5 Things You Need to Know About Buick's Upcoming Regal Wagon
By the end of 2017 Buick will have shown a total of seven new models in a span of 24 months. For model year 2018 Buick will bring over the Opel Insignia Country Tourer rebadged as a Buick Regal Wagon. Here are 5 things we know about the 2018 Buick Regal Wagon.
1. It Will Wear the Regal TourX Badge
AutoGuide sleuths discovered trademark applications filed on December 16, 2015 for Regal TourX and TourX, intended for use on “Motor land vehicles, namely automobiles.” It’s believed the Regal TourX could feature Allroad-esque styling, complete with AWD, a slightly raised ride height and plastic clad bumpers and fenders.
2. A Regal Wagon is Definitely Coming
Six months after TourX trademarks were discovered, word broke from Buick’s annual dealer meetings, the Regal Wagon is definitely coming. Attendees allegedly saw the 2018 Regal, Regal GS and Regal TourX, along with the redesigned 2018 Enclave.
3. We Will See it by Next Spring
Yesterday, Buick officials let slip the 2018 Buick Regal would make its debut in Q2 2017, leaving the New York International Auto Show in April as the favorite candidate for location.
The Regal will once again share its bones with the Opel Insignia, which will make it’s debut during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.
4. Buick Will Offer a V6 This Time
Buick sources also confirmed the addition of a V6 engine option for 2018 in response to more powerful competitors. It’s thought the new Regal will make use of GM’s ubiquitous 3.6-liter V6, but admittedly, we’re hoping for Opel’s incredibly hot 2.8-liter twin-turbo V6 currently doing duty in the Insignia OPC.
A diesel is also reportedly on deck, but not for another three to five years.
5. Imported from Germany
Presently, the Buick Regal rolls out of GM Canada’s Oshawa Assembly plant, alongside platform mates from Chevrolet and Cadillac. However, Regal production in Oshawa is slotted to end in 2017. It’s believed 2018 Regal production will migrate to Opel’s Rüsselsheim, Germany, assembly facility where it will share space with variants from Vauxhall, Opel and Holden.
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