Say goodbye to Buick Regal Sedan, and say hello to Buick's newest offers. In 2018, the upscale automobile company is having an overall haul by offering a midsize Regal SportBack with coupe-ish styling and the Regal TourX, which is a crossover but we can also safely call it a wagon.
It has been a running fact that the American consumers’ love for sedans is sadly declining. But it's far from extinction as more than 3 million midsize vehicles have been sent off by dealers in 2016. And since the trend is crystal clear, General Motors decided to act on this pattern. The Buick Regal sales of 20,000 for the last 2 years seems to be more impressive than most, but just barely.
Buick is known for its conservatism, but with the 2018 Regal, General Motor's luxury stamp is taking things to a whole new level. With no competitive sedan in sight, consumers can choose between the newcomers, the 2018 Regal Sportback and TourX. Rather than a 4-door sedan shaped vehicle, the Regal Sportback will sport a liftback design akin to the Audi A7.
For loyal followers of Buick who prefer a more dynamic option, then the Regal TourX is theirs for the taking -- a tough competitor alongside the Audi A4 Allroad, Volvo V60 Cross Country and the Subaru Outback. The Sportback has a low roofline that Buick deemed as coupe-like, giving it a chic aesthetic compared to the rival hatchbacks. It is closely like the Audi A5 Sportback. It’s actually no coincidence! It’s where Buick copied the name from. Moreover, the TourX wagon, considered as the 1st Buick wagon ever since the 1990s roadmaster, has more of a conventional look.
TourX will have the standard all-wheel drive, but it’s optional on the Sportback as this unit will have the front wheel standard drive. The TourX wagon sports a black lower body cladding that can amuse the consumer's SUV fancy, and is considered 3.4 inches longer than the Sportback and is raised 0.6 inches higher above ground. A 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is standard along the line-up, with 250 hP, 295 lb-feet torque and an 8-speed automatic transmission in all-wheel drive units.
The Sportback, which will have a front-wheel drive, will have a 9-speed automatic transmission but it has only 260 lb-ft of torque. Identical to the other GM vehicles, the 2018 Buick Regal line-up will be equipped with Onstar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, an infotainment system compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto and a range of driver-assist features.
Both Regal versions are modelled from the European-market Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, no wonder it looks a bit familiar. All 2018 Regal variants will be also manufactured in Germany together with their European equivalent, although General Motors is in the process of selling Opel to PSA Peugeot Citroen. The pricing for the Regal collection has not been revealed yet, but it may be announced shortly before the unveiling. The all new Buick Regal line-up will be unveiled next week at the 2017 New York Auto Show, and will be made available to the public in the latter part of this year.