All-New 2018 Buick Regal Is Now a Sportback and a Wagon


The Buick Regal has been completely overhauled from rockers to roof for 2018, gaining a three-inch longer wheelbase and losing some 200 pounds in the process while offering a wide range of new technologies. But none of this is the biggest news for this tri-shield offering.

The car’s headlining feature is its new Sportback body, which melds the sleekness of a sedan with the convenience of a hatchback. This “coupe-like design” provides four-door access with ample cargo space. Behind the rear seats, it provides some 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the 40/20/40 split backrests down and that figure exceeds 60, more space than you get in a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe or Audi A5 Sportback.

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But arguably even more significant than this is the concurrent reveal of the TourX, a station wagon version of the car, which provides lusty style with even greater practicality.

Riding slightly higher than the Sportback model, the TourX is designed to compete with cars like the Volvo V60 Cross Country and Audi Allroad, providing more than 73 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. All-wheel drive is standard and its body is some three inches longer than the Sportback’s.

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Motivating these Buicks is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Horsepower should measure 250. As for torque, if you opt for front-wheel drive (in the Sportback) it clocks in at 260 lb-ft, but if you go with optional all-wheel-drive (standard in the TourX), the twist swells to 295. Yes, please!

As for transmissions, front-drive variants feature an all-new nine-speed automatic. Examples equipped with four-corner traction make do with an eight-ratio self-shifter.

As mentioned, the Regal Sportback’s body is about 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor’s, getting stiffer, stronger and better in the process. In lightest form, this car weighs less than 3,750 pounds.

One groundbreaking feature is this car’s new active hood pedestrian safety system. At speeds between 16 and 30 miles an hour, it can detect an imminent collision with a person and lift the hood by about four inches to lessen the impact.

Inside, these Buicks should offer a cockpit-like cabin with a driver-focused center stack. Premium materials and comfortable accommodations are also a hallmark of this vehicle.

When it comes to standard equipment, the Regal is generously equipped, with every model featuring standard hill start assist, 10 air bags, heated side-view mirrors and a seven-inch infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An eight-inch screen is optional.

The 2018 Buick Regal will be built in Germany. It’s set to go on sale in the fourth-quarter of the year. Pricing and efficiency information has not been released yet.

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  • Kamaka

    They both look great, but Buick needs to keep prices reasonable not like the Envision priced in the next size up. I wonder where this will be built and if Opel will continue designing after they leave GM.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    One wagon…oops, I mean “TourX,” please.

    I guess you could say I have…

    ( •_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■)

    TourX Syndrome.

  • Joey Johnson

    It’s a effing station wagon…………..gonna be a DUD.

  • crustyone

    Built in Germany. Are they using a 2.0-liter MINI engine? German engineering and workmanship is good but I was under the impression that American vehicles would be built here in the U.S.A.

  • jimbo124816

    A little late for the April Fools Day joke, Buick. Try it a little earlier next year.

    Making a Station wagon and a hatchback when everyone seems to want an SUV, is not a great marketing decision. Were these cars designed by some unknown accountants in the basement of a bureaucratic building in Cincinnati?

    I’ll bet this is part of the reason they dumped the better selling Pontiac Division and kept the Buicks. The Chinese love Buicks even more than Cadillacs, so Government Motors decided that we need to cater to our new best friends.

  • Adan Eugène

    So GM actually markets, sells and builds cars all over the world. And has different divisions all over the world. It has acquired “Opel” in Germany about 30+ years ago. Essentially most Buicks are designed and engineered by Opel of Germany and or Deawoo of South Korea. This has been going on for a few years now. They are marketed as Buicks here in North America and China though. So in short Buicks are foreign imports.

  • keitj

    GM have now vehicle in europe the Buick will be built by PSA group they own brands such a Citroën Peugeot now opel and vauxhall.
    The brick will continue to use the two litre ecotech engine you might I believe you are getting the 1.5 Ltr unit as well however in europe we prefer the morE refined 1.6 197 bhp petrol engine over the chevy 1.5 as for V6 well there no production set up for a V6 ENGINE In europe but when production move you may get one but the current trend is away from large capacity engine.
    As for being a hatchet back rather than 3 box saloon well it’s time to catch up with the rest of the world.
    The cuv Estate car (wagon) XTOURER. Look real good you lot should try the new diesela they are good .

  • Jim Davis

    I’ve driven Audi wagons for the past 17 years. Want the cargo space; don’t want a SUV. I can’t figure out why manufacturers think Americans what the ugly plastic cladding on our wagons. The Opel Insignia looks great without it, as do Audi, MB, Volvo estates sold in Europe without it. They should lose the cladding, or make it a dealer install option. And that chrome strip extending beyond the top of the windows down to the brake light is just plain goofy looking.