Revived Regal nameplate model will be a derivative of the Opel Insignia. The new Buick Regal is expected to make it to market in North America in 2010 as a 2011 model.

This picture of the U.S.- spec Buick Regal has been posted by a user on Facebook who had the fortuitousness to spot the upcoming model on the street somewhere.

WCF has previously reported that the North-American-market Buick Regal will closely resemble the Chinese-market one - and both models are derivatives of the European Car of the Year Award-winning Opel Insignia. Although GM has, in the past, degraded the value of many of its models and brands through gratuitous badge engineering, this particular move seems like a smart choice given how the Insignia is a successful and critically well-received model.

The newly revived Regal will not only feature a similar body style to the Insignia but will share many of the same components too. Engines expected are a 2.0 liter turbocharged powerplant with 217 hp, as well as a 2.8 liter turbocharged V6 with 256 hp. The Regal may even come to borrow the 2.8 liter turbo V6 from the Insignia OPC/VXR which is dialed up to 325 hp in Europe.

The Buick Regal is slated for release in the North American market in 2010 as a 2011 model. It will be placed below the LaCrosse in the Buick model range.


Gallery: U.S. Spec Buick Regal Caught by Facebook User