Buick Regal Celebrates 40th Anniversary
The Buick Regal is celebrating its 40th model-year anniversary with the 2013 Regal. Best known for the GNX and Grand National models the midsize luxury vehicle is currently the longstanding name in Buick’s current lineup.
Buick announced the first Regal in September of 1973. The “Century Regal” as it was known featured a standard 350 cubic inch V8 engine. A few years later in 1975 Buick quickly switched to a V6 engine as a result of the Arab oil embargo. With its wide opera windows and long body lines the Regal was one of General Motors first personal luxury vehicles at the start of the era.
The next generation came in 1978 which although downsized still offered a 3.8 liter turbocharged engine. This made Buick the first mainstream brand to offer a turbocharged engine. An update followed in 1988 breaking ground again with front wheel drive and an award winning six cylinder engine lineup. 1997 brought even more updates for the Regal including the debut of the brand’s first supercharged V 6.
Today the newest generation Regal is outfitted with its most powerful standard engine yet. The Regal houses a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine producing 259 horsepower and 295 lbs-ft of torque. Consumers also have an option of choosing a 2.4 liter engine with General Motor’s eAssist light electrification technology. This advanced engine would give EPA estimated fuel ratings of 25 mpg and 36 mpg highway. Introduced this year the 2014 Regal will for the first time offer all-wheel drive. With sport handling combined with technologically advanced engines the Regal is celebrating its 40th year by enticing new and younger buyers to the Buick brand.