With the vehicles in Buick’s current range, people have taken notice of the long-neglected pseudo-luxury brand. To keep its new look fresh in the public’s mind, Buick needs to update some of its older models. The Enclave crossover was recently refreshed for 2013, and the Regal may be next in line as these spy shots show a face-lifted Opel Insignia testing in Europe.
Based on the completeness of this test mule, development of the next-gen Opel Insignia is likely in its final stages. The headlights appear to be production-ready, with strips of chrome and LEDs lining the insides of the housings. True to Opel’s design language, the grille features horizontal slats, though you can expect the Buick-badged version to sport the traditional waterfall grille when it arrives stateside. In back, a camouflaged horizontal chrome strip bridges the gap between the taillights, and even appears to overlap them – similar to the Opel Cascada convertible released in Europe last year. Whether this design element will make it to the Regal remains to be seen.
Other updates you can expect with the refreshed Buick Regal include an improved interior, a larger screen (with Buick’s Intellilink infotainment system), and new engine options for Europe. When the Opel Insignia is revealed this March at the Geneva Motor Show, we should get a better idea of the refreshed Buick Regal’s final design.
Opel Insignia/Buick Regal prototype images shown below along with photos of the Opel Cascada convertible.
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