The bonds between Buick and its European identity, Opel, grow ever stronger. In the latest word from this month’s Paris Auto Show, we’re told to expect the next Regal to feature much of the design language from Opel’s Monza Concept.
The specific quote from Opel’s head, Karl-Thomas Neumann, is that the Opel Insignia will be principally engineered with the Monza in mind, but as we’ve discussed before, the Insignia wears the Regal badge in our market. Therefore, via the transitive property, the Regal will take cues from the Monza as well.
Now what exactly does that mean? At this point we can only speculate given that the next Regal is set to drop sometime in 2017. It’s fun to look at the pictures and guess, though. We can be reasonably certain that the new Regal will not be featuring the insanely proportioned gullwing doors from the concept car. Those kinds of exotic door systems are always the first to go on the path from car show to showroom.
Looking at the front of the Monza, the front air intakes on the lower fascia feel like more of a natural evolution of the Regal GS’s vents. The overall body style is intriguing as the Regal has been a sedan while the Monza has the long sloping roof and generous rear overhang of a fastback coupe. Adopting this sort of profile would accentuate the sporty vibe of the current regal and give it more distinction from Buick’s other sedans.
Other features we like are the stylized steering wheel and the sawblade rims, but we can acknowledge those would be a stretch on a production model. Check out this photo gallery of the Monza Concept on Autoblog and then let us know what your favorite aspects are. How do you want the next Buick Regal to look?
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