Based on the critically-acclaimed Opel Insignia, the Regal boasts European styling, powerful engines, and a sport-tuned chassis.

GM has released new information about the 2011 Buick Regal.

Based on the critically-acclaimed Opel Insignia (it'll even be built in Russelsheim, Germany), the Regal boasts European styling, powerful engines, and a sport-tuned chassis.

Under the hood, power comes from two four-cylinder engines - a 2.4-liter Ecotec with 182 hp (136 kW) and 172 lb-ft (233 Nm) of torque, and a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter with 220 hp (164 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Backed up by a six-speed automatic transmission, the 2.4L is expected to average 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway, while the 2.0T will return 18 mpg city / 29 mpg highway.

Other performance features include a MacPherson strut front suspension, a four-link independent rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, StabiliTrak stability control, and an optional Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) with three driver-selectable suspension modes.

Aimed at other midsize "near-luxury" cars (the Volvo S60 and Acura TSX), the Regal comes nicely equipped with 12-way power front seats (with heating), leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, XM satellite radio, OnStar, and 18-inch wheels. Options include a navigation system and a Harmon Kardon sound system with an internal hard drive that can hold up to 10 gigabytes of music.

Set to go on sale in the second quarter of 2010 (the turbocharged model arrives in summer 2010), the Regal will slot below the $27,085 Buick LaCrosse.

Check out the press release for full details

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