When the 2018 Buick Regal goes on sale later this year, customers will have two new variants to choose from — the Sportback and TourX. The Sportback is a hatchback in sedan’s clothing, while the TourX is an honest-to-God wagon that rides slightly higher than the Sportback with some cladding for the added appearance of ruggedness. We saw the Regal Sportback earlier this year when Opel unveiled the new Insignia, so we knew the design would be striking, but the confirmation of a wagon for the American market is something of a surprise.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder powers both models. The mill makes 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in front-wheel-drive models. All-wheel drive ups torque to 295 lb-ft — this is standard on the TourX and optional on the Sportback. All-wheel-drive models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while FWD models receive a nine-speed auto.
The new Regal looks great, but it also puts versatility front and center. The TourX has up to 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats. Even the Sportback, which grows over the outgoing sedan by 3.6 inches to 111.4, offers 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up. That’s twice as much as the 2017 Regal. Drop the seats and space grows to 60.7 cubic feet. Even though the Sportback grows in size over the sedan, about 200 pounds of weight was removed.
A host of safety technologies such as lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert and adaptive cruise control are available, but standard on both the Sportback and the TourX wagon is active hood pedestrian safety. The system can detect an imminent impact of a pedestrian between 16 mph and 30 mph and uses a pyrotechnic actuator to lift the back of the hood up about 4 inches to lessen the impact and potentially reduce injury.
A 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is standard, while an 8-inch system with navigation is optional. Standard equipment includes push-button start, heated side mirrors and 10 airbags.
The Sportback will be available in four trim levels — Regal, Preferred, Preferred II and Essence. The TourX will have three available trim levels — TourX, Preferred and Essence.
Pricing details will be announced closer to the car’s an on-sale date, set for the fourth quarter of this year. The 2018 Buick Regal will make its public debut at the New York auto show later this month.