2018 Buick Regal Sportback, Regal TourX First Look | Edmunds

2018 Buick Regal Sportback, Regal TourX First Look


Ahead of the New York Auto Show, Buick on Tuesday unveiled the all-new 2018 Buick Regal. And unlike the current sedan, the new Regal will be available as both a hatchback, which Buick calls the Sportback, and a wagon, dubbed the TourX.

2018 Buick Regal

The Sportback combines the attributes of a traditional midsize sedan with sleek, coupelike styling and the convenience of a hatchback. With a wheelbase that's 3 inches longer than the outgoing Regal sedan's, the new hatchback provides 31.5 cubic feet of cargo space, or 60.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Despite the increase in size, the new model is actually 200 pounds lighter than the previous sedan.

An even more interesting addition to the lineup is the 2018 Regal TourX, intended to take on such competitors as the Subaru Outback and the Volvo V60 Cross Country. Although it's designed like a traditional station wagon, Duncan Aldred, global vice president for Buick and GMC, called it "a crossover in the truest sense of the word, with the drive dynamics of a car and the versatility of an SUV."

2018 Buick Regal

The TourX is 3.4 inches longer than the Sportback, rides higher, has a slightly more rugged appearance and comes with standard all-wheel drive. With the rear seats folded down, there's an impressive 73.5 cubic feet of cargo room, and it can be accessed via an available hands-free liftgate.

Both new Regal models are propelled by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that GM estimates will produce 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. On the Sportback, power is routed to the front wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission, or an eight-speed automatic with the optional all-wheel drive. The TourX comes standard with the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

2018 Buick Regal

The modern, upscale interior of both models features such standard amenities as a 7-inch information display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, push-button start and entry, hill start assist and a universal home remote. There's also an OnStar Wi-Fi hotspot and a free five-year subscription to the OnStar basic plan.

Standard active safety features include a new pedestrian safety system that senses an imminent impact and lifts the hood up about 4 inches to reduce injury. Optional items include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

2018 Buick Regal

The 2018 Buick Regal Sportback will be available in four trim levels — Regal, Preferred, Preferred II and Essence — while the TourX can be ordered in TourX, Preferred and Essence. Trim-level details will be available in the near future.

The new models will begin arriving at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year. A Buick spokesperson told Edmunds that pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

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