


  • slither16

    It’s always in China, not in Germany, not in America, only China and I am sick of it.

    • Joe

      I’m understanding this two possible ways:
      1. It’s always companies prioritising China – this makes sense since it generates huge sales and is therefore one of their largest markets, if not the largest in the world. It makes business sense for them to prioritise the place that buys the most product.
      2. It’s always new models leaked out of China – they aren’t leaked. These are in official MIIT compliance notices that certify the car can be produced. This is the exact same way the Nissan Sentra/Sylphy, Renault Captur, etc etc etc were all revealed too.

      Perhaps I’m still misunderstanding the vagueness of what you’re sick of.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    It probably rides great as a result, but boy! Is that car under-wheeled!

  • charlotteharry57

    Certainly looks bland for a so-called “premium” automobile.

  • Squeaky_1

    This is the mildly inoffensive device they sell now to us in Australia as a ‘Holden’ Commodore. It is doing duty to replace our sadly missed VF2 RWD V6 & V8 Commodores that were designed, refined and manufactured HERE in Australia and had been, in one form or another since 1948. It was the same here with Ford, neither GM or Ford America could handle the competition when we asked to export these all over the world. We were given piecemeal markets which afforded us token sales. when the market slumped here for large RWD’s the Americans took the opportunity and closed down all manufacturing and devastated our national manufacturing base. Now we have to endure things like in the photo above. WE had the best value V8 RWD sedans in the world. The Americans didn’t like that we did it better than they did so they shut us down. The only V8 we can get now in the old style is the Chrsler 300C and SRT (where’s the Hellcat version here??!!) and the Mustang but that’s only a 2-door. Sad time here, down under. BTW, when next you see Mary Barra and her sidkick who closed Holden – Mark Reuss, ask them where the $100million+ handouts are that the Aussie taxpayer gave Holden just before the two of them pulled the plug. Bald faced criminal action – nothing less. That taxpayer money went straight into GM America consolidated revenue and no Aussie saw a cent. Beyond inexcusable and sickening! How they got away with it is beyond me. Our weak-kneed govt should have tracked them back down to their damn boardroom!

  • Zcat

    I’m an American living in the US.
    Born and raised here.

    I remember when Buick was truly American. Riviera, anyone?

    No offense intended; but these Buick’s are designed to look Chinese. Look at that face. I’m not being racist, just an observer stating the truth.

    Buick is not interested in the American consumer, and although a wise decision to follow the money, ( one needs to stay profitable to stay in business) why not cater to your heritage as well?

    Can you imagine what a 2020 Riviera could look like designed for design purpose being the ultimate goal?

    I’m sure, even the Chinese people would love it. Beautiful designs are international. Even beyond different nationalities tastes in design.

    A beauty, is a beauty.

    This design stinks of catering to a certain demographic, instead of just being the best it can be.

    Rant over: I guess that’s why I’m not a car executive.

    • Enter Ranting

      The only reason GM kept Buick is that they’re popular in China.

      • Zcat

        Thanks, Captain Obvious.
        Where would I be without you!

    • Rzrlf

      pepridge farm remembers

      • Zcat

        Thanks for sharing. Also, you look good with that straw hat, or whatever the fk is on your head!

        You’re a riot. You will go far in life. Keep up the good. Someday, it will manifest and enlighten your soul to a place of happiness, growth, and love .?

        • Rzrlf

          howd you find that out? ಠ_ಠ r u my FBI guy?

  • 1) Looks like the headlights of the New 208 based Corsa
    (so who is in charge of Buick and Opel Design? PSA or GM?)
    2) It really looked better before the facelift.
    3) It looks better than it used to be… but it’s still bland for what it wants to be
    4) Inside it’s still so GM that it could be any brand from GM.
    5) I don’t get how this brand can be so successfull in China, everywhere else those cars have what they deserve, bad sales.

  • Sebastian Harkin

    Just Kill the Buick Regal and reintroduce it in the US as the Opel Insignia (sedan only) for when Opel re-enters the US. This is because Opel is part of PSA.

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