Buick might be an American brand, but apparently, the Chinese are very fond of it. I mean, Buick’s portfolio in China has significantly more vehicles compared to the brand’s home market. The Regal sedan which stopped selling in North America at the end of 2019, has just received a second facelift for the Chinese market. It is still in its 6th generation, but as mentioned, a second facelift. Prices in China start at RMB 159,800 (US$ 22,487 or INR 18.50 lakh).
When it comes to styling, the 2024 Buick Regal facelift is literally a facelift because the rest of the car doesn’t look any different. The front fascia adopts Buick’s new design language with a large, single grille. The shape of the headlights looks the same, but they’re apparently new LED units with integrated boomerang-shaped DRLs. The redesigned front bumper houses large air curtains.
The front fascia gives a bit of Camry (XV70) vibes, but maybe that’s just me. But anyway, as mentioned, the rest of the car doesn’t look any different from what it looked about two years ago, except for the new tri-shield Buick logos. The top-spec model gets 18-inch aluminium-alloy wheels in a double-five-spoke design.
Inside, Buick claims to have improved noise insulation by what it calls Buick QuietTuning technology—which apparently offers a tranquil cabin environment. Other key highlights inside include wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity, Baidu CarLife, Baidu AI voice assistant, wireless smartphone charging, 6-way electrically-adjustable front seats, anti-pinch sunroof, and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Passive safety includes 6 airbags as standard.
In China, the Buick Regal is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine that offers 174 kW (237 metric hp) at 5,000 rpm and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. The engine is coupled with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The cylinder deactivation technology can shut off two cylinders for fuel efficiency benefits.
A 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol option is also available, offering 124 kW (169 metric hp) at 5,600 rpm and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,700 and 4,400 rpm. This engine is also coupled with a 9-speed automatic gearbox.